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Related Civilian Jobs:

  • Inventory Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Accountant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Shipping and Receiving Clerk
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Logistics Specialist

SKs procure, store, preserve, and package supplies, spare parts, provisions, technical items, and all other necessary supplies and services. They also keep inventories, prepare requisitions, and check incoming supplies. Storekeepers handle all logistical functions and are experts in the Coast Guard accounting system, preparing financial accounts and reports. They utilize all types of office equipment and use computers extensively. They also operate all types of material handling equipment, including forklifts.

Types of Duty:

SKs are stationed throughout the Coast Guard in all types of shore units, including sectors, bases, air stations, law enforcement teams, district offices and headquarters units. They also serve at sea on most large cutters, including ice-breakers and the new security cutters. SKs have opportunities for independent-duty assignments on buoy tenders and search and rescue stations.

Training Available:

SK 'A' school is a eight-week, performance-based course. Students perform actual SK tasks, with practical exercises in:

  • MILSTRIP, Research Federal Logistics Data (FEDLOG)
  • Create MILSTRIP Messages Using Coast Guard Message System (CGMS)
  • Simplified Acquisition Procedures Using Finance & Procurement Desktop (FPD)
  • Fiscal Procedures
  • Shipping and Receiving
  • Inventory Management and Configuration Management (CMPlus)
  • Property Management
  • Transportation of Freight


Computer skills, organizational skills, and an aptitude for practical mathematics are desired. Inventory and customer-service experience is a plus, although not required.