Ammunition specialist (89B)

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.

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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.