Ordnance Officer

Ordnance Officer

A key component to the Army's success is the maintenance of a wide range of weapons systems, commonly called "ordnance." Ordnance Officers are responsible for ensuring that these weapons systems, vehicles, and equipment are ready and available--and in perfect working order--at all times.

An Ordnance Officer will also manage the developing, testing, fielding, handling, storage and disposal of munitions.

The responsibilities of an Ordnance Lieutenant may include:

  • Commanding and controlling Ordnance operations and combined armed forces during land combat.
  • Coordinating employment of Ordnance Soldiers at all levels of command, from platoon to battalion and higher, in U.S. and multi-national operations.


Ordnance Officer training includes completion of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course (OOBC), where you will learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in an Ordnance platoon. Your training will take place in classrooms and in the field.

Helpful Skills

Being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities. A leader exhibits self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence. They are physically fit and can perform under physical and mental pressures. Leaders make decisions quickly, always focusing on completing the mission successfully, and show respect for their subordinates and other military officers. Leaders lead from the front and adjust to environments that are always changing. They are judged by their ability to make decisions on their own and bear ultimate moral responsibility for those decisions.

Advanced Responsibilities

Ordnance Officers may continue in the Operations career field, serving in the Ordnance Branch at ever increasing levels of leadership and responsibility.

Responsibilities of an Ordnance Captain may include:

  • Commanding and controlling company-sized Ordnance operations units (200-300 Soldiers).
  • Coordinating employment of Ordnance Soldiers at all levels of command, from company to division level and beyond, in U.S. and multi-national operations.
  • Developing doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique Ordnance missions.
  • Providing instruction on Ordnance vehicles and systems at service schools and combat training centers.
  • Serving as Ordnance advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations.

Related Civilian Jobs

While there is no directly related job for an Ordnance Officer in the civilian world, the leadership skills you acquire as an Army Officer will help you in many types of civilian careers. An Officer in the Army is most closely related to a vital manager in a corporation.