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Ordnance Specialist ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Transports, stores, inspects, prepares, and disposes of weapons and ammunition.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Loads nuclear and conventional explosives and ammunition on aircraft, ships, and submarines.
  • Inspects mounted guns, bomb release systems, and missile launchers.
  • Assembles and loads explosives.
  • Defuses unexploded bombs.
  • Locates, identifies, renders safe, recovers, or destroys hazardous U.S. and foreign munitions.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel