Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

Mineman (MN)

ACEH, SUMATRA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 4: In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, Mineman 2nd Class John Richards of San Diego, California, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal, operates a PRC-5D Satellite Radio at Banda Aceh Airport January 4, 2005 in Sumatra, Indonesia.
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Minemen perform their duties at sea aboard minesweepers assisting in the detection and neutralization of underwater mines. Ashore, minemen are technicians who test, assemble and maintain underwater explosive devices (mines). They test various electronic components to ensure proper repair and make sure that the mine works properly. They are also responsible for safe storage, handling and loading of mines for transporting.

The duties performed by minemen include:

  • functioning in the minesweeping tactical nerve center (CIC) of their ships as part of the command and control team;
  • handling and operating deck-loaded mine neutralization equipment;
  • performing maintenance on and assembling mines;
  • performing electrical and electronic checks and tests of circuitry and components;
  • solving complex electronic problems when tests fail;
  • operating various types of mine handling equipment such as forklifts, cranes and heavy transport trucks;
  • operating various types of hand equipment such as sandblasters, grinders and pneumatic torque tools;
  • working with basic mechanic hand tools, electrical meters and electronic test equipment.

Working Environment

Work in the MN rating is usually performed in a small shop-type setting. Minemen work closely as a team, and individual jobs require both physical and mental talents at sea and ashore.

A-School (Job School) Information

Ingleside, TX --103 calendar days

ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + AR + MK + MC = 210 or VE + AR + MK + AS = 210

Security Clearance Requirement: Secret

Other Requirements

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

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: 42 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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