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Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

Missile Technician (MT)


Missile Technicians (MTs) receive extensive training in the operation and maintenance of advanced electronic equipment and computers and electro-mechanical support systems used in submarine strategic weapons systems. Responsible for the assembly, maintenance and repair of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles carried on submarines and their associated advanced electronics and electro-mechanical navigation and targeting systems,

Typical duties include:

  • maintain ballistic missiles and their launching systems;
  • maintain related launching systems including high-pressure air and hydraulic systems;
  • operate and maintain digital computers;
  • maintain operating efficiency of electrical distribution panels, switches, switchboards, controllers, voltage regulators, current transformers, rectifiers and voltage transformers within the fleet ballistic missile weapons systems;
  • test and repair ballistic guidance systems; operate, maintain and adjust optical measuring equipment;
  • testing, align and adjust missiles and components repair missiles and components;
  • test, align, adjust, calibrate and repair support handling equipment;
  • stow missiles and components;
  • maintain logs; prepare reports;
  • provide security in missile launch spaces aboard submarines;
  • maintain and operate ballistic missile fire control systems and equipment for Trident submarines;
  • maintain control of weapon classified material;
  • make sensitive adjustment to magnetic disk file memory units;
  • monitor and ensure security of weapons system components and material.

Working Environment

Men in the MT rating usually work indoors, although they may sometimes work outdoors while doing such tasks as loading missiles. They work in a submarine environment, are closely supervised and do both mental and physical work. MTs serve on submarines and shore stations in the United States, primarily in Bangor, WA and Kings Bay, GA. They are assigned to ballistic missile submarines or missile assembly plants.

A-School (Job School) Information

  • Groton, CT -- 4 weeks (Basic Enlisted Submarine School)
  • Groton, CT --85 calendar days (Sub MT A School)

Note: Following MM A School, students go on to either the Auxilery Pipline, or follow-on Weapons courses.

ASVAB Score Requirement: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222

Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Other Requirements

  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • Most have normal color perception
  • Must have normal hearing.
  • Must volunteer for submarine duty
  • Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic.
  • Moral turpitude offenses are generally disqualifying.
  • No history of drug abuse.
  • This job (like all submarine jobs) is closed to women

Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for MT

Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 48 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

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