Ordnance Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

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.

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.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Ordnance Officers in the Military

29,730

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Salary

Average Salary

$80,102

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Education

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 storageMaintenance and repair of weapons systems and ordnanceArming/disarming techniquesOrdnance disposalChemical and nuclear detection and defenseBasic electronics/electricity fundamentalsHazards and identification of United States and foreign munitionsDemolition materials, procedures, and operationsChemical and biological ordnance disposal operations

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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