Ok, since I'm a Storekeeper, I'll give you the real answers.
Parts of our job are accounting based. That is only a small portion of the job though. As a Storekeeper, you will do all of the following:
- Inventory Management
- Shipping / Receiving
- Budgeting / Budget Management
- Account Reconciliation
- Property Accountability / Management
- Forklift Operators
In addition to that, there are always collateral duties. For instance, if you are assigned to a ship, you will coordinate the purchase of fuel, sewage removal, water, and rental vehicles while in foreign ports. You will have to send out what is called a LOGREQ (logistics request) to the foreign port prior to arrival to coordinate all of the needed things for your cutter.
You are in charge of million dollar inventories and multi-million dollar budgets, sometimes on your own. You will do weekly accounting to ensure that your finances and expenditures match what the CG Finance Center's books say. You will conduct quarterly, annual, and spot inventories on all stored material as well as accountable property. You are in charge of managing the budget properly to ensure it is being spent at the proper pace and that you are not going over your allocated amount. You are in charge of working with all of the different departments to ensure that all of their supply needs are being met. You are responsible for the creation and proper managing of high dollar government contracts for service, construction, and supplies. For shipping and receiving, you are to inspect each shipment as it comes in to ensure order accuracy as well as checking for damaged items.
You have to know ahead of time that it can be a thankless job at times. You need to accept that ahead of time, and you will be fine. The thanks you get is generally from your superiors or your fellow SK's. It's a great job, and I enjoy doing it. There's a great feeling when the engineers have a major problem and you are able to coordinate an order and get the parts delivered the very next day. Whether or not you get an actual "thank you" from those that you support, we always know that what we do is appreciated. You can be stretched thin at times, due to the amount of different areas that we cover, but at least we are kept busy.
PO1 Kevin Couture