As a Logistics Officer, you could find yourself responsible for the acquisition, sustainment and support of modern and valuable equipment vital to Air Force capability.
Officer, Graduate, Australian Defence Force Academy, Officer (Reserve), Undergraduate
Logistics is a key component of Air Force capability. It is integral to the mounting and sustainment of operations, and enables what is operationally possible. Logistics Officers (LOG) plan, establish, coordinate, maintain and manage logistics support and supply chain activities that contribute to capability and operations support in aerospace and joint military operations.
Logistics Officers perform their duties on units and bases throughout Australia, in Headquarter posts and in overseas localities. Your duties as a Logistics Officer are diverse. You could find yourself responsible for the acquisition, sustainment and support of modern and valuable equipment vital to Air Force capability. Depending on your role you may also be responsible for the supervision and management of airmen and airwomen from the Supply, Movements and Cook musterings or civilian and/or contractor staff. Additionally, Logistics Officers frequently liaise with members of the other Services, foreign services, contractors, and civilians within the broader ADF.
The roles and functions undertaken by Air Force Logistics Officers span from the tactical to the strategic level across the single Service, joint and combined arenas. Logistics Officers also utilise specialist skills (provided through training in the Air Force) and are employed in a range of roles including: Capability Support – Acquisition and Sustainment Logistics, Project Management, Operations Support – Operational Logistics, Supply Chain and Inventory Management, Warehousing and Distribution, Procurement and Contracting, Movements and Transportation, Catering Management and Logistics Policy, Planning and Governance.
Further details on the roles and functions undertaken by Air Force Logistics Officers are available here.
Typically, junior Logistics Officers will progress through a range of roles and develop a broad foundation of logistics skills. Your responsibilities will be well defined, and you can expect them to increase as you gain experience and progress in rank.
You will be expected to participate in the effective management of your Unit, both in your professional role as a Logistics officer, and as a junior executive responsible to your Commanding Officer. As well, you will also be expected to develop networks on and off base in order to broaden your professional network and maintain an awareness of what is happening within Air Force and Air Force Logistics more broadly.
You may be employed in various working conditions, ranging from field operations in remote locations within Australia or overseas, to a standard office environment. However, during the conduct of some tasks or field deployments, you may be exposed to extremes of climate and some hazardous environments. The criticality of some logistics and operational support tasks may also necessitate you working for long periods of time at short notice.
Outside of your normal duties, opportunities are available for sporting and social activities and your membership of the Officers Mess on your base will introduce you to other officers whose interests and activities will complement yours.
In summary, the Logistics Officer specialisation is extraordinarily broad and therefore offers a range of exciting and challenging professional experiences.