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Ordnance Officers

Intelligence, Combat and Readiness

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Work Environment

Ordnance officers usually work on bases or ships. Due to the need to keep forces supplied with weapons and munitions, ordnance officers may spend time outdoors in all types of weather.

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It is the job of the ordnance officer to make sure that the Military’s weapons and ammunition supplies are safe and secure. These officers make decisions regarding the purchase, handling, storage, and transport of ordnance. They also oversee teams that maintain, modify, and dispose of ordnance.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for ordnance officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Ordnance transportation, handling, and storage
  • Maintenance and repair of weapons systems and ordnance
  • Arming/disarming techniques
  • Ordnance disposal
  • Chemical and nuclear detection and defense
  • Basic electronics/electricity fundamentals
  • Hazards and identification of United States and foreign munitions
  • Demolition materials, procedures, and operations
  • Chemical and biological ordnance disposal operations

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organizational and management skills

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