Aircraft Ordnance Technician

SSgt to Pvt - PMOS


This MOS encompasses duties incident to the inspection, maintenance and repair of armament equipment and loading of aviation ordnance on Marine Corps aircraft. The Aircraft Ordnance Technician performs a variety of duties and tasks such as inspecting ammunition, testing aircraft systems, performing preventive maintenance and effecting repairs, loading and fusing ammunition and arming/de-arming aircraft.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must possess a GT score of 105 or higher.
  • Must have normal color perception.
  • Security requirement: Secret security clearance eligibility.
  • Must possess a valid state drivers license (Sgt to Pvt)
  • Must meet the medical requirements for Explosives Handlers and Explosives Vehicle Operators contained in NAVMED P-117, Article 15-107.
  • Marines who handle explosives must meet the criteria to be qualified and certified as per MCO 8023.3B.


  • Complete the applicable CNATT AO (C) Course appropriate for the intended initial aircraft assignment.
  • Must obtain GSE licenses appropriate for the aircraft assigned.
  • Must obtain Incidental Motor Vehicle operator licensing for High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV Tactical Vehicle).


  • SSgt to Pvt:
    • Employs appropriate safety precautions, security procedures, and record-keeping techniques for ordnance.
    • Operates and performs operator maintenance on armament weapons support equipment and aircraft armament equipment.
    • Loads and unloads airborne weapons and stores aboard aircraft to include reconfiguration and functional testing of aircraft weapons release and control, missile, and guns systems.
    • Removes, maintains, services, installs, and loads aircraft guns.
    • Arms and de-arms aircraft
    • Inventories, manages, and maintains cartridge actuated devices, electronic countermeasures, training missiles and munitions.
    • Supports and actively participates in a thorough comprehensive weapons systems, safety and training programs.
  • SSgt to Cpl:
    • Conducts functional tests of racks, launchers, adapters and electrical components, aircraft armament circuits and maintains them in an operational status by appropriate preventive maintenance.
    • Configures or reconfigures assigned aircraft for carriage of any aviation ammunition within the capability of the aircraft by installing or removing racks, launchers, adapters, and electrical components.
    • Maintains and installs aerial target towing equipment; maintains and operates associated support equipment.
    • Conducts functional tests of aircraft armament electrical fusing, firing, and release circuits and maintains them in an operational status.
  • SSgt to Sgt:
    • Applies bore sight procedures and techniques as applicable to aircraft sights and weapons systems.
    • Procures supplies, maintains records, prepares reports, and utilizes publications pertinent to aviation ordnance and aircraft armament equipment.
    • Performs quality control of work accomplished by the ordnance section on aircraft assigned.
    • Prepares and submits unsatisfactory equipment reports as outlined in OPNAVINST 8000.16.
    • Trains aircraft ordnance technicians in all phases of squadron level aviation ordnance.
    • Applies administrative procedures necessary to establish and operate a squadron ordnance section.
    • Conducts administrative and material inspections of squadron ordnance sections.
    • Prepares Conventional Ordnance Deficiency Reports, Explosive Mishap Reports, Explosive Event Reports, Technical Publication Deficiency Reports, Missile Fire Reports, Product Quality Deficiency Reports, Missing Lost Stolen/Recovered Ammunition Reports, and Engineering Investigation Requests, when appropriate.

Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 49-9042.
  • Explosive Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters 47-5031.

Related Military Skill:

  • Aviation Ordnance Equipment Repair Technician, 6541.