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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


Specific Tasks:

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


  • High school diploma or GED is mandatory. Completion of courses in mechanics or basic electronics is desirable.
  • Normal color vision and depth perception
  • No record of emotional instability 
  • ASVAB score of 60 on Mechanical or 45 on Electrical


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Occupation:

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