89B Ammunition Specialist
Firearms and other projectile weapons are only as good as the ammunition that goes in them. That makes the storage and distribution of ammunition - all ammunition - an undertaking of paramount importance. As the Ammunition Specialist, you’ll ensure this vital job is done correctly through precise handling, storage, and documentation of ordnance.
The primary responsibility of an Army National Guard Ammunition Specialist is to ensure the proper receipt, storage, documentation, and issuance of conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, and related items. These duties may include the inspection, modification, and demilitarization of various munitions. You will also learn how to maintain nuclear weapons, and how to handle, test, and maintain missiles and rockets.
• Operate computer hardware and software/utilities or keep manual records in order to perform stock control and accounting procedures
• Perform ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using both automated and manual procedures
• Inspect weapon systems to determine need for repair or destruction
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Ammunition identification and ammunition-related publications
• Explosives demolition operations
• Operation of automated and manual ammunition management systems
• Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Interest in planning and organizing
• Work calmly under stress
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with government agencies and private industries performing ordnance research and development. You might also consider a future as a bomb-disposal expert, gunsmith, or munitions manufacturer.
Earn While You Learn
Get paid to learn! In the Army National Guard, you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for an Ammunition Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, as well as seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
- Paid training
- A monthly paycheck
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Federal and State tuition assistance
- Retirement benefits for part-time service
- Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
- 401(k)-type savings plan
- Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
- Health care benefits available
- VA home loans
- Bonuses, if applicable
- Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
- Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
- Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
- Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.