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The Army uses a wide variety of Ammunition, explosives, and weapons. These are known as ordnance and their use requires highly specialized care. The men and women who provide that care are the Soldiers known as Ammunition Specialists. Ammunition Specialists handle ordnance such as conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, explosives, and other ammunition- and explosive-related items. Ammunition Specialists assist with all aspects of handling munitions; they receive, store, issue, maintain, modify, destroy, and demilitarize ordnance.

After successfully completing 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training, you will attend Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia where you’ll be trained to identify types and capabilities of conventional ammunition as well as the methods to dispose of them when they become unserviceable. You will learn how to handle ordnance and to receive inventory, package, and ship bulk ammunition such as in sling load operations.

After your Initial Entry Training and Advanced Individual Training, you’ll work in Army field operations receiving, storing, labeling, inventorying, maintaining, and issuing ammunition.

Serving as an Ammunition Specialist can help you transition from the military to the civilian employment sector because your skills in leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving are skills and values in demand by civilian employers.

So become the strength behind the force and provide the Army with the firepower needed to accomplish its mission as an Ammunition Specialist.

Ammunition Specialist (89B)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Ammunition specialists are specialized Soldiers who are responsible for the management of ordnance (ammunition and explosives). They are tasked with receiving, storing and issuing conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, explosives and other ammunition and explosive related items.

Job Duties

  • Perform maintenance modification, destruction and demilitarization on ammunition and explosive components
  • Operate computer hardware and software/utilities 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


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for an Ammunition specialist requires 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Ammunition identification and ammunition-related publications
  • Ammunition/maintenance operations
  • Explosives demolition operations
  • Operation of automated and manual ammunition management systems

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Interest in planning and organizing
  • Work calmly under stress

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST): 91

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a 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.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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