A traffic management specialist performs and manages traffic management activities. They use military and commercial transportation to move personnel, eligible dependents, materials, property, packages, and classifies and arranges personal property and cargo for shipment or storage.
Duties and Responsibilities
A traffic management specialist plans and organizes traffic management activities, receives and packages items for shipment or storage, prepares budget estimates for materials and equipment, and inspects items for identity, quantity, and condition.
Specialists also certify hazardous cargo to be moved by surface and air, advise on procurement and distribution, and ensure convoy, hazardous, or oversized permits are required before movement.
In addition, a traffic management specialist uses carrier tariffs and rates to determine the mode and cost of commercial transportation to move personal property, arranges shipment and storage of personal property, determines and schedules proper carrier equipment for loading and unloading, maintains and issues transportation documents, prepares re-weighs and loss and damage reports, and operates and maintains material-handling equipment, such as forklifts and hand trucks.
It is mandatory to have knowledge of federal and military transportation regulations, instructions, and directives; passenger and personal property entitlements; quality assurance evaluation procedures, United States and foreign customs regulations, and warehousing procedures.
It is also required to know military passenger, freight, and personal property rate computations; packaging methods, specifications, and orders; hazardous cargo requirements; blocking, bracing, and tiedown principles; and carrier capabilities and procedures for movement of passengers, cargo, and personal property in military and commercial air, rail, truck, and water systems.
Education and Training
For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with a basic computer course and a course in typing is desirable. Beyond that, one must complete a basic traffic management course to achieve the Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 2T031 or an advanced course in order to achieve the AFSC 2T071.
The following experience is mandatory for the AFSC indicated:
2T051. Possession of AFSC 2T031 as well as experience in selecting passenger routes, advising on passenger travel, and obtaining travel reservations; maintaining records and reports; or selecting mode and carrier for the movement of cargo.
2T071. Possession of AFSC 2T051 as well as experience supervising functions such as preserving, packaging, packing, and quality control of personal or government property, or arranging transportation for DoD personnel.
2T091. Possession of AFSC 2T071 as well as experience managing moving personal property, cargo, and passengers, including classification and freight routing and carrier selection.
For AFSCs 2T011/31/51, one must also be qualified to operate government vehicles according to AFI 24-301.