In my final year of R.O.T.C. I chose the “Quartermaster Corps” as my first choice. Looking back, I only picked that branch because one of my instructors was a Quartermaster Officer and I really admired and respected him. As it turns out, I made a very wise choice to select the Quartermaster Branch. I learned a lot of valuable skills that benefited me inside and outside the Army. And I truly enjoyed my time in the Army doing logistics.
What I’d like to do now is share three reasons to become an Army Quartermaster Officer. Please keep in mind this is simply my personal opinion, based upon my own experience.
1. Learn In Demand, Valuable and Highly Marketable Skills
Of all the branches in the Army, I truly believe that the Quartermaster is at the top, or close to it, for developing skills that transition well into the civilian world. There are literally millions of opportunities in the logistics field in the private sector and with government jobs. Many of these jobs are high paying and offer long-term security. Spending a few years as a Quartermaster Officer will give you sound logistical experience that you can continue to use in the Army or on the outside world.
2. Have a Vitally Important Job
I’ll be the first to admit that logistics experts don’t get the credit or the glory, but they have a very important job in peacetime and in the battlefield. While the combat arms folks might actually be the ones “fighting” the battle, they couldn’t do so without food, fuel and ammunition. You might not hear “thank you” much from the war-fighters, but you can sleep well at night knowing that your job is just as important as theirs.
3. Get a Wide Variety of Experiences
Another thing I really enjoyed about being a Quartermaster officer was that I got to do a wide variety of jobs. A few of the jobs I had was Platoon Leader, Accountable Officer for a Supply Support Activity, Fuels Officer, Battalion S4, etc. All of these jobs covered a wide variety of tasks such as supply, transportation, movement and maintenance. These experiences made me a well rounded officer with a lot to offer the Army and civilian marketplace.
In summary, these are my top three reasons to become an Army Quartermaster Officer. Choosing the Quartermaster Branch is a smart choice that has many short-term and long-term benefits. If you have ever personally served as a Quartermaster Officer I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment to this post to share your thoughts. If you have any questions, you can post those here too.