Enlisted US Navy Gunners Mate Specialist A Popular Military Career

The position of enlisted Navy Gunners mate is one that requires skill and manual dexterity. Some of the different jobs that a Gunners Mate performs include; servicing and maintenance of weapons systems, and different targeting weapons equipment, maintaining sprinkler and safety emergency flooding systems for gun and ammunition storage areas. It is a rating that has a long and proud history in the Navy, and in several of the Navy’s sister services.

Can You Work With Your Hands?

You have to be able to deal with and use tools successfully. Navy gunners mates are personnel that are responsible for the operation and maintenance of rifles, handguns, missile and rocket systems, and other types of weapons and ammunition. If you are good with working with your hands, and enjoy working with different types of weapons, you may be a success at the Navy Gunners Mate enlisted specialty. You will work to supply, requisition, secure, stowing, and providing different ordinance, weapons and ammunition to Navy personnel upon direction, and firing and maintaining weapons of all different types. It is a vital and responsible job that is necessary for the operation and effective success of the Navy.

As a gunners mate you will be responsible for all different types of weapons, as well as being required on occasion to fashion or machine new items to perform a specific job task or to fix a weapons system. Gunner’s mates are jack-of-all-trades that deals with all types of weapons and equipment that are weapons and weapons system related.


Navy Gunners mates are experts in how to properly use and maintain the weapons that are used in the Navy. You will work with different equipment and tools, on weapons magazines, weapons, handguns, small arms of all types, gun mounts, large caliber guns and even certain types of guided missiles and weapons. Some of the different things that you are responsible for include a variety of weapons systems, and you will work to deal with personnel throughout the Navy. After basic training you will attend Class A school advanced training to become a Gunners mate, and then you will be assigned to a duty station.

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A person who serves as a Navy gunners mate must have normal hearing and depth perception and normal hearing, and the ability to qualify for a SECRET level military security clearance. As a new qualified Gunners mate you will continue to train under older more experienced gunners mate as you continue to learn and grow in the Gunners Mate position.

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military dot image RAB323    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was wondering if gunners mate are deployed to Iraq.


military dot image Steven    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

yes, Gunnersmates are needed everyhere. from every kind of ship to bases all over the world. I signed up about a month ago and my deployment is November 22 after Gunnersmate A school ill do a tour on ship and afterward will most likely end up stationed overseas if the “war” isnt over yet.


military dot image joseph    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i wondering, when working as a gunners mate, whats the possibility of being stationed on just a land base? if you score the right score on the ASVAB and get the score for the gunners mate, would go straight to the gunners mate school?


military dot image GMSN Coy USN    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m a Gunners Mate in the United Sates navy and you will most likely be stationed on a ship. I’ll tell you this being on a ship is where a Gunners Mate belongs. If that’s not what you want your in the wrong place. We can get shore duty on our first command but you will need to get MSRON or Riverine orders from A’ School. These are rare and only come up ever so often. You can be selected for IA (individual Augmente) orders from your ship to Iraq or Afghanistan.


military dot image Debbie Barton    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My daughter is going to be a gunners mate and will finish A School in February – is it different for a woman as a gunners mate as to where she will be cruiser, destroyer, or base?


military dot image Johnathan Loposser    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I found the information very usefull seeing that I am a futur sailor who ships out this june 06/21/2012 and the job I was assigned was gunners mate.


military dot image marshall stewart    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Will you get to stay a gunners mate through you whole time in the navy.. i.e. as if you had to reenlist, the navy wont send you to do something thats not related to weapons systems?


military dot image harold williams    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

my gunners mate chief[merle provost] on de-1043 & [gmg 2] squirell craver taught me all it took to be a gunners mate,what a wonderful job shipmates, to announce that mount 51 is manned & ready,


military dot image Laura Zorza    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am Gunnersmate Chief Petty Officer and have served for 20-yrs and just reenlisted. “Normally” a GM will be stationed on board a ship once finished with A-School. Some are fortunate enough to attend C-School before reporting to the ship. I have served shipboard, with a MSRON, SPECWAR and at a NOSC. Women serve just about everywhere males serve with a few exceptions (i.e, PC’s, Frigates).


military dot image Dan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am rejoining Navy as a reservist and I need to change rates and I might select GM rate. Any ideas how it works for a reservist? When I do my AT will I be assigned to a ship as well?


military dot image Mariel Vazquez    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

How long is a gunners mate service commitment? I’m thinking about enlisting next year and this seems pretty interesting and cool I’m trying to get as much information as possible.


military dot image Aaron Kelley    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m going to be leaving for the Navy Boot Camp in september to be a gunners mate GM. I’m really excited cant wait to go. I was wondering is there any more schooling besides A’ School? and how being a GM is all around? as well as the job environment? and how the schooling is?


military dot image GMM2 Nestor    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Being a Gunner’s Mate (Missiles- in those days)1987-1991 was AWESOME! it was the best thing I ever did with my life! I was able to see the world, learn how to fix and work on about any and everything from servos, synchros, hydraulics, pneumatics, small arms all the way up to the MK 10 MOD 13 Guided Missles Launcher– the best parts of it were– 1. you got to blow shit up! 2. see the world 3. know that YOU were the reason the ship was out there to begin with!!! GUNNERS MATE- DEATH & DESTRUCTION! But seriously– knowing after my training that I can handle ANYTHING that life puts at me— pressure? what pressure? civilians have no idea what pressure is until they offload live missiles in the Bering sea while it’s blowing 50. Anchors Away!


military dot image GM2(SCW) Dean    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am Currently a Gunnersmate and can tell you that its one of the best jobs you can have in the Navy not just because of what you do but because every command whether on ship or shore has an armory and every armory needs GM’s. I have been in for three years and have been to many places and for the future GM’s dont just think that a ship is the only place for you there are many diffrent commands to be a part of and you are joing one of the most vertile rates in the Navy. So stand tall and walk proud shipmates.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Thank you for the info. Great job!


military dot image ronald    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hello good day, I want to inquire how to enroll I really want to join the navy and become a GM. I just came from philippines, I have a permanent resident card. Thanks.


military dot image Mrs. Gunner Doyle    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My husband has been a Gunner for 25 years, cwo3 .. He loves his job .. Most of his time has been deployed on 7 or 9 month deployments on carriers.. This last 7 month deployment for us will be in japan with the new p8s .. He has always been a fighter gunner before the new p8

Good luck everyone GO NAVY


military dot image Mrs. Gunner Doyle    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Oh I forgot to add something you all need to know IYAOYAS MRS. Gunner Doyle


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Thank you Mrs. Gunner Doyle! …and to your amazing husband! Keep the faith! My best, Larry


military dot image GM Rushton    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

How do you get shore duty?


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

ARE YOU ACTIVE OR ASKING AS PROSPECTIVE RECRUIT? Assume that you’re not currently active military or you would ask your superior. So lets assume that you not active military, then I would strongly recommend talking with your designated branch recruiter. Each branch is obviously different. Good luck. LF


military dot image andrew glover    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am going to be a gunners mate after high schol and i was wondering what skills do u get from working with these types of wepons?


military dot image Joe    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

What are the chances of gunners mate being open? I really want this rating.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Joe. To get the latest recruiting info it would always be best to call a Navy recruiter! Requirements/school openings are ever changing. Also, a good resource on us navy jobs is usnavy.com. My best!


military dot image newMilSO    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Do GM’s die a lot? That’s an awful question but my fiancé just enlisted as one and I am a nervous wreck! What should I expect? I need answer.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have Navy experience. I believe that you’re pretty safe. My opinion only. Too be more accurate, you can always call a Navy recruiter. They’ll be happy to take your call!


military dot image GMG1 RYAN RET    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

TO ME THE ONLY RATE TO BE IS GM. I WAS ONE FROM 1972-JUNE OF 93 AND I WOULD NOT CHANGE MY RATE FOR ANY THING.MOST OF THE GUNS I WORKED ON ARE NO LONGER IN THE FLEET{3″50 & 5″38} ALSO WHILE I WAS IN THERE WERE GMG, GMM, AND GMT. I GOT TO WORK AS A RANGE MASTER I LITTLE CREEK VA, AND A ARMORER IN THE SEEBEES . I ENJOYED EVERY BIT OF AND EVEN AFTER 21 YEARS RET I STILL MISS IT. SO FOR THOSE OF YOU THINKING OF BEING GUNNERSMATES GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL


military dot image CLIFF    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

GM IS A RATING THAT WE TAHE GREAT PRIDE IN IT IS ONE OF THE IF NOT THE HARDEST WORKING RATES ON BOARD AND WE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN THAT WE WOULD TAKE A QUICK BREAK FOR CHOW, ON CG-49 WE WERE ALLOWED TO EAT IN OUR GREEN COVRALLS WE WOULD COME TO CHOW COVERED IN GREASE AND PD-40AND WE LOVED IT IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE GUNNERSMATE YOU CAN DAMN WELL BE SURE YOU WILL PROUD OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING THEY CALLED US FRESH-AIR SNIPES AND OR BOATSWAIN MATES WITH A HUNTING LICENSE DIVERSE RATE AS A GM YOU EARN THE RIGHT TO WALK WITH THAT SWAGGER.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Awesome Post! Thanks Cliff!


military dot image Shari    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My son-in-law has joined the Navy as a GM and says he will be going straight to his job as an apprentice instead of going to A school. Would he advance quicker if he had gone to A school?


military dot image KMcAvoy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im a senior in high school and im very interested in being a gunners mate. I have a friend who went through core man A school and he kind of inspired me to be in the navy. I did a little research in being a gunners mate, and with being a eagle scout will I advance any faster if I did an apprenticeship or go through a A school or C school?


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

There’s only one person that can answer that question for you. Call your Navy recruiter. Anyone else will be only sharing their opinion and recruiters know the latest requirements. Good luck.


military dot image Daniel J Lawler    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello all, I am looking for Gunners Mates that have extensive knowledge of US Navy 5″/38 DP guns. I’m only looking for the men that actually worked on them as in repairs. I would very much like to speak with you if possible regarding disassembly and trouble shooting. My problem is unique so I would need someone that knows exactly how to disassemble and troubleshoot. If any of you gentlem have this experience I would very much like to talk with you. Thank You, and Thank You for your service to this great Nation.
Dan J.Lawler


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Daniel, love your thinking. But in case no gunners mate responds here, consider reaching out to a Navy recruiter. They often know a variety of career types to talk/share with prospects. Good luck. Thanks.


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