Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions

2W2X1 - NUCLEAR WEAPONS

General Roger Brady, USAFE Commander, is shown B61 nuclear weapon disarming procedures on a “dummy” (inert training version) in an underground Weapons Security and Storage System (WS3) vault at Volkel Air Base, The Netherlands, on June 11, 2008.
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Specialty Summary

Performs and manages maintenance, inspection, storage, handling, modification, accountability and repair of nuclear weapons, weapon components, associated equipment, and general or specialized test and handling equipment. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 140.

Duties and Responsibilities

Inspects, assembles, disassembles, maintains, and modifies nuclear weapons, bombs, missiles, reentry vehicles and systems, launchers, pylons, bomb racks, penetration aids, and associated test and handling equipment.

Maintains and operates permissive action link associated equipment. Trouble
shoots and maintains test sets. Resolves maintenance problems, interprets publications, performs inspections and submits deficiency reports on faulty components. Writes reviews and recommends improvements to technical data and equipment.

Stores, handles, and transports nuclear warheads, bombs, missiles, reentry vehicles and systems, penetration aids, and associated equipment. Inspects, maintains, and operates vehicles and munitions material handling equipment used to transport and handle nuclear weapons and components. Uploads and downloads trailers used to transport nuclear weapons.

Complies with nuclear, missile, explosive, and general safety measures; weapons systems safety rules; and technical orders. Observes two-person concept and no lone zone requirements. Performs emergency disablement or evacuation of nuclear weapons and components.

Inspects, maintains, and develops rotation schedules for high security locks and keys. Assists in performing operational checks on alarm systems. Stores, inspects, maintains, and uses small arms and ammunition for weapon storage area support. Performs escort duties. Performs limited conventional munitions functions associated with North Atlantic Treaty Organization custodial detachments.



Plans, organizes, directs, inspects, and evaluates nuclear weapon activities, and performs nuclear weapon functions. Plans, schedules, inspects, and evaluates nuclear weapon maintenance actions, including related components and specialized test and handling equipment. Performs weapons inventory, accountability, and verification procedures using special weapons inventory management system. Establishes production control, performance standards, and maintenance priorities. Coordinates maintenance actions with other maintenance and munitions organizations. Ensures conformance to prescribed standards of quality, safety, and security. Conducts periodic inspections to provide assistance in solving maintenance and supply problems. Performs production and visual inspections.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: electrical and mechanical principles; safety and security requirements for nuclear weapons; interpreting block diagrams and technical orders; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or General Educational Development equivalency is mandatory. Courses in mechanics, physics, or basic electricity are desirable.



Training. For award of AFSC 2W231, completion of a basic nuclear weapons course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

2W251. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2W231. Also, experience performing functions such as inspecting, maintaining, storing, handling, and repairing nuclear weapons, weapon components, and using related test and handling equipment.

2W271. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2W251. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as inspecting, maintaining, handling, and repairing nuclear weapons, weapon components, and related test and handling equipment.

2W291. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2W271. Also, experience managing nuclear weapons and associated resources.



Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.

For entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs:

No record of emotional instability.

Normal depth perception as defined in AFI 48-123.

For award and retention of AFSCs 2W231/51/71/91/00, eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.

NOTE: Award of the 3-skill level without a completed Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) is authorized provided an interim SSBI has been granted according to AFI 31-501.

Note: This job requires a Sensitive Job Code(SJC) of "F."

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile: 333231

Citizenship: Yes

Required Appitude Score : M-55 (Changed to M-60, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: J3ABR2W231 002

Length (Days): 56

Location: S

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