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Nuclear Weapons


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


high school graduatemechanicalenlistedweaponry & materielnatural sciencemaintenance & repairfuture technologies

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Career Description

From gravity bombs and cruise missiles to multiwarhead ICBMs, the United States nuclear arsenal is incredibly diverse. As a Nuclear Weapons specialist, it will be your job to inspect, maintain, repair, modify and test every aspect of our arsenal from the warheads themselves to the bomb racks in our B-2 Stealth Bombers. You'll need cool nerves and extreme mental discipline to do this job, as not only are you working with delicate materials, but you're also working with a major component of our national defense that simply cannot fail, ever.

Career Tasks

  • Inspect, assemble, disassemble, maintain, repair, refinish, modify and test nuclear warheads, bombs, missiles, reentry vehicles and systems and associated equipment
  • Install and remove nuclear warheads and maintain clip-in assemblies, launchers, pylons, bomb racks and penetration aids
  • Troubleshoot and maintain test sets. Systems you will be trained on are the Air Launch Cruise Missile, Short Range Attack Missile and numerous types of gravity weapons.

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Weaponry
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Mechanics
  • Physics
  • New Technology


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Nuclear Weapons technical training:

School location: Sheppard AFB [TX]

Length of course: 67 days

College degree earned: Munitions Systems Technology

College credits earned: 22