By Karl Kandt
Transportation officers serve in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps and provide expertise and leadership for systems, vehicles, and procedures that help support mobilized troops and material at home and overseas. Transportation officers play a critical command role in controlling transportation of joint armed forces in combat and coordinate the efforts of transporting soldiers in operations.
Individuals seeking a job in the U.S. Army, such as in the Transportation Corps, should take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which helps assesses strengths and skills. Training for a transportation officer position requires taking the Transportation Basic Officer Leader Course, which consists of classroom and field work. Following completion of the course, transportation officers will have working knowledge of leadership skills and a full understanding of tactics, maintenance, and operations needed to successfully lead a unit.
For more information on becoming a transportation officer, or other careers in the U.S. Army, visit www.goarmy.com.
Karl Eric Kandt served as a Transportation Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1999 to 2004. As a First Lieutenant, Karl Kandt served with the 450th Transportation Battalion in Manhattan, Kansas, and with the 89th Regional Support Command in Wichita, Kansas.