|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
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—
- 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.
branch insignia depicts a diagonally crossed cannon
and key surmounted by a ship’s steering wheel.
Bearing on the hub is a stylized star. Inscribed
on the ship’s wheel is the Latin phrase, “Sustinendum
Victoriam,” which means “Sustaining Victory.” Soldier
red is the Logistics branch color. The key represents
the Quartermaster branch’s supply and service
the ship’s wheel denotes the Transportation
branch’s responsibilities for the movement
of troops, supplies, and equipment; the cannon represents
Ordnance branch’s responsibilities for maintenance
and munitions; and the stylized star represents the
unity and integration of logistics functions.
depicts the relationships among the Logistics Corps,
the Logistics Officer
Corps, and the Logistics branch. The outer ring shows
the Logistics Corps, which incorporates all enlisted
Soldiers, warrant officers, and commissioned officers
in logistics and four branches —Quartermaster
(QM), Ordnance (OD), Transportation (TC), and Logistics
(LG). All enlisted Soldiers are in the outer ring,
where they remain in the three historical branches.
The middle ring
(dotted line) shows the Logistics Officer Corps, which
includes all warrant and commissioned officers. Warrant
officers and lieutenants are part of the Logistics
Officer Corps but also remain in one of the historical
branches. The inner ring represents the Logistics branch,
which consists of officers in the grades of captain
(after graduating from the Combined Logistics Captains
Career Course) through colonel; these officers also
hold one functional specialty.
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.
|I am an American
Soldier and a logistician.
I am the heir of Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation
Soldiers who have served our Nation in war and peace
I provide the Nation’s warfighters of all services
what they need, when they need it, where they need
I anticipate the warfighter’s need for sustainment
in all situations, at all times, under all conditions.
I integrate logistics into the commander’s plans
I ensure continuity of support to sustain the momentum
of the force.
I respond rapidly to the ever-changing needs of the
I improvise to sustain the force with innovation and
I live by the Army values and the Soldier’s
I lead by example.
I am true to the motto of the Logistics Corps, “Sustinendum
Victoriam”— “Sustaining Victory!”