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Army announces new logistics branch
Army announces new logistics branch
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Posted : Thursday Dec 13, 2007 21:24:52 EST

The Army is creating a new logistics branch in an effort to ensure all logistics officers are multi-skilled logisticians, officials announced Thursday.

The branch will be established Jan. 1, and it will be made up of all logistics officers ordnance, quartermaster, transportation in the rank of captain through colonel. It will replace the multifunctional logistician program, also known as Functional Area 90, and is designed to keep up with the Army as it modularizes the force. The new logistics branch will affect logistics officers in the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

Officers will transition into this new branch after completing the captains career course, and they will focus on getting experience in all types of logistics assignments. At the same time, they will alternate into assignments that are specific to their chosen area of expertise.

These officers also will have a new branch insignia that combines all the elements of basic logistics functions. The insignia contains a key to represent the quartermaster branch, a cannon representing ordnance, and a ships wheel to represent transportation. A star in the center represents the integration of all these functions. The insignia is available in clothing sales stores.

Army officials said the quartermaster, transportation and ordnance branches will not go away. More than 270,000 soldiers, or about one-third of the Army population, belong to these branches.

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