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88 Series (Enlisted)

88 Series Enlisted

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About 88 Series Enlisted 88H Cargo Specialist 88K Watercraft Operator 88L Watercraft Engineer 88M Motor Transport Operator 88N Transportation Management Coordinator 88U Railway Operations Crewmember

88 Series Enlisted

The CMF 88 series provides a full spectrum of transportation capabilities at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war, enabling a CONUS-based and forward-deployed Army to rapidly deploy, distribute and maneuver forces, equipment and materiel anytime, anywhere in support of the National Military Strategy. Transportation NCOs assist in the planning, directing, supervising and execution of Army and DoD transportation operations at the tactical, operational and strategic levels, to include joint operations and operations other-than-war. They are technically proficient with employment of transportation and mission-unique equipment, personnel, and systems. In addition, they understand logistics and distribution operations to include the use of transportation, supply and maintenance automated systems.

88H Cargo Specialist

About 88H

The U.S. Army Transportation Corps' 88H Cargo Specialist are disciplined, technical experts that transship cargo between all modes of transportation and execute port operations upload/download, staging, and marshalling tasks to support the Army’s global operations. 88H Cargo Specialists are the Army's experts for everything the Army moves by land, sea, or air.

88H Cargo Specialists are trained in:

  • Cargo Documentation
  • Securing of Cargo
  • Manual and Automatic Cargo Handling Procedures
  • Equipment training on Kalmar RT240 Rough Terrain Cargo Handler (RTCH), the All-Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS 10K), the 40-ton Mobile Crane, and the ship/shore mounted Hagglund Crane.

88H Cargo Specialists are trained in:

  • Cargo Documentation
  • Securing of Cargo
  • Manual and Automatic Cargo Handling Procedures
  • Equipment training on Kalmar RT240 Rough Terrain Cargo Handler (RTCH), the All-Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS 10K), the 40-ton Mobile Crane, and the ship/shore mounted Hagglund Crane.

88H Cargo Specialist

101st Airborne Cargo Handlers stacking containers.
101st Airborne Cargo Handlers stacking containers.
Cargo Specialist from the 101st Airborne loading large equipment.
Cargo Specialist from the 101st Airborne loading large equipment.

88H Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) (Sergeant – Sergeant First Class)

At the NCO level, 88H Cargo Specialists are proficient in all methods of cargo handling and storage procedures (manual or mechanical). They demonstrate a high degree of technical and tactical proficiency and competent performance of leadership functions in order to effectively train junior enlisted Soldiers. The Cargo Specialist NCO maintains accountability of Soldiers and teaches them to properly maintain their equipment to increase mission and training effectiveness.

88K Watercraft Operator

About 88K

The U.S. Army Transportation Corps' 88K Watercraft Operators are disciplined, technical experts that provide the Army with maritime capabilities. They operate and maintain lifeboats and vessel firefighting equipment, stand lookout and perform helm watches, and operate Class B vessels. 88K Watercraft Operators are responsible for navigation, cargo operations, and supervising other Soldiers on Army watercraft. As part of the piloting team, you’ll train in the basics of seamanship and vessel operations, using electronic positioning systems, handheld navigation devices, and traditional watch standing procedures.

88K Watercraft Operators are trained in:

  • Boat handling techniques
  • Docking/Undocking vessels
  • Drop and weigh anchor
  • Interpret code signal flags
  • Send and receive messages via radio, beacon, and signal flag.
  • Emergency water survival
  • Lifeboats and fast-boat operation
  • Shipboard firefighting and other emergency procedures

88K Watercraft Operators are trained in:

  • Boat handling techniques
  • Docking/Undocking vessels
  • Drop and weigh anchor
  • Interpret code signal flags
  • Send and receive messages via radio, beacon, and signal flag.
  • Emergency water survival
  • Lifeboats and fast-boat operation
  • Shipboard firefighting and other emergency procedures

88K Cargo Specialist

Soldiers with the 7th Transportation Brigade - Expeditionary under operational control of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, are signing for Army Preposition Stock in Japan on June 24th in support of upcoming Theater Army and Joint Force exercises. Providing additional Army Watercraft Systems to deliver sea lift capabilities that increase the Theater Army’s freedom of action and ability to flow forces to and within the region.
Soldiers with the 7th Transportation Brigade, providing Army Watercraft Systems.
Pvt. Sidney Little, an 88K Watercraft Operator Course student, listens to the brief with other students in the darkness of the fire trainer April 16 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Little and her classmates would later don equipment to fight flames in smoke-filled, dark spaces with temperatures over 300-degrees.
Pvt. Sidney Little, listens to the brief in the darkness of the fire trainer

88K Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) (Sergeant – Sergeant First Class)

At the NCO level, 88K Watercraft Operators maintain vessel charts, publications, orders, and log books, stand lookout and perform helm watches, and send and receive messages with radios, beacons, and signals. They are skilled in navigating a boat or watercraft and able to beach and retract landing crafts. They are the primary trainer of Soldiers and coach, counsel, and care for subordinates.

88L Watercraft Engineer

About 88L

The U.S. Army Transportation Corps' 88L Watercraft Engineers are disciplined, technical experts that provide the Army with maritime field and sustainment level maintenance capabilities. They service Army watercraft, amphibious and auxiliary equipment on marine vessels. 88L Watercraft Engineers perform daily systems checks, repair and maintain gasoline and diesel engines, troubleshoot and repair watercraft propulsion machinery, and repair and service lift machinery and engine-related electrical systems.

88L Watercraft Engineers are trained in:

  • Basic shipboard electronics
  • Hydraulics Systems
  • Maintenance Shop practices
  • Engine Operation and Maintenance
  • Maritime Operations
  • Maintenance of steering systems
  • Inspection and maintenance of propellers
  • Shipboard firefighting and other emergency procedures

88L Watercraft Engineers are trained in:

  • Basic shipboard electronics
  • Hydraulics Systems
  • Maintenance Shop practices
  • Engine Operation and Maintenance
  • Maritime Operations
  • Maintenance of steering systems
  • Inspection and maintenance of propellers
  • Shipboard firefighting and other emergency procedures

88L Watercraft Engineers

U.S. Army Spc. Sarah Perdue, 329th Composite Watercraft Company, 10th Battalion, engineer, checks the main engine oil level aboard U.S. Army Vessel Missionary Ridge (LCU-2028) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 19, 2022. Perdue is assigned to one of the Army’s eight landing craft utility vessels at Langley-Eustis’ Third Port, and is responsible for maintaining the engineering spaces and equipment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Abraham Essenmacher)
U.S. Army Spc. Sarah Perdue, checks the main engine oil level.
Spc. Huy Dinh and Sgt. Nigel Sonnylal, U.S. Army Reserve watercraft operator Soldiers from the 949th Transportation Company, a unit which specializes in watercraft operations, cargo and watercraft engineering, pose with a watercraft chart and tools for a series of portraits on board a Logistics Support Vessel in Baltimore, Md., on April 7-8, 2017. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)
Spc. Huy Dinh and Sgt. Nigel Sonnylal, checking their charts.

88L Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) (Sergeant – Sergeant First Class)

As an 88L Watercraft Engineer, opportunities are available to secure civilian credentials which can be applied towards points for promotion within the Army as well as expand opportunities for application outside the Army.

88M Motor Transport Operator

About 88M

The U.S. Army Transportation Corps' 88M Motor Transport Operators are disciplined, technical experts that provide the Army with motor transportation capabilities to support movement of personnel and cargo. They operate all tactical wheeled vehicles and equipment over rough terrain and roadways in support of combat operations.

88M Motor Transport Operators are trained in:

  • Loading/Unloading Operations and Procedures
  • Vehicle-mounted navigation and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)systems
  • Radio Communication
  • Vehicle and Convoy Security & Defense
  • Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Transportation
  • Vehicle Recovery Operations

88M Motor Transport Operators are trained in:

  • Loading/Unloading Operations and Procedures
  • Vehicle-mounted navigation and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)systems
  • Radio Communication
  • Vehicle and Convoy Security & Defense
  • Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Transportation
  • Vehicle Recovery Operations

88M Motor Transport Operators

United States Army vehicles successfully land on the beach from a Floating Causeway in Bowen North Queensland during Exercise Talisman Sabre, marking the opening of Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) activities which enables the movement of equipment, machinery and vehicles from vessel to shore. (Photo by Australian Defence Force LAC Adam Abela)
United States Army vehicles successfully land on the beach during Exercise Talisman Sabre.
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Jace Schwager, an Army Motor Transport Operator with the 425th Transportation Company, directs the unloading of a humvee at the JP Martinez Army Reserve Center, Denver, Colorado, Feb. 5, 2023. Trucks were loaded onto ramps where HUMVEEs and other equipment were unloaded. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Addison Shinn)
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Jace Schwager directs the unloading of a humvee.

88M Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) (Sergeant – Sergeant First Class)

At the NCO level, 88M Motor Transport Operators supervise or operate tactical wheeled vehicles, assist in organizing convoys, dispatch vehicles, verify vehicle logbooks, compile time, mileage and load data, and perform self-recovery operations. They are skilled in operating all classes of tactical wheeled vehicles and serve as primary trainer of Soldiers.

88N Transportation Management Coordinator (TCM)

About 88N

The U.S. Army Transportation Corps' 88N Transportation Management Coordinators supervise, monitor, control and coordinate the movement of personnel, equipment, and cargo by air, rail, highway, and water. 88N Transportation Management Coordinators determine the most efficient mode of transport that accomplishes mission requirements and advises military and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians concerning the selection of sites for depots, truck terminals, railheads, beachheads, airfields, ports, and inland waterway terminals.

The TMC supervises cargo documentation and movement control units for all transportation modes:

  • Supervision of cargo documentation and movement control units for all transportation modes
  • Formulation and review of documentation on technical traffic management functions
  • Devising and reviewing movement programs for logistical support functions in a theater of operations
  • Serving as the transportation liaison between other military services, commercial agencies, and host nation support elements
  • Reviewing DoD contracts and agreements with host nations
  • Verifying the accuracy of movement control documents
  • Quality control of commercial transportation contracts

The TMC supervises cargo documentation and movement control units for all transportation modes:

  • Supervision of cargo documentation and movement control units for all transportation modes
  • Formulation and review of documentation on technical traffic management functions
  • Devising and reviewing movement programs for logistical support functions in a theater of operations
  • Serving as the transportation liaison between other military services, commercial agencies, and host nation support elements
  • Reviewing DoD contracts and agreements with host nations
  • Verifying the accuracy of movement control documents
  • Quality control of commercial transportation contracts

88N Transportation Management Coordinators

Soldiers from the 16th Sustainment Brigade assigned to the 260th Movement Control Team scan military vehicles during the transport, offload, and processing of over 1,250 equipment items assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, at the port of Vlissingen, Netherlands, on January 10, 2023.
Soldier of the 260th Movement Control Team scan military vehicles
Soldiers and KATUSAs from the 25th Transportation Battalion participated in a Movement Control Academy at Camp Carroll from February 28th to March 3rd. The Movement Control Academy effectively teaches, facilitates, and supports movement control operations in the Korea Theater of Operations.
Soldiers from the 25th Transportation Battalion participated in a Movement Control Academy

88N Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) (Sergeant – Sergeant First Class)

At the NCO level, 88N Transportation Management Coordinators monitor and coordinate the movement of personnel, equipment, and cargo by air, rail, highway, and water and reviews documentation on technical traffic management functions. The Transportation Management Coordinator NCO verifies the accuracy of movement control documents and serves as the primary operator of Standard Army Management Information Systems which is critical to moving the Army. They serve as primary trainer of Soldiers.

88U Railway Operations Crewmember

About 88U

Found only in the U.S. Army Reserve component, the U.S. Army Transportation Corps' 88U Railway Specialist provides rail network capability and infrastructure assessments. 88U Railway specialists supervise and operate the Army’s sophisticated diesel-electric locomotives that move vital supplies and equipment. They assist with rail planning, coordinates the use of host nation or contracted rail assets, and oversees the execution of instructions received from signal towers, switches, and other trains.

88U Railway Specialists are trained in:

  • Train car coupling and uncoupling operations
  • Sending/Receiving signals through onboard signaling devices and systems
  • Signal Tower Operations
  • Loading/Unloading of equipment and cargo
  • Operation of Diesel-Electric Locomotives

88U Railway Specialists are trained in:

  • Train car coupling and uncoupling operations
  • Sending/Receiving signals through onboard signaling devices and systems
  • Signal Tower Operations
  • Loading/Unloading of equipment and cargo
  • Operation of Diesel-Electric Locomotives

88U Railway Specialists

The 25th Transportation Battalion and Transportation division of the U.S. Army Materiel Support Command – Korea supports rail-load operations to bolster rotational units with the 2nd Infantry Division, ROK-US Combined Division at Camp Casey, Korea Aug. 12, 2023. The rail-load operations played a critical role in moving the Army Prepositioned Stock-4 (APS-4) from Camp Carroll to Camp Casey in support of a 1st Armored Division’s “no notice” Deployment Response Exercise. The exercise demonstrated the 1st Armored Division’s ability to rapidly respond to any mission while ensuring their equipment, gear, and personnel ready for deployment. The successful completion of the DRE reaffirmed the Army’s readiness and fight-tonight capabilities on the Korean Peninsula while fulfilling the Army’s commitment to maintain armored readiness. The Army Prepositioned Stock program is a cornerstone of the Army’s ability to rapidly project power and send a clear signal of U.S. commitment to maintaining combat power in the region. (U.S. Army photos by: Staff Sgt. Felix Mena 210 Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, ROK-US Combined Division)
The 25th Transportation Battalion and Transportation division supports rail-load operations.
The 25th Transportation Battalion and Transportation division of the U.S. Army Materiel Support Command – Korea supports rail-load operations to bolster rotational units with the 2nd Infantry Division, ROK-US Combined Division at Camp Casey, Korea Aug. 12, 2023. The rail-load operations played a critical role in moving the Army Prepositioned Stock-4 (APS-4) from Camp Carroll to Camp Casey in support of a 1st Armored Division’s “no notice” Deployment Response Exercise. The exercise demonstrated the 1st Armored Division’s ability to rapidly respond to any mission while ensuring their equipment, gear, and personnel ready for deployment. The successful completion of the DRE reaffirmed the Army’s readiness and fight-tonight capabilities on the Korean Peninsula while fulfilling the Army’s commitment to maintain armored readiness. The Army Prepositioned Stock program is a cornerstone of the Army’s ability to rapidly project power and send a clear signal of U.S. commitment to maintaining combat power in the region. (U.S. Army photos by: Staff Sgt. Felix Mena 210 Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, ROK-US Combined Division)
1st Armored Division’s ability to rapidly respond to ensuring their equipment ready for deployment.

88U Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) (Sergeant – Sergeant First Class)

At the NCO level, 88U Railway Specialist supervises and provides technical guidance to subordinates performing rail related duties. 88U NCOs supervise the operation of the locomotive's controls and safety appliances, observes and interprets instructions received from signal towers, switches, and other trains. They coordinate train movements; ensures compliance with operating timetables, rule book, and other specific instructions.