A big part of life on a Navy ship is making sure the right items
arrive at the right time. As a Supply Corps Officer, that means
you're making sure the right sonar parts arrive so technicians can
make repairs, or the right medicines show up on the way to a
humanitarian mission across the world, or simply that tonight's
meal is ready for Sailors on your ship. Navy missions rely on
having logistics down to a science, which is why Supply Corps
Officers are so valuable. These Sailors know how to get just about
anything to anywhere at any time, no matter the distance.
What to Expect
Navy Supply Corps Officer
The success and safety of every mission depends on getting
needed supplies, materials and equipment at a moment's notice.
Supply Corps officers make sure the Navy has what it needs, when it
needs it. Responsibilities for this job may include:
* Analyzing the demand for supplies and forecast future needs *
Ensuring all parts and equipment needed for ship maintenance and
repairs are ordered and received on time * Overseeing all retail
services, logistics and culinary operations * Managing the
inspection, shipping, handling, and packaging of supplies and
equipment * Directing personnel who receive inventory and issue
supplies and equipment * Evaluating bids and proposals submitted by
potential suppliers * Maintaining budgets * Studying ways to use
space and distribute supplies efficiently * Determining the
fastest, most economical way to transport cargo or personnel *
Overseeing the handling of special items such as medicine and
Professionals in Navy purchasing, supply and logistics work in
offices, shore-based warehouses, air cargo terminals at naval air
stations and aboard ships and submarines. The diverse working
locations provide a variety of excellent opportunities for
expanding knowledge and skills in inventory management, financial
management, procurement and warehouse management.
Training & Advancment
Those pursuing a Supply Corps Officer position are required to
attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. ODS is a
five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense
introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers.
Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its
rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and
Once that training is complete, you will learn the ins and outs
of life as a Supply Corps Officer through the following specialized
Navy Supply School (27 weeks) in Newport, RI, for training in
inventory management, food and retail operations, leadership,
management and problem solving.
Advanced training for prospective Supply Corps Officers may also
be available. This specialized training may cover subjects
including transportation management, freight classifications,
methods of working with civilian carriers, and special handling of
medical goods and explosives.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive
and based on performance.
It's also important to note that specialized training received
and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to
valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related
fields like logistics and business management.
Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help
ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous
financial assistance and continuing education programs.
Opportunities for further education within this platform
* An MBA in Logistics Management from The Naval Postgraduate
School (NPS) or a number of their approved CIVINS (Civilian
Institutions) * An MBA in Petroleum Management from the University
of Kansas * Navy College Program * VOLED Assistance Center * VOLED
Region Advisors * Navy War College (NWC) * USAF Air University Air
Command and Staff College
Qualifications & Requirements
A degree from a four-year college or university is a minimum
educational requirement to become a Commissioned Officer . You must
also attend Officer Training. There may be exceptions to the degree
requirements based on extensive service experience.
To qualify for employment consideration as a Supply Corps
Officer in the Navy, you must be a U.S. citizen, be qualified for
sea duty and be willing to serve worldwide. Degrees in business,
science, technology, engineering and mathematics are preferred but
not required. A graduate degree is preferred by not required.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before .
Serving part-time in the Navy Reserve, your duties will be
carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods.
During monthly drilling, Supply Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve
typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you
the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without
compromising your civilian career at home.
For annual training, Supply Corps Officers may serve anywhere in
the world, whether at sea or on shore stations at home and
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and
responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors .
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training.
The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of
one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year
(referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent.
Supply Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer
role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes
with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience
satisfies the initial leadership training requirement - so you will
not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than
the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior
military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership
training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission
Officer (DCO) School in Newport, RI. This will count as your first
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