An organization more than 380,000 must have a strong support team to fulfill mission objectives by assuring all supplies, materials, and equipment are stocked properly and readily available. The men and women of the purchasing and supply community provide the organization and availability of materials and resources to their fellow Sailors to help each mission run successfully and safely. If you are responsible, possess good math skills, and have a mind for tracking and ordering mission-critical materials and equipment, this could be the career field for you.
What Will You Do?
You might find yourself inspecting and organizing a destroyer’s postal center or ship’s store to maximize productivity and the delivery of letters or supplies. Or maybe you’ll evaluate different bids and proposals for flight equipment to outfit your squadron’s pilots and aircrew personnel. Some of your other duties might be to:
- Keep fiscal records of a facility
- Order, store, check, and issue Naval aircraft and aeronautical equipment and accessories, including flight gear
- Prepare inventory reports and correspondence
- Keep official publications up to date
- Maintain financial logs and records
- Operate computer systems that provide logistic support information for submarine supplies and accounting functions
- Organize and operate Navy post offices, ashore and afloat
Skills and Training
Through on-the-job training and formal Navy schooling, you might learn postal procedures needed to run the post office on your ship or submarine, or at a land-based facility. Or you may learn the accounting principles needed to maintain a multi-million-dollar government budget.
In addition, your training might prepare you for a future career as a:
During later stages of career development, advanced technical and operational training is available in this rating.
- Stock Control Supervisor
- Cargo Agent
- Budget Accountant
- Retail Store Manager
- Accounting Clerk
- Purchasing Agent
- Stock/Shipping Clerk
- Post Office Clerk
Earn College Credits
Much of the training you’ll receive in the purchasing and supply field can be counted toward credit hours for a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. You might also have the opportunity for continued education through various college programs and/or tuition assistance.
Whether your skills and training lie within the accounting, postal, or retail management areas, the knowledge and experiences you’ll receive in the Navy purchasing and supply field will last a lifetime.