Job Family: Transportation, Supply, and Logistics Supply and Warehousing Managers
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard

Supplemental Information
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Photo 1:Preparing to load new inventory into warehouse. Photo 2:
Supply warehouse manager discussing needed suplies with a vendor.

Benjamin Travis
Occupation: Supply and Warehousing Manager

I wanted to serve in the military, get a college education, and have a chance to play college basketball. So I applied for and was selected to atte…

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Short Description
The military needs vast amounts of supplies to feed and supply its personnel. Tons of materials such as food, fuel, medicine, and ammunition must be ordered, stored, and distributed each day. Supply and warehousing managers plan and direct personnel who order, receive, store, and issue equipment and supplies.


What They Do
Supply and warehousing managers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Analyze the demand for supplies and forecast future needs
  • Direct personnel who receive, inventory, store, and issue supplies and equipment
  • Manage the inspection, shipping, handling, and packaging of supplies and equipment
  • Direct the preparation of reports and records
  • Evaluate bids and proposals submitted by potential suppliers
  • Study and establish ways to use space and distribute supplies efficiently

Helpful Attributes
Helpful fields of study include business administration, inventory management, and operations research. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:
  • Warehousing and storage procedures
  • Handling and packaging procedures
  • Administrative procedures
  • Field supply management
  • Planning for future supply needs

Work Environment
Supply and warehousing managers usually work in offices and warehouses. At times, they may be exposed to loud noise from machines and equipment.


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian supply and warehousing managers work for storage companies, manufacturers, hospitals, schools, and government agencies. They perform duties similar to those performed by military supply and warehousing managers. They may also be called warehouse managers or operations managers.

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