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 Government and Public Administration cluster National Security 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