Leaders win through superior logistics, and no one knows logistics better than military veterans. No base or mission can operate successfully without the proper materials, equipment, and staff. In every branch of service, logistics, warehousing, and transportation are wide-reaching fields that give veterans exposure to multiple career paths and make them highly-sought after to bring order and accountability to an organization’s bottom line.
Luckily for civilian employers, veterans are highly trained in purchasing and contracting; as well as resource allocation. They seamlessly coordinate many different variables, including the requirements for and the availability of supplies, equipment, personnel, and transportation. They also know how to factor in maintenance and scheduling considerations as well as cost.
What’s more, these professionals are well-versed in:
- Warehousing and storage procedures
- Handling and packaging
- Administrative procedures
- Field supply management
- Planning for future supply needs
The armed services require tons of food and materials to operate successfully. Food, fuel, medicine, and ammunition must be ordered, stored and distributed each day. Supply and warehousing managers must plan and direct personnel who order, receive, store and issue equipment and supplies.
On a typical day, veterans working in logistics and supply may dedicate money to different accounts, contact vendors, set up contracts, manage office travel, and oversee whatever is needed to run facility services. Others manage financials or warehouse operations. They are accustomed to working with budgets in the millions of dollars. They must ensure that funds are properly spent and accounted for.
“Many veterans have subject matter expertise in logistics, warehousing, and supply chain. They understand how it works and are quickly able to climb and master the learning curve,” said one retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant. As an administrative chief, he set up organizations and processes, managed and trained people, oversaw inventory and ordering of supplies, met stringent deadlines, and prepared statistics.
“One of the best assets I had coming out of the Marines was the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds all across the United States, and to understand what triggers them,” he related. “As an administrative chief, I dealt with all kinds of inventory from furniture to equipment, and I had to order supplies. Because I also worked with data, accuracy was important.” He highlighted those skills on his resume and now puts them to use for a global supply chain management and logistics services company.
Logistics management is a basic factor in the success of any company’s operations and has a direct impact on its bottom line. And there is no better place to find trained logistics professionals than the United State military.
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by: Katie Becker