Marine Corps Logistics/Embarkation Specialist – MOS 0431

Marine Corps Job Descriptions: Logistics/Embarkation Specialist (MOS 0431)

A helicopter lifts a large artillery piece from the battlefield with logistics embarkation specialists looking on.
••• U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano

Logistics/embarkation specialists—Military Occupational Specialty 0431—are charged with preparing supplies and equipment for embarkation. These marines perform various force deployment planning and execution functions to support the movement of people and goods across all modes of military transportation.

Required Training for Logistics/Embarkation Specialists

Logistics/embarkation specialists are trained in the application of Automated Information Systems, known as AIS. These systems are utilized throughout the Defense Transportation System or DTS to account for, track, and interface movement data with load-planning programs.

These specialists are also trained to prepare aircraft and shipload plans that meet organizational requirements. They assist with the preparation, planning, and execution of strategic mobility plans in accordance with the Time-Phased Force Deployment Data or TPFDD that's used to deploy and sustain forward-deployed forces.

Job Duties of Logistics/Embarkation Specialists

The duties and responsibilities of logistics/embarkation specialists include:

  • Performing multiple logistics administrative duties within the J/G/S-4 section
  • Compiling and maintaining logistics support data, computing combat logistics support requirements and coordinating combat logistics functions in support of MAGTF operations and deployments
  • They will also serve as combat cargo assistants aboard naval amphibious assault ships at the senior or staff non-commissioned officer level or SNCO. MOS 0491, the Logistics/Mobility Chief, is assigned as the primary MOS upon promotion to Gunnery Sergeant.

You can refer to MCO 1510 61, Individual Training Standards or the Training and Readiness Manual, for a complete listing of duties and tasks for this position. 

Job Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be eligible for a secret security clearance
  • Must possess a GT score of 100 or higher
  • Must complete the Basic Logistics/Embarkation Specialist Course, Logistics Operations School, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools at Camp Johnson/Camp Lejeune in North Carolina upon entry or lateral move at the rank of Sergeant or below
  • Sergeants making a lateral move must also complete the Logistics/Embarkation NCO Course, Logistics Operations School, Marine Corps Combat Service Support School, at Camp Johnson/Camp Lejeune

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Logistics/embarkation specialists can participate in the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program known as USMAP. This official military training program offers active duty Navy and Navy Reserve Full Time Support or FTS service members the ability to enhance their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty. The U.S. Department of Labor provides the nationally recognized "Certificate of Completion" once the program is finished.

USMAP gives Marines and other service members an opportunity to upgrade their job skills. It also shows their motivation for taking on more challenging military assignments. Having a DOL Certificate of Completion is beneficial for getting better civilian jobs because employers recognize the value of apprenticeships and the initiative required to accomplish them. 

The following USMAP apprenticeship trades are related to MOS 0431 Logistics/Embarkation Specialist:

  • Computer Operator

Related Department of Labor Occupation Codes​

  • Shipping and Receiving Clerk 222.387-050
  • Cargo Checker 222.367-010
  • Stevedore (1) 911.663-014
  • Stevedore (2) 922.687-090
  • Administrative Clerk 219.362-010
  • Clerk, General 209.562-010
  • Office Clerk 209.567-022
  • Manager, Traffic 184.167-094

Related Marine Corps Jobs:

  • Traffic Management Specialist, 3112
  • Administrative, Clerk 0151

The above information is derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3.