Cargo Specialist

Transportation Corps
MOS Details
Major Duties: 

Transfers or supervises the transfer of passengers and cargo to and from air, land, and water transport by manual and mechanical methods.

Skill Level 1 Checks, tallies, and documents cargo utilizing both manual and automated data processing systems. Rigs ships’ gear as part of a team. Loads and unloads supplies and equipment from ships, docks, beaches, railheads, boxcars, warehouses, motor vehicles, and aircraft (to include internal and external helicopter loading). Operates and maintains all types and sizes of winches, cranes, and forklifts.

Skill Level 2 Assigns cargo handlers, signal, and winch operators to duty stations. Provides technical guidance to subordinates. Inspects cargo, supervises cargo checking and hatch operations, controls aircraft loading and unloading (to include helicopter external sling loading operations), oversees railhead tie-down crews, directs container filling and emptying, plans warehouse storage, and manages crane operations. Supervises operator maintenance for cargo handling equipment such as cranes and forklifts. Enforces safety practices and documentation procedures.

Skill Level 3 Plans work schedules for terminal operations, airfield arrival/departure control groups (to include passengers), and container/trailer transfer points. Utilizes stowage plans, aircraft load plans, and other cargo handling forms. Issues material handling equipment, nets, slings, ropes, cables, wire rope, and other cargo operations gear. Enforces safety practices. Prepares, consolidates, and reviews administrative, personnel, and technical reports covering unit activities.

Skill Level 4 Supervises and manages work force. Co-ordinates administrative matters, communications activities, and training programs. Prepares tactical plans and training materials. Provides staff supervision, policy, and guidance for personnel and cargo movement by air, rail, motor, and water transport.

Physical Demands Rating: 
very heavy
Physical Profile Serial #: 
Qualifications and Prerequisites
ASVAB Minimum Score: 
90 total from GS+AS+MK+EI
Other Qualifications: 
  • Color discrimination of red-green.
  • MOS qualification may be attained by meeting the civilian acquired skills criteria listed in AR 601-210.
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