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Transportation Specialists

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Transportation specialists usually work in offices. They may work outdoors when escorting passengers or processing shipments.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,627 - $237,558


Transportation specialists coordinate, monitor, control, and supervise the movement of personnel, equipment, and cargo by air, land, and sea. Along with managing technical and logistical support for all facets of transportation operations, they initiate, research, and propose necessary changes to the traffic management system for cost effectiveness and to meet mission requirements.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Transportation specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to making transportation arrangements and may include:

  • Planning transportation for personnel and cargo
  • Proper cargo handling shipping and storing methods
  • Analysis of transportation documents

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in arranging travel schedules
  • Interest in serving people
  • Interest in using computers

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