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Nuclear Weapons

Overview: Personnel working with nuclear weapons must understand the tremendous responsibility inherent in their work, where precise attention to detail is necessary to ensure the safety of all.  Nuclear weapons specialists perform all aspects of inspecting, handling, storing, modifying and accounting for these weapons and related equipment.  

Specific Tasks: 

  • Stores, handles, transports, inspects, assembles, disassembles, maintains, and modifies nuclear warheads, bombs, missiles, reentry vehicles and systems, launchers, pylons, ejector racks, penetration aids, and associated test and handling equipment. 
  • Inspects, maintains, and operates vehicles and munitions handling equipment used to transport nuclear weapons and components.
  • Complies with nuclear, missile, explosive, and general safety requirements; weapons systems safety rules; and technical order procedures. 
  • Performs weapons inventory, accountability, reporting, and verification procedures using the Defense Integration and Management of Nuclear Data Services (DIAMONDS).
  • Plans, organizes, directs, inspects, and evaluates nuclear weapon activities, and performs nuclear weapon management functions.


  • Minimum ASVAB score of 60 on Mechanical 
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license to operate government motor vehicles 
  • Normal color vision and depth perception
  • Never been convicted of domestic violence IAW the Lautenberg amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968
  • Screened for eligibility and meet requirements of the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) 


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX followed by Technical Training

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