Ordnance Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


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 Government and Public Administration cluster National Security 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.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • 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 equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic 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 requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work