Air weapons specialists specialize in one kind of weapon, and it can cost thousands of dollars to train an individual. Most weapons have electronic components to locate targets, then aim and fire the weapon. Specialized knowledge is required to operate technical equipment, resolve complex problems, and provide and interpret information. These are the people who put the "bomb" into "bomber."
Air weapons specialists store, service, inspect, and handle all types of aerial weapons and ammunition and their launchers. Ammunition includes rockets, missiles, and torpedoes, and can vary from small arms ammunition to nuclear weapons. An air weapons specialist might also deal with systems unrelated to weapons such as aircraft fire extinguishing systems and ejection seats. In the United States Navy, air weapons specialists can volunteer as naval aircrew. With further training, air weapons specialists can qualify as a demolition operator to safely dispose of unexploded ordinance, and it is possible for them to specialize even further to handle improvised explosive devices. In carrying out their duties, they also come across classified materials which makes their work very sensitive.
If an air weapons specialist works with nuclear weapons, they will need steady nerves and the utmost mental discipline, as they will be working not only with delicate materials, but a major element of a nation's defence that simply cannot be allowed to fail. Air weapons specialists receive advanced training and their weapons take the form of gravity bombs, cruise missiles, and multiple warhead ICBMs.
Air weapons specialists must often interact with other specialists, officers, aircrew members, and civilian staff. A strong team-based culture results from the nature of their work. Air weapons specialists are one of the few specialties of the U.S. Navy to have their own association, the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen.