Questiom about Logistic/Storeman Roles in the Army

Hi guys,

I'm 29, with most of my working experience has been at a hardware retailer, where it was both customer service and warehouse oriented. I don't mind the job, but lack of opportunities to gain qualifications, progression within the company being very slow and looking to work in an organisation with a greater purpose has drawn me to 3 roles within the Army. Those being;

Logistics Supply Specialist
Supply Chain Operative
Technical Support Specialist

My question is, are there any major differences between the 3?

The only differences i can see are that they're kind of the same role in different Corps. Supply Chain Operative seems to advertise more qualifications on the role page while TSS has the opportunity to do military instructor courses. (Not sure how likely I'd go down that route because of my age)

What are promotion prospects like within the 3 roles, and going by my experience mentioned above. Which role would I be best suited.


Thank you
 
@stacker1 can you help here?

I've never heard of Supply Chain Operative or Technical Support Specialist until I googled them



They appear to be type of SQMS or QMs trade within those capbadges.

A sup spec (RLC) does most of supply side of things across the whole of the British Army, I think every major unit now has 4 Sup specs embedded with them with the QMs, so postings can in theory be anywhere in the country.
Normally though you will go to a major RLC unit, most of which are quite boring as the second line stores have been removed from most if not all of them. There is a lot random taskings to keep people busy.
Second line is where stores are supposed to be held in bulk to pass on to several first line units as they require it.
You will normally get C plus E as standard in your phase two, and it was some kind of forks licence after your first year.
There are a few secondary jobs/quals like victualler, butcher or local purchase (quite a decent one to have).




Also sup specs have to beat the women off with a shitty stick.
 
Thanks for the reply and explanation @stacker1

as a Sup spec, how is progression in terms of promotion. I'm under no illusion that I can just waltz into the trade with some of the experience I have in civvy life and expect promotion. More of I just know I'll be behind those who are in the same age bracket as me, and because of my age there's probably a ceiling to how far I can go rank wise.

Just want to get in the trade, get stuck in and really try and gain as much experience and qualifications that I can
 
Thanks for the reply and explanation @stacker1

as a Sup spec, how is progression in terms of promotion. I'm under no illusion that I can just waltz into the trade with some of the experience I have in civvy life and expect promotion. More of I just know I'll be behind those who are in the same age bracket as me, and because of my age there's probably a ceiling to how far I can go rank wise.

Just want to get in the trade, get stuck in and really try and gain as much experience and qualifications that I can

My best friend was a LE major by her 22 year point, I was a SSgt by my 24 (having been a Lcpl at my 12 year point).
Promotion will more likely depend on your attitude, doing extra taskings and not having to have the QM and CO stop you from scrapping on the basketball court rather than supply ability.

There won't be a ceiling based on your age, you will have the opportunity to do 24 years like everyone else.
You might have problems being treated like a kid especially if you live in the block and your peers are less likely to be as mature as you.
 
Are you looking at those particular roles because you enjoy them or do you feel channelled into them because of your current skill set?

If the later then you should know that the Army doesn’t expect you to do the same role or trade that you did in civvy street. You can pretty much go for any role and the Army will provide the requisite training.

Have a look at other roles, even if it’s something you have no idea about. Then ask on here, people are always willing to help.

Good luck.
 
Are you looking at those particular roles because you enjoy them or do you feel channelled into them because of your current skill set?

If the later then you should know that the Army doesn’t expect you to do the same role or trade that you did in civvy street. You can pretty much go for any role and the Army will provide the requisite training.

Have a look at other roles, even if it’s something you have no idea about. Then ask on here, people are always willing to help.

Good luck.
Hi, dingerr

It's a bit of both really. I did enjoy the warehouse and learning about the logistical side of things in my job, and although I don't have any qualifications, only experience, I do feel I would be happier in a role I would be more familiar in.

I have however looked at the Tank Crewman role, would be amazing to drive and operate the tank, but I know a lot of time is spent maintaining the tank. I've been told by a friend in the army that because of my age its probably better not joining up into a combat role.


I did also look at EOD & Search in the RE ( I don't have the qualifications for Ammo tech)


And Driver Comm Spec also took my fancy.


However I'm still just researching and weighing up on what roles can offer, and what experience I can take into the Army.
 
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Hi, dingerr

It's a bit of both really. I did enjoy the warehouse and learning about the logistical side of things in my job, and although I don't have any qualifications, only experience, I do feel I would be happier in a role I would be more familiar in.

I have however looked at the Tank Crewman role, would be amazing to drive and operate the tank, but I know a lot of time is spent maintaining the tank. I've been told by a friend in the army that because of my age its probably better not joining up into a combat role.


I did also look at EOD & Search in the RE ( I don't have the qualifications for Ammo tech)


And Driver Comm Spec also took my fancy.


However I'm still just researching and weighing up on what roles can offer, and what experience I can take into the Army.

Your previous experience will have very little bearing on your Army life. It definitely won’t grease the wheels for promotion. It doesn’t work like that.

You will have an annual report written on you (see SJAR) which will assess you against your peers and ability.
 
I did also look at EOD & Search in the RE ( I don't have the qualifications for Ammo tech)

What are you missing for Ammo Tech? It was my former trade.
 
What are you missing for Ammo Tech? It was my former trade.
Unfortunately I do not have the GCSEs grades, I'm lacking 2 Cs needed for the role.

I did attend my Army brief and after much discussion with my recruiter I did settle on my 3 choices

Logistics Supply Specialist
Petroleum Operator
Postal and Courier Operator


Thanks for the advice on this thread, its most appreciated
 
Unfortunately I do not have the GCSEs grades, I'm lacking 2 Cs needed for the role.

I did attend my Army brief and after much discussion with my recruiter I did settle on my 3 choices

Logistics Supply Specialist
Petroleum Operator
Postal and Courier Operator


Thanks for the advice on this thread, its most appreciated
Petroleum Operator gets you C+E, Full ADR in Tanks & experience driving Fuel Tankers.
Hoyer offering £60k+ a year working out of Rainham at moment?
 

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Petroleum Operator gets you C+E, Full ADR in Tanks & experience driving Fuel Tankers.
Hoyer offering £60k+ a year working out of Rainham at moment?
Thats pretty good for bowser mongs.
 

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