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Introducing the Logistics Branch

A new era for the Army’s logistics officers is beginning with the scheduled establishment of the Logistics branch on 1 July. The notion of a basic branch for logistics, bringing together officers from the Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation branches, has long been discussed among Army logisticians and leaders. Now, as a reflection of the increasingly multifunctional nature of support on the modern battlefield, the Logistics branch is becoming a reality.

Establishment of the Logistics branch is part of the creation of the Logistics Corps and the Logistics Officer Corps. The Chief of Staff of the Army approved the creation of all three entities on 2 May 2006.

The Logistics Corps includes all commissioned officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers in the three long-established functional logistics branches—Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation—as well as the new Logistics branch. Enlisted personnel will remain in one of these branches while also being members of the Logistics Corps. The Logistics Officer Corps includes all commissioned and warrant officers within the Logistics Corps. Warrant officers will remain in one of the three historical branches while also being part of the Logistics Officer Corps. The Logistics branch includes only commissioned officers in the grades of captain through colonel who have graduated from the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course (CLC3) or from earlier versions of an advanced logistics officers course.

Logistics commissioned officers will begin their careers in one of the historical branches; thus, second lieutenants will still be accessed into either the Quartermaster, Ordnance, or Transportation branch. Commissioned officers will be inducted into the Logistics branch as captains when they complete CLC3 or a Reserve Components Captains Career Course. By adopting this approach, commissioned officers will begin to focus on developing as multifunctional logisticians, capable of planning, integrating, and executing sustainment operations, at their fourth or fifth year of service. However, they also will maintain their proficiency in one secondary area of concentration/functional area of expertise.

Reserve component officers will transition to the Logistics branch at the same time as Active duty officers. Any Reserve component officers who have not attended a functional area 90A course should do so by December 2009. These courses include—

  • CLC3.
  • Reserve Component Multifunctional Combat Service Support Course.
  • Associate Logistics Executive Development Course, Phase I.
  • Support Operations Course.

Multifunctional training is scheduled to be added to the Reserve Components Captains Career Courses in October 2008.

The Logistics Officer Corps and the Logistics branch are designed to meet several emerging needs. The Army logistics community needs—

  • Officers to be designated and trained as multifunctional logisticians earlier in their careers.
  • Logisticians with functional expertise and ways to encourage and retain that expertise.
  • Officers to be motivated to remain competent in multifunctional logistics and to gain experience in multifunctional positions.

The Logistics Officer Corps and the Logistics branch are designed to develop and maintain the right balance between the Army’s need for functional logistics expertise and the Army’s increasing need for multiskilled logistics leaders.

The establishment of the Logistics branch and the Logistics Officer Corps continue the Army’s progress toward achieving a cadre of multiskilled leaders, or “pentathletes.” The evolution toward the Logistics basic branch started with the development of the Combined Logistics Officers Advanced Course, progressed through that course’s transition into CLC3, and advanced with the creation of functional area 90A for multifunctional logisticians. Now, after years of discussion and debate, the Army’s need for multifunctional logisticians is recognized with the birth of a new basic branch—Logistics.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Logistics Officer Corps and Logistics Branch

Will the Ordnance, Quartermaster, and Transportation branches go away?
No, the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation branches will not “go away,” nor will they be absorbed into the Logistics branch. All four branches (Logistics, Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation) will make up the Logistics Corps. Enlisted Soldiers will remain branch oriented.
Warrant officers will continue to have functional military occupational specialties (MOSs).
Lieutenants will be accessed into either the Quartermaster, Ordnance, or Transportation branches.
Each officer’s officer record brief will reflect the branch that he held as a lieutenant throughout his career. This will document his functional experience and will indicate the one primary functional area (FA) of expertise each officer (in the grades of captain through colonel) will be required to hold and maintain proficiency in.

How will this work for Medical Service Corps officers?
Medical Service Corps officers are an integral part of all brigade combat team support battalions. They can still choose to attend the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course. When they complete this course, they will gain the 90A identifier as a secondary or tertiary area of concentration on their officer record brief. This will allow them to hold 90A positions in sustainment units and to compete for command of those units.

How will this work for aviation maintenance officers?
Aviation maintenance officers, formerly area of concentration 15D (aviation logistics), no longer attend the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course. Aviation officers will not gain the 90A identifier as a secondary area of concentration and will not participate in the Logistics Officer Corps.

What will happen if an officer does not attend the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course during his fourth or fifth year of service?
The officer will continue to be tracked as a Quartermaster, Ordnance, or Transportation officer until he attends the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course. This will not prevent him from being assigned to a 90A position if the need arises.
The officer will have to attend the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course before coming into the window for promotion to major.

What should a commander tell his officers when they ask what jobs they should have in order to succeed as a Logistics branch officer?
Senior leaders and mentors should stay current by reading the latest Department of the Army Pamphlet 600–3, Commissioned Officer Development and Career Management. The developmental charts in the pamphlet show the type of experiences that build on one another in order to help the officer achieve his personal goals and be experienced in multifunctional logistics.

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