Air Force Combat Aerial Gunner Careers

One of the more exciting career fields in the United States Air Force is the position of Combat Aerial Gunner. The Combat Aerial Gunner in a position that will operate a variety of different weapons, and uses different munitions in combat situations. You will be trained to operate a variety of different systems, and fly on aircraft as an aircrew member. You will perform under stressful conditions against the enemy, and fire weapons in combat and battle conditions on direction.


You will work to 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. You will perform flight operations vital to the combat missions of the Air Force, and perform different aspects of your duties and job requirements, including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and other physical issues.

Can You Handle All The Work?

You will learn how to use electronic devices, including Night Vision devices, and learn how to interpret flight manuals to locate and scan different areas. You will learn about charts, schematics, technical publications, and different flight related materials. You will learn how to perform on drill missions, life fire and training situations, and how to operate on combat mission on a number of different flight conditions. As an Air Force Combat Aerial gunner you will work to operate aircraft systems, auxiliary systems, and rescue based equipment to perform the safe deployment of Air Force missions. You will have other duties including; using small and large caliber ammunition, performing in flight maintenance and airborne associated equipment, and learning how to apply your training and how to take quick action in a number of different emergencies.

To become an US Air Force Aerial Gunner Apprentice you have to have completed different types of training. You will attend Air Force Boot camp, and learn about the basics of enlisted Air Force performance. You will advance to additional training to learn about becoming an aerial gunner. You will attend Basic Air Force Aerial Gunner Course training, and receive specialized weapons and advanced training. After completing this course you will advance and be assigned to a field assignment duty station.

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You have to have a high school diploma, and a minimum ASVAB score to qualify for the Air Force Aerial gunner enlisted course. Any math or science coursework is helpful, as is coursework in mechanical, hydraulic or industrial fields.




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military dot image Ethan Eddy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

What is the minimum score you must receive on the ASVAB to qualify for Aerial Gunner?

military dot image Damir    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

A 60 or higher on the mechanical portion of the ASVAB. Good Luck.

military dot image LeeR.    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

what is the deployment rate, death rate, and what are things you can do to better your chances to make it in.?

military dot image Trevor Dietrich    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Would love an aerial gunner position and not having much luck getting it. Very physical fit and this sounds like the perfect job for me. Please help!

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Trevor, if you’re of age and qualify… get on the phone with your Air Force recruiter. Just google your city and air force recruiter. Time may be now before the President cuts more funding to our military… thus downsizing the manpower. Good luck! My best, Larry

military dot image Jacob    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Do aerial gunners in training need to go through centrifuges/gravity spins?

military dot image Gary    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Whats the age requirement for a aerial gunner?

military dot image Nicholas    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I got a 52 on my electrical portion of my asvab line scores and a 48 on my mechanic. Would that disqualify me from getting this job?

military dot image Nicholas    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I got a 52 on my electrical and a 48 on my mechanical portion line scores. Because my mechanical portion isn’t a 60+ would that disqualify me from getting this job? Just need to know because aerial gunner is my first pick.

military dot image Ethan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My recruiter told my parents that as an aerial gunner until your in a senior position all you will be doing is watching doing on the aircraft and reloading Ammo is this true. How fast can I expect to be on an aircraft doing my job? Than you!

military dot image B. Kane    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

As an aerial gunner, you will be doing the same job as everyone else. It doesn’t matter if you are an E-5 or an E-9. If you are qualified ,then you are qualified. I have experience as a gunner (22 years) on both helicopters and AC-130 gunships. On an AC-130, there is a lead gunner and might be the highest ranking but not always. The deployments are long and often. Sometimes very tough on married individuals and single parents. Make sure this is something that you can deal with.

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