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Aircraft Armament Systems

Overview:  High speed jets can't simply "drop" bombs, as the vacuum created on their undersurface could prevent separation of the bomb from the jet. These aircraft employ sophisticated suspension, launch, and release systems in order to effectively deliver bombs, rockets, and missiles, including the use of electronically activated explosive devices to launch the munitions away from the aircraft. Aircraft Armament Systems personnel maintain these launching and releasing devices and also load the munitions onto them. 

Position:  Enlisted

AFSC: 2W1X1

Specific Tasks:

  • Load and unload nuclear and nonnuclear munitions, explosives, and propellant devices on aircraft
  • Manage, install, and maintain aircraft bomb, rocket, and missile release, launch, suspension, and monitor systems, guns and gun mounts, and related munitions equipment 
  • Install ground safety devices on munitions and gun systems to prevent inadvertent detonation or firing 

Requirements:

  • Normal color vision and depth perception 
  • Eligibility for a Secret security clearance 
  • No record of emotional instability 
  • ASVAB score of 60 on Mechanical or 45 on Electrical
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 70 pounds
  • Eligibility for a Secret security clearance

Training:

  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 
  • Technical Training is 45-86 days at Sheppard AFB, TX 
  • College credit earned:  Aircraft Armament  Systems Technology - 16-28 credits 

Related Civilian Occupation:

  • General Maintenance and Repair Workers 
  • Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters