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Communiqué from the RCLS Secretariat:
In July 2020, the LogO OA was launched with the goal of addressing defined problems within the occupation and delivering an Occupation Specification (OS) as mandated by the new Job Based System (JBS) adopted by the CAF over ten years ago.
During the analysis phase, consideration was given to several factors resulting in a decision designed to develop professionally competent, institutionally credible Logistics Officers. That decision determined there would be only one Logistics Officer occupation with core competencies in materiel management, transportation, personnel administration, and budgeting. As LogOs progress in rank and experience, they will either select a career path in sustainment as a Logistics Sustainment Officer (LSO) and get advanced training and specialization in sustainment specialties or they will select a career path in the sub-occupation of Finance with core competencies in budgeting, financial management, financial services and policy, and personnel administration, and where they will receive advanced financial training. Thus, in future, all Logistics Officers will be classified as either Logistics Sustainment Officers (LSO) or Logistics Finance Officers (LFO).
With the analysis done and the decision finalized, the implementation phase has begun. CFLTC is working hard to restructure required training in preparation for the first round of courses in 2024. Preliminary work has begun with the elimination of the 2023 Transportation Officer specialty course, elimination of all but one of the 2023 Human Resource Officer specialty courses, and the commencement of the rewrite and translation of new course materiel to effectively train the new LogO core competencies. Current qualifications and experience will be acknowledged and honoured meaning that re-training for current LogOs who have reached the Occupational Functional Point (OFP) will not be required.
As we move forward, the information phase will be key to educating all LogOs on this crucial evolution of the trade. Passage of information will be done in four key steps:
1. Initial communiqué on the LogO OA (this message) – May 2023;
2. Senior Officer Information Sessions – June/July 2023;
3. Locally held information sessions held by local reps – June/July/August 2023; and
4. RCLSI virtual information sessions – August/September 2023.
These information sessions and townhalls will aim to provide you the information you require to move into the next phase of this process, either to make a selection for your career, or to mentor someone else through the selection process. The Selection Phase will be carried out in mid to late Fall 2023. We will begin with members identifying their professional preferences to be either LSO or LFO, and succession planners and chains of command will confirm based on service requirements. This selection phase will set the stage for the new training to begin in 2024.