Can You Shoot While Moving Mega Speeds In The Air? Then How About A Career as a Aerial Gunner in the Air Force.

The field of Aerial Gunner in the United States Air Force is a very challenging career field. You will be able to fly and operate a variety of munitions against possibly enemy forces, and for this you will have to be well trained and able to operate a number of systems.  Part of the job as an Aerial Gunner is to serve as an Aircrew member.  You will be responsible for briefing passengers on your aircraft on safety or other procedures. You will perform a variety of duties including pre-flight and post-flight weapons inspection, in flight maintenance of weapons and airborne systems, and insure the availability and maximum utilization of weapons and weapons systems.

As an Aerial Gunner Apprentice you will be vital to the success of test, combat, and training missions. The training you will receive will take you through all aspects of your duties and job requirements, including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and other physical issues. You will be shown and instructed on how to properly use Night Vision devices, and electronic devices to locate and scan areas.  You will be shown how to read and interpret flight manuals, technical publications, charts, schematics and other flight related materials. You will participate in live fire and drill missions, and training and combat missions under a variety of conditions.

The training you will receive will give you skills to operate hoists, aircraft systems, auxiliary and rescue based equipment to perform missions and safe deployment of personnel.  Some of the other duties you will have will include: Maintaining ammunition, flares and small ammo, assisting the flight engineer during remote and emergency operations, perform in-flight maintenance of associated equipment and airborne weapons systems, apply quick and trained action in emergencies to repair systems in flight, and act as a trained observer and aircrew member.

To be qualified to serve as an Aerial Gunner Apprentice you must have knowledge and training in mechanical, electrical, and various hydraulic principles relating to aircraft and airborne weapons and equipment.  Following basic training you will attend Air Force Advanced training school. Following your advanced training you may either receive additional specialized weapons and aircraft training, or be assigned to an operational Air Force Unit.  At some point you will be sent to the Basic Air Force Aerial Gunner Course. Completion of this course is necessary to advance and receive further career training in this job designation.

Basic minimum requirements is to possess a High School diploma.  Additional math or science coursework at the college level, or work in the mechanical or industrial fields are also highly desired for candidates for this job specialty. Any coursework in mechanical, hydraulic or electrical fields is also very valuable.




45 Responses to “Can You Shoot While Moving Mega Speeds In The Air? Then How About A Career as a Aerial Gunner in the Air Force.”

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military dot image Alex    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im going in the air force in june, and my job is aerial gunner. i cant wait

military dot image jason    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

what do you have to get on the test?

military dot image Ethan Eddy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Yea,what do you have to score on the ASVAB to qualify for Aerial Gunner???

military dot image Luke    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im looking at my jbo list cause im Joining for Aerial Gunner too and you have to score at least a 60 on the mechanical portion

military dot image isaac    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

also make sure you have depth perception because it is required for this mos.

military dot image Josephina    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

wow. am i the only girl doing this?? i leave for basics next september and im totally psyched for my job =D

military dot image ACC    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Pretty sure aerial gunner apprentice is a male job only

military dot image sam    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

its not male only, im a chick and i can do it.

military dot image Samantha Baird    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

It’s not a male only job. If you look on the Air Force website, all the male only jobs have it listed, and it’s not. And that’s what I am doing.

military dot image Liam    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

just got my asvab scores back, got a 72 and gotta go to meps then im good to go. cannot wait. I’m looking forward to the challenge

military dot image Taylor Bechtol    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

You have to get a 60 in mechanical or a 45 in electrical.

military dot image Shane    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Good luck to you all. I have been a gunner for over 17 years. It use to me males only, but it has been opened to females for quite a while now.

military dot image Harrison    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m in the air force now but my original job was aerial gunner but i got talked out of it like a moron. now im a hydraulic spec. for the b-52 but i plan on cross-training back to aerial gunner.

military dot image Jesse James    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

you have to qualify for mechanical and electronics. awesome job

military dot image chiko    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

ive been an aerial gunner for 5 yrs and yes females can do it but only few very few make it through the process. Good luck guys

military dot image gunner    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

its not a male only job.. and a heads up.. if you really want to be a gunner, dont post on these forums (or atleast dont say you do) because when you get into training, the instructors are going to make fun of you for it. There is alot more to this job then you think, so don’t go into it thinking you are going to just shoot guns. be prepared to study

military dot image Tanner    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey, I’m in high school and I’m looking into joining the Military. I was looking into careers such as the Aerial Gunner or a cannon crew member. My question is do these guns permanently damage your hearing. I know they’re loud but do they cause permanent damage? Other then these two roles what else might you suggest me? Thanks..

military dot image Travis    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I got a 94 in electricala and a 88 on mechanical and am leaving June 15, for Fort Lackland. My job = Aerial Gunner.

military dot image Tiffany    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

josephina, you are not the only girl. im not positive yet but this seems like something i would definately be interested in, i havent enlisted yet but im workin on it. i also wanna kno wat u need on the ASVAB to qualify for aerial gunner cuz i didnt do so hot in the mechanical section… :/

military dot image alex    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

is this job in high demand or no. it was on my list im going to try for it

military dot image oyen    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im planning to go to airforce BMT next year. and im planning to be an aereal gunner! im physically fit. what else should I be ready for?

military dot image Zeke    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im going in Jan 25th as Munitions Systems. I. I did awesome on every single test, except my vision. apparently my right eye vision isnt correctable to 20/20. something got mixed up here. Well it turned out to be my glasses perscription had changed over a year throwing off my results. I was told if the results get corrected I could perhaps get reassigned to Aerial Gunner. i kinda hope that happens. But either way i’ve got a nice pick.

military dot image lance    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

what is the minimum ASVAB score to become an aerial gunner in the air force? obviously you have to score the highest in mechanics but overall lowest score?

military dot image kyle    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

how hard is gunner school? this is the MOS im looking at and i just wanna be sure i can get through the school so i dont get a job i dont want. and a 60 is the lowest you can get lance..

military dot image Brianne    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

do u need good vision? cause i wear glasses :(

military dot image Chryste    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

That was my job :)

military dot image Reed    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

How long is training in order to be an aerial gunner? And is there a swimming requirement for it??

military dot image Scott    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Any chance at getting this job? My recruiter told me it was like a 90 month wait

military dot image Jace    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Yeah, i was told that this job comes along rarely. You could be waiting for a while. Though i’d say its worth the wait. And there is no swimming requirement that i know of for it.

military dot image Roger    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im jealous of everyone that does this job. I joined just to do this but got told at MEPS I was color blind becasue of that damn number book. So Comm it is for me(which i hate). Gotta talk to a career advisor and get some more test done. Im either cross training to Aerial Gunner, going to JCSE or getting out.

military dot image Jessica    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I qualified to be an Aerial Gunner, but I want to know the odds of becoming one. Like if its a needed position? Or is it a rare thing? email me if anyone knows. [email protected]

military dot image Nate Gordon    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m joining next year to either be a PJ or Aerial Gunner and I’m starting to lean toward Aerial Gunner. OOORAH

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military dot image Seanie    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m leaving May 1st and I’m an aerial gunner. Most people I know love it,but there have been some to rethink it. It just depends on your own likes and dislikes. Personally it’s where I see myself and I’m excited since I’ve grown up on bases my entire life :)

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