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.