Air Force Logistics Planners are Airmen who wear a variety of hats. They are responsible for developing, evaluating, monitoring, and supervising all things logistics. This includes adaptive planning; wartime reserve material planning; creating agreements; planning for expeditionary training; and reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSO&I), among many other functions.
Airmen in the logistics planning career field coordinate for more than the Air Force alone. The other branches of service need the lift capabilities of the Air Force to move the tremendous amounts of supplies needed to sustain forces around the globe.
Marines and Soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan need ammunition, food, medical supplies, and repair parts. Thousands of servicemen and servicewomen need transportation to and from assignments and areas of operation. Logistics Planning Airmen make sure that everyone has what they need and they get to where they need to be.
Duties and Responsibilities
Military logistics is a complicated field of work. There are people and equipment all around the world engaged in a wide variety of activities and missions. Airmen in the logistics planning field plan and manage the supply, maintenance, and movement of forces and assets around the globe.
This is a highly inclusive description, as there are hundreds of different tasks being performed by these skilled logisticians that ensure forces get to where they are going, with the equipment they need, and that they continue to receive the support they need for accomplishing their missions.
Many of these Airmen receive specialized training in the logistics planning techniques functional areas of supply, maintenance, or transportation. Some specialize in contracting, civil engineering, or services, while others deal with planning for force protection, operations, personnel, comptrolling, or medical and legal logistics planning.
First you'll need to complete the Air Force's Basic Military Training Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. This initial training is required for all non-prior service personnel and is 8.5 weeks long.
After graduation from basic training, you'll be sent to your tech school at Lackland Air Force Base (the same base as basic training), which is 27 days long. After you graduate from training you'll be sent to your first duty station.
You'll need to have graduated high school, or completed a GED with 15 college credits to be qualified to join the Air Force. You must be able to speak distinctly, communicate well with others, and communicate effectively in writing. You must also be between the ages of 17 and 39.
You'll need to be eligible for a Secret security clearance, and have an administrative ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery) score of 56.
Supply and logistics is an equivalent civilian industry for a Logistics Planning Airman. Consider the logistical planning that needs to be done for large businesses to ensure their products are at the right place at the right time to be sold. Manufacturers need to have materials stocked and ready to be turned into their final product.
Airlines need to have repair parts, meals, people, and fuel transported and coordinated. Businesses and governments both need the skills of experienced logisticians to plan and coordinate movements of people, equipment, and materials.