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Life after Military: Logisticians  

For so many people in New York discharged from the military, the civilian workforce looms as a major challenge or a daunting endeavor. What is the best way for an ex-military to transition into a civilian job? The best way is to use the skills you have acquired in the military to build your career in the civilian workforce.


Civilian logistics is a field that encompasses several types of jobs and careers, but more importantly for the veteran, uses the skills acquired in military service.  Logisticians are the behind the scenes personnel when there is an emergency. They are the ones who coordinate emergency response teams, medical and search and rescue missions as well as organize shelter and food for those in need.

Logisticians also work in positions in businesses that allow those businesses to be more proficient in delivery of goods and management of materials, operations and warehousing. In this current economy, every business worldwide has to increase their efficiency and reduce their lag times and turnaround times. The logistician is charged with finding process improvements that will bring about these results.

What is it about the veteran that makes him or her successful at this type of work?  What are the skills learned and used in military service that fit well into the field of logistics?

Military Skills a Logisticians Need

  • Organization:  The military stresses organizational skills and a way of looking at things that emphasizes organizing things in the most efficient way. The Logistician uses the same vision and the same skills.
  • Cooperation: Both military tactics and civilian logistics require a laser like attention to detail and planning. This must be done in cooperation with other departments, organizations or agencies. One must understand how each component or organization fits with the others.
  • Discipline: the heart of military success and survival is also very important in civilian logistics. Logistician must maintain strict discipline as the things they are managing fit into tight frameworks and processes.
  • Critical Thinking: This is an essential tool for planning, executing and succeeding in military campaigns.  Survival depends upon this. The same is true with logistics. The name of the game is continuous process improvement which requires looking critically at every part of the process on a continuous basis to see what can be improved.


For many businesses for many years, an associate degree and military experience was enough to get you a job in logistics. These days however, many corporations are asking for a bachelor’s degree. At the same time there is a certification in logistics available that will replace the bachelor’s degree for many companies. Information is available through the American Society of Transportation and Logistics or the International Society of Logistics.

Fields of Endeavor

There are three distinct fields that you can work in with your military background in logistics. These include:

  • Materials Management and Transport
  • Government Positions
  • Emergency Services


If you are in New York and have strong military training and experience, then logistics just might be the field for you. The average annual salary is almost $73,000 but the folks at the top of the field earn in excess of $112,000 per year. It is also expected that the field will add almost 28,000 jobs in New York at a rate of 22% or better.