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. It is a vital and responsible job that is necessary for the operation and effective success of the Navy. It is a rating that has a long and proud history in the Navy, and in several of the Navy’s sister services. The position of enlisted Navy Gunners mate is one that requires skill and manual dexterity. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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, supplying, requisitioning, securing, stowing, and providing different ordinance, weapons and ammunition to Navy personnel upon direction, and firing and maintaining weapons of all different types. A person who serves as a gunners mate must have normal hearing and depth perception and normal hearing, and the ability to qualify for a SECRET level military security clearance.
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. 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.