MOS 88A—Transportation Officer

Transportation Officer (MOS 88A) Description / Major Duties:

The Transportation Corps is responsible for moving supplies, troops and equipment anywhere on the globe. During war, the Transportation Corps utilizes trucks, boats and airplanes to provide extremely fast support to the combat teams on the frontlines. Transportation Officers are experts in the systems, vehicles and procedures of moving troops and supplies in the Army.

The responsibilities of a Transportation Lieutenant may include:

  • Commanding and controlling Transportation operations and combined armed forces during land combat.
  • Coordinate employment of Transportation Soldiers at all levels of command, from platoon to battalion and higher, in U.S. and multi-national operations.


Transportation Officer training includes completion of the Transportation Basic Officer Leader Course (TBOLC), where you will learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles, to include training in the transportation core competencies of Deploying Forces; Distribution Synchronization; Joint/Combined Transportation Network; Sea and Air Cargo Transportation; and Material and Personnel Movements that you will see and use as Transportation Corps leaders. Your training will take place in classrooms and in the field.

Helpful Skills

Being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities. A leader exhibits self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence. They are physically fit and can perform under physical and mental pressures. Leaders make decisions quickly, always focusing on completing the mission successfully, and show respect for their subordinates and other military officers. Leaders lead from the front and adjust to environments that are always changing. They are judged by their ability to make decisions on their own and bear ultimate moral responsibility for those decisions.

Advanced Responsibilities of a Transportation Officer

Transportation Officers may continue in the Operations career field, serving in the Transportation Corps at ever increasing levels of leadership and responsibility. Upon completion of the Captains Career Course, Transportation Officers become Logistics Officers. As Logistics Officers, they become well-rounded in other logistical subjects such as supply, maintenance, health service support, ammunition, field services, fuel and water operations, and contracting.

Responsibilities of a Transportation Captain may include:

  • Commanding and controlling company-sized Transportation and Logistics operations in units (200-300 Soldiers).
  • Coordinate employment of Transportation Soldiers at all levels of command, from company to division level and beyond, in U.S. and multi-national operations.
  • Develop doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique Transportation and Logistics missions.
  • Provide instruction on Transportation vehicles and systems at service schools and combat training centers.
  • Serve as a Transportation advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations.

Related Civilian Jobs

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Article Last Modified: February 26, 2011

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