I’d wager that almost every vet (well, at least those who served in the Army), have a better understanding of logistics than the average civilian. Even though my role in the Army was intelligence, I still had to do logistics, from planning field exercises for my soldiers as a platoon leader, to equipping a company when I was an executive officer. We planned and executed the movement of people and equipment on a daily basis — all aspects of logistics.

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U.S. Air Force photo by by Zachary Hada.

The old saying that “amateurs talk tactics; professionals talk logistics” is as true in business as it is in the military. Whether a company needs to get products onto store shelves or spare parts to vital customers, it all comes down to logistics. No matter what your MOS was, you spent a lot of your military career on logistics. Put that experience to good use with these great companies today.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich

Companies in all sectors rely on logisticians to oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median hourly wage for logistics specialists and supply-chain managers is a whopping $35.51 per hour. Employment in this field is expected to grow between now and 2024 as many practitioners retire and companies continue to need logisticians to move products and people more efficiently, while seeking out continuous process improvement.

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Courtesy of the U.S. Army

Did you deal with supply, warehousing, or logistics in the military? Do you like coordinating complex teams and systems? Do you have strong attention to detail?

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