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Logistics Specialist (LS)

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Logistics Specialist "A" School

The Logistics Specialist rating was established as a result of the merger of the Storekeeper (SK), and Postal Clerk (PC) ratings in October 2009. Aviation Storekeeper (AK) had previously merged with Storekeeper (SK) in January 2003.

Logistics Specialists manage inventories of repair parts and general supplies that support ships, squadrons, and shore-based activities. They procure, receive, store and issue material and repair components. They utilize financial accounting and database systems to perform inventory and financial management functions.

Logistics Specialists operate Navy post offices. Their work is similar to that of civilians who work for the U.S. Postal Service. PCs supervise, organize, and establish or disestablish a Navy post office. They sort and distribute all official and personal mail, stamp inventories, and maintain financial and inventory reports.

Logistics Specialist class "A" school consist of Block Zero (Surface, 32 instructional days) and Block One (Postal, 9 instructional days) and the school is located in Meridian, Mississippi. Both the LS (Surface) and LSS (Submarine) ratings require a 60 month (5 year) service obligation.

The duties performed by Logistics Specialists include ordering, stocking, and issuing repair parts, clothing and general supplies. They maintain financial records and accounting systems, and maintain inventory databases for material stocked in shore based warehouses and ship storerooms.

Logistics Specialists perform duties associated with hazardous material control and management, and organize and maintain databases, correspondence files, and reports. Maintain logistics and financial publications and CD-ROM libraries.

Logistics Specialists also manage and operating Navy post offices, ashore or afloat. They sort and distribute all classes of mail and parcel post, and process and dispatch mail. They perform counter operations similar to those performed in United States Postal Service offices, such as selling stamps, preparing claims, tracers and inquiries, and prepare and maintain postal records and reports.

Qualifications, Interests, and Working Environment. Logistics Specialists must be personable and enjoy working with people in a customer service environment. Good arithmetic and verbal skills are very important. Those in the LS rating that handle classified mail or volunteer for submarine duty must be U.S. Citizens and pass a security clearance investigation; otherwise, US citizenship is not required. Applicants must possess a clear record with no civilian convictions, with the exception of minor traffic offenses.

Logistics Specialists work in offices, post offices, shore-based warehouses, air cargo terminals at naval air stations and in storerooms aboard ships. While they work closely with other people, their tasks usually require independent decisions. The diverse working locations associated with this rating provide an excellent opportunity for learning a wide range of inventory database management, financial management, procurement, and warehouse management skills. Logistics Specialists work aboard all types of ships and shore bases throughout the Navy.

Ship's Serviceman (SH)

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Ship's Serviceman "A" School

The Ship's Serviceman rating was established in 1943. Ship's Servicemen are responsible for managing and operating all shipboard retail and service activities. These include the ship's store, vending machines, barber shops, laundry and tailor shops. They play a large role in the morale of the ship.

Over 2,400 men and women work in the Ship's Serviceman rating. Placement and advancement opportunities are good for qualified applicants.

Ship's Serviceman class "A" school is five weeks in duration, and the school is located in Meridian, Mississippi. The course provides training on: customer service; standards of conduct; sanitation; security; introduction to procurement; receipt and custody of ship store stock; stowage of merchandise; breakout of merchandise to various retail outlets; introduction to expenditures; ship's store and vending machine operations; cash fund handling; inventory of merchandise; and laundry processing and administration.

Ship's Servicemen operate all shipboard retail activities. They operate and maintain vending and cash collection machines, and operate ship stores afloat. SHs receive, check, store, and inventory merchandise and materials, and they track items entering or leaving the storeroom and report damaged or spoiled goods. They use hand-held scanners to track inventories, and process orders, receipts, inventory adjustments, etc.

Ship's Servicemen use financial and inventory software applications, and they receive, monitor, and count funds received from ATM, vending machines, and store operations. They develop marketing strategies for ship stores, and they oversee sales and service operations.

Ship's Servicemen receive, process, and return shipboard laundry. They operate and tend washing and dry cleaning machines to clean or dry clean shipboard linen and uniform articles. Ship's Servicemen manage and operate the ship's barber shops, cut and style hair. They keep work areas clean and hair cutting implements sanitized.

Qualifications, Interests, and Working Environment: Ship's Servicemen must be personable and enjoy working with people in a customer service environment. Good arithmetic and verbal skills, the ability to handle money and to perform detailed work are also requirements for this rating. Normal color perception is not required. Members of this rating are not required to be citizens of the United States.

Ship's Servicemen work in diverse environments including offices, ship's stores, barber shops, and laundry plants. The work is physical, but the wide range of jobs allows people to learn valuable retailing, marketing and shop management skills.