Recently there have been a few changes that will affect Soldiers who are currently trained as a Transportation Management Coordinator. All Army Activities Message 120-2011, requires all Soldiers accessed into the military occupational specialty 88N to have a security eligibility of Secret effective June 1, 2013. The requirement for security eligibility of Secret is effective Jan. 1, 2013 for Soldiers holding MOS 88N who entered the MOS prior to June 1 this year. This message also requires all new accessions into MOS 88N be a U.S. citizen, effective June 1. The requirement for U.S. citizenship is effective Jan. 1, 2013 for all Soldiers holding MOS 88N, and who entered service prior to June 1.
As an 88N, a Soldier advises military and Department of Defense civilians of their entitlements for shipment of personal property, passenger travel, and prepares the necessary documentation. There are times that Soldiers will be processing documents that require a Secret clearance. The Transportation Management Coordinator is primarily responsible for scheduling and selecting the modes of transportation for personnel and equipment. Soldiers who are trained in this MOS will have access of monitoring various transportation movements and operating automated data that may be sensitive. When Soldiers deploy overseas, the Transportation Movement Coordinator prepares and consolidates transportation movement reports, monitors all freight, cargo and material to ensure accountability. They also identify and reports problem areas within the traffic management system to prevent additional cost, loss, and damage.
There are four Skill Levels of 88N: Skill Level 1-88N10, Skill Level 2-88N20, Skill Level 3-88N30, and Skill Level 4-88N40. Each Skill Level plays a vital role in their MOS. For instance, Skill Level 1-88N10, advises military and DoD civilians of their entitlements for shipment of personal property and passenger travel and prepares necessary documentation. They document and inventory weight and cargo, material shipments of all types and label cargo freight shipments in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Skill Level 2-88N20, provides supervision and technical guidance for subordinates. They research, interpret, prepare, and coordinate actions as the customs officer for shipments released in overseas theaters and operate as quality control NCOs for commercial movement contracts.
Skill Level 3-88N30, conducts training program for subordinate personnel. They supervise the operation of a cargo and material documentation unit, a movement control branch or section, the installation personal property and passenger travel section and supervise customs officers and review customs procedures in overseas theaters.
Skill Level 4-88N40, supervises cargo documentation and movement control units for all transportation modes; reviews DoD contracts and agreements with host nations, perform as a staff NCO in military traffic management agencies, serve as the Transportation Liaison Representative between other military services, commercial agencies, and host nation support elements.
By having a Secret clearance, Soldiers will be able to identify important information through their data that may be vital to the mode of transportation and any possible threats. As the situation changes, our Soldiers need to be prepared for the unexpected.
A Soldier, who does not meet the requirement of having a Secret clearance, may have to reclassify to needs of the Army. If a Soldier has 88N as a secondary MOS, and obtained a Secret clearance from his primary MOS he/she wouldn’t have to reapply. For contractors that are working in the 88N field, their contracts will dictate if they are required to have a specific level of Security clearance.
The Transportation Management Coordinator will not change any current training strategy. For further information see ALARACT Message 120-2011, or contact your unit retention office or your local Inspector General office. As always, we are here to help.