When I was putting together my packet for OCS, I got asked what branch I wanted. I took my OSM by surprise when I asked if I could choose what battalion I wanted to belong to instead. My mentor had just taken over as the squadron commander for 1-82 CAV and I wanted to work for him while he was in command. Fortunately, there was a vacancy in the FSC for a Quartermaster officer. I was in luck! I knew that no matter what job I did, having strong leadership to learn from would make me a better officer. Here are my five favorite things about being a Quartermaster officer.
#1 I will have an easier time assimilating into being a logistics officer
Quartermaster officers have a lot more overview of sustainment and logistics. I feel like the Transportation Corps and Ordnance Corps have a lot of great things about them, but they are a lot more specialized than Quartermasters. This wouldn’t be a bad thing if we all didn’t have to go to the same captain’s career course.
#2 I learned to appreciate the value of sustainment to the operational force
Nobody wants to think about logistics, it’s boring and not very exciting to talk about. However, it’s one of those missions that is absolutely essential to succeed at accomplishing the mission. I love making sure that the ‘meat eater’ units are getting what they need to succeed, whether it’s ammo, transportation, food, or turning a wrench.
#3 My Soldiers are always doing their job
I am a distribution platoon leader, this means I am in charge of coordinating distribution of CL I, III, V and even IX (basically food, fuel, ammo and parts) items to the rest of the squadron. My Soldiers are always driving or fueling, they are never stuck on other random details. I value that they are able to always train and get more proficient at their jobs every time we come to drill or go to AT.
#4 I started my enlisted career as a Quartermaster, too
I can’t help but feel a big connection to the Quartermaster Corps, since my entire career started at Fort Lee, where I went through AIT for 92F. Even though I ended up with an Aviation MOS, being a Quartermaster is something that is a big part of my history and always will be.
#5 Having a logistics background makes you a better leader no matter where you go later in your career
Logistics will always be relevant and essential. I think that every leader, no matter what their branch, should understand this and should at least understand what is involved in sustaining the force. While not everyone should branch in one of the logistics branches, they should learn about it so they will be better off when they get promoted to positions of more authority.
Final Thoughts: I am proud to be a lifelong Quartermaster and will value my training no matter where I go or what I do.