Logistics Support (LS)

Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

July 24, 2013 - The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92) transits the Coral Sea during exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
Stocktrek Images / Getty Images

The Logistic Support (LS) rating is a new rating established, effective October 1, 2009, by merging the Storekeeper (SK) and the Postal Clerk (PC) ratings. For details, see Navy Administrative Message 326/08.

Logistic Support Sailors manage inventories of repair parts/general supplies and distribute mail for ships, squadrons, and shore-based activities. They procure, receive, store and issue material and repair components.

They utilize financial accounting and database systems to perform inventory and financial management functions. Additionally, they sort and distribute all official and personal mail, manage money order and stamp inventories, and maintain financial and inventory reports.

Typical duties include:

  • ordering, stocking, and issuing repair parts, clothing, and general supplies;
  • maintaining financial records and accounting systems; maintaining inventory databases for material stocked in shore based warehouses and ship storerooms;.
  • perform duties associated with hazardous material control and management;
  • Organizing and maintaining databases, correspondence files, and reports;
  • Maintaining logistics and financial publications and CD-ROM libraries;
  • managing and operating Navy post offices, ashore or afloat; s
  • sorting and distributing all classes of mail and parcel post;
  • processing and dispatching mail;
  • directing the routing and transportation of mail;
  • performing counter operations similar to those performed in United States Postal Service offices, such as selling stamps, handling money orders, preparing claims, tracers, and inquiries; preparing and maintaining postal records and reports;
  • requisitioning, controlling, and maintaining postal supplies and equipment; maintaining security for registered, certified and other special classes of mail.

    Working Environment

    LS Sailors work in offices, shore-based warehouses, air cargo terminals at naval air stations and in storerooms aboard ships. While they work closely with other people, their tasks usually require independent decisions. The diverse working locations associated with this rating provide an excellent opportunity for learning a wide range of inventory database management, financial management, procurement, and warehouse management skills. SKs work aboard all types of ships and shore bases throughout the Navy.

    A-School (Job School) Information

    • Meridian, MS -- 40 calendar days

    ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + AR = 108

    Security Clearance Requirement: None

    Other Requirements

    • None

    Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating:

    Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

    Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

    Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

    • First Sea Tour: 48 months
    • First Shore Tour: 36 months
    • Second Sea Tour: 48 months
    • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
    • Third Sea Tour: 42 months
    • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
    • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
    • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

    Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

    Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command