Ordnance is a military term for all types of ammunition and weapons, such as missiles, guns, and chemical munitions. Ordnance officers make decisions regarding the purchase, handling, storage, maintenance, use, and disposal of ordnance. They also supervise and train ordnance personnel assigned to their unit.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Manages and directs the inspection, repair, and maintenance of weapon systems.
- Directs the handling, transportation, storage, and disposal of all types of ammunition, missiles, and explosives.
- Detects, identifies, and reports nuclear, biological, and chemical contamination.
- Supervises the loading and unloading of weapons and ammunition on aircraft, ships, and other transport systems.
- Instructs personnel in explosive ordnance disposal methods and proper procedures for handling all types of ordnance.
- Participates in the research, development, test, evaluation, and acquisition of ground and/or air weapons systems.
- Employs digital switching theory, logic, computer fundamentals, and infrared fundamentals applicable to missile systems and associated equipment.