Motor transportation students gain knowledge and job experience

21 Mar 2013 | Lance Cpl. Joshua Grant

One intermediate or advanced motor operator class reached full capacity over the past year prompting officials to reach out to motor transportation operators encouraging follow-on training.

The logistics school on Camp Johnson continuously offers intermediate and advanced courses for enlisted motor transport operators as well as entry level classes for logistics officers.

The course for non-commissioned officer’s course consists of approximately 21 training days and the staff non-commissioned course lasts 17. The motor transportation phase for logistics officers lasts two weeks.

According to Capt. Thomas Watson, officer in charge of the advanced ground transportation operations section, SNCOs receive mostly supervisory training designed to improve their ability to lead their junior Marines. The NCO course includes some supervisory material, but more importantly, introduces Marines to higher billets with a detailed training package.

The courses also include a large amount of interactive discussions that help the instructors to learn what is happening in the fleet. Instructors can then share with other classes the latest motor transportation methods and techniques that have yet to make it to a formal training syllabus at the school house.

NCOs who previously trained in the course received a few days convoy training on highways. Watson state course improvements due to the Combat Convoy Simulator enable the instructors to train twice as many convoy commanders per day.

Watson also stated classes could be a positive break from the daily grind for future students, but emphasized the training is demanding. “There’s work, but it is work with a goal to provide information to students in the future," he said.

Course prerequisites require marines to complete appropriate Marinenet modules and the Marine must have more than one year left on their current contract.