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Transportation Officer (88A)

Transportation and Aviation Army MOS Information
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve

The Transportation Corps is responsible for moving supplies, troops and equipment anywhere on the globe. During war, the Transportation Corps utilizes trucks, boats and airplanes to provide extremely fast support to the combat teams on the frontlines. Transportation Officers are experts in the systems, vehicles and procedures in moving troops and supplies in the Army.

The responsibilities of a Transportation Lieutenant may include:

  • Commanding and controlling Transportation operations and combined armed forces during land combat.
  • Coordinating employment of Transportation Soldiers at all levels of command, from platoon to battalion and higher, in U.S. and multi-national operations.


Transportation Officer training includes completion of the Transportation Officer Basic Course (TOBC), where you will learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in a Transportation platoon. Your training will take place in classrooms and in the field.

Helpful Skills:

Being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities. A leader exhibits self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence. They are physically fit and can perform under physical and mental pressures. Leaders make decisions quickly, always focusing on completing the mission successfully, and show respect for their subordinates and other military officers. Leaders lead from the front and adjust to environments that are always changing. They are judged by their ability to make decisions on their own and bear ultimate moral responsibility for those decisions.

Advanced Responsibilities:

Transportation Officers may continue in the Operations career field, serving in the Transportation Corps at ever increasing levels of leadership and responsibility.

Responsibilities of a Transportation Captain may include:

  • Commanding and controlling company-sized transportation operations units (200-300 Soldiers).
  • Coordinating employment of Transportation Soldiers at all levels of command, from company to division level and beyond, in U.S. and multi-national operations.
  • Developing doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique Transportation missions.
  • Providing instruction on transportation vehicles and systems at service schools and combat training centers.
  • Serving as Transportation advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations.

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