Petroleum Supply Specialists oversee the Army's use of petroleum. But they're much more than gas station attendants; these soldiers are trained to operate a range of equipment used in the distribution of petroleum. They fuel Army vehicles and aircraft and make sure petroleum is handled safely and according to protocol.
This job is categorized as military occupational specialty (MOS) 92F. These soldiers work in all types of weather and a variety of conditions, which may include combat situations. An interest in and affinity for shop mechanics and business math will serve you well if you plan to enlist in this job. You should enjoy physical work because there's a good deal of heavy lifting, and a large portion of the work you'll be doing is best described as hands-on.
Duties of Army Petroleum Supply Specialists
These soldiers issue and dispense bulk fuels stored in distribution facilities to Army units that need them. They stock bulk and packaged petroleum products and handle accounting duties for any inventory received. MOS 92F also is responsible for selecting and submitting petroleum samples for laboratory testing, to ensure quality control criteria are being met. They're the ones who make sure units have the fuel they need.
Training Information for MOS 92F
Petroleum supply specialists take the standard ten weeks of Basic Combat Training (otherwise known as boot camp) and 11 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Lee in Virginia. As with all Army jobs, the training period is divided between on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
During your AIT, you'll learn to operate airplane refueling systems, how to plan and schedule petroleum transport, and the required safety regulations and procedures for handling petroleum and other hazardous materials. One of the first things soldiers in this MOS learn is how to handle petroleum fuel and other products in the event of a fire.
You'll learn how to operate equipment like pumps, tankers, and pipelines, and become very familiar with how fuel is made, pumped and tested. You'll also learn the proper procedures for getting fuels to the Army vehicles that need it, especially in combat situations.
Qualifying for MOS 92F
As with any Army job, first, you'll take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests. You'll need a score of 86 in the clerical (CL) aptitude area and an 85 in the operators and food (OF) segment.
Unlike some military jobs, you don't need a Department of Defense security clearance for MOS 92F, but you need normal color vision and have to have a valid state driver's license.
Similar Civilian Occupations to MOS 92F
Although parts of this job won't translate outside of the military, a lot of the skills you'll learn will help prepare you for jobs with oil refineries, pipeline companies, and tanker truck and ship lines.