The title doesn't sound all that exciting, but Marine aviation supply specialists are tasked with making sure aircraft are safe, by overseeing all the parts that are used to make repairs and updates. In a nutshell, these Marines provide valuable logistics support to aviation activities.
Like all branches of the U.S. military, the Marines rely heavily on aircraft. So it's important that all Marine aircraft, big and small, are as safe and as up-to-date as possible.
It is an entry-level, primary military occupational specialty (MOS), categorized as PMOS 6672. It's open to Marines ranking from private to master gunnery sergeant.
Aviation supply specialists are like civilian inventory clerks or controllers. They provide aviation supply support that includes management of finances, inventory, material and facilities, and storage. They also oversee personnel staffing in Marine aviation supply warehouses and handle parts requisitioning procedures. And they're responsible for processing and delivering parts.
These Marines are expected to have an understanding of acquisition procedures, provisioning and requirements determination, material handling procedures, and financial accounting and purchasing procedures in accordance with Federal acquisition regulations.
To be eligible for this job, you'll need a score of 100 or higher on the general technical (GT) segment of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests. You should have a basic understanding of PC operations and applications, and either hold a state driver's license or meet the requirements to obtain one.
Like all Marines, you'll attend Marine Corps Basic Training (the infamous boot camp) at Parris Island in South Carolina, or the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. If you're assigned to PMOS 6672, you'll then spend 50 days in technical training at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi.
Before the end of your technical training, you'll complete the Marine Aviation Supply Course.
Once your training is finished, you could be shipped anywhere in the world where the Marine Corps has aircraft (which is pretty much anywhere there are Marines). Although this job may not have the most exciting list of duties, there's a high probability you could do some extensive travel, depending on the Marine Corps' needs.
Similar Civilian Occupations
There's a wide variety of civilian clerical jobs similar to this MOS. You'll be qualified to work as a stock clerk, stock control supervisor, budget clerk, or inventory controller.