2W1X1 – AIRCRAFT ARMAMENT SYSTEMS AFSC

Updated: April 2021

What does a 2W1X1 do?

Loads and unloads nuclear and nonnuclear munitions, explosives, and propellant devices on aircraft. Manages, controls, maintains, and installs aircraft bomb, rocket, and missile release, launch, suspension, and monitor systems; guns and gun mounts; and related munitions handling, loading, and test equipment.

Where and How Long is the Tech School For a 2W1X1?

Tech School

45-86 Days - Sheppard AFB

CCAF

Aircraft Armament Systems Technology

What Does the 2W1X1 Duty Badge Look Like?

Maintenance & Munitions Badge

What are the Demographics for the 2W1X1 Career Field?

Male

5443

89.5%

Female

640

10.5%

Total: 6083


What are the Requirements to Become a 2W1X1?

ASVAB

Mechanical: 60

OR

Electrical: 45

Strength

70 lbs

  • No record of emotional instability.
  • Normal depth perception.
  • Normal color vision.
  • Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment.

What are the Duties and Responsibilities For a 2W1X1?

Loads, unloads, and positions munitions on aircraft. Loads, positions, performs safing operations, and unloads munitions. Uses handling, loading, and checkout procedures and equipment.

Tests suspension, launch, and release systems for retentive locking, and manual or electrical release. Analyzes malfunctions. Performs functional checks of launch and suspension systems. Prepares munitions and inspects post loading weapons.

Operates handling and loading equipment, and mates munitions with aircraft release, launch, and suspension systems. Loads and services aircraft gun systems. Tests electrical and electronic circuitry for continuity, voltage, and proper operation.

Tests for unwanted electrical signal or power before connecting electrically actuated explosives and propellants. Installs ground safety devices on munition and gun system components to prevent inadvertent detonation, launching, or firing.

Inserts and removes impulse cartridges associated with fuel tanks and pylons. Adjusts and installs fuses, boosters, and delay elements in conventional munitions.

Inspects, repairs, and maintains aircraft release, launch, suspension, and monitor systems; aircraft guns; and related equipment. Operates, inspects, and performs operator maintenance on related munitions handling, loading, and test equipment.

Examines for visual defects and proper installation of systems components such as munitions ejector racks, loading and suspension devices, shackles, rocket pods, pylons, aircraft ammunition, boosters, and feed chutes. Boresights and performs after-firing inspection of aircraft guns.

Examines aircraft guns for defects. Analyzes malfunctions of munitions launch, release, suspension, and monitor systems, and associated handling and loading equipment. Disassembles, repairs, or replaces mechanical, electrical, electronic, and pneudraulic mechanisms of launch and release systems, and aircraft gun systems.

Removes, disassembles, and inspects parts and subassemblies for damage, rust, corrosion, or acceptable clearances and tolerances. Makes adjustments and applies lubricants and preservatives. Performs serviceability tests on aircraft guns, gun systems, and munitions associated suspension equipment.

Performs armament systems maintenance functions. Modifies munitions launch, release, suspension, and monitor systems to improve efficiency. Determines probable effect of modifications on future maintenance and operational problems.

Plans, organizes, and directs aircraft armament systems maintenance activities. Establishes and evaluates performance and training standards, maintenance controls, and procedures.

Checks methods and techniques used to load and unload munitions on aircraft, to repair and maintain aircraft release and gun systems, and to maintain, repair, and modify associated equipment.

Ensures compliance with policies, directives, and safety procedures. Analyzes productivity and work quality. Evaluates operational efficiency of aircraft guns and munitions systems, and recommends modification.


What Are the Specialty Qualifications for a 2W1X1?

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: electricity; principles of physics, mechanics, electronics, and ballistics applying to munitions launch, release, suspension, fusing, and arming systems, and aircraft gun systems; use of precision measuring tools and equipment; interpreting schematics and wiring diagrams; concepts and application of maintenance directives; nuclear and nonnuclear munitions loading and safety procedures; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or General Education Development equivalency is mandatory. Also, completion of courses in mechanics or basic electronics is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • AFSC 2W131X. Completion of a suffix specific basic aircraft armament systems course.
  • AFSC 2W191. Completion of the Advanced Aircraft Armament Systems course J3AZR2W191 0A1A, PDS Code 08E (effective 31 March 2013).

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 2W151. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2W131C/E/F/J/K/L/N/Q or Z. Also, experience loading and unloading munitions, or maintaining, repairing, and modifying munitions launch, release, suspension, or aircraft gun systems.
  • 2W171. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2W151. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as loading and unloading munitions, or maintaining, repairing, and modifying munitions launch, release, suspension, or aircraft gun systems.
  • 2W191. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2W171. Also, experience managing and controlling functions such as loading and unloading munitions, or maintaining, repairing, and modifying munitions launch, release, suspension, or aircraft gun systems.

What Are the Different Specialties (Shredouts) for 2W1X1?

C             A-10

E              F-15

F              F-16

J              F-35

K             B-52/B-2

L              B-1

N             F-22

Q             RPA (MQ-1/MQ-9)

Z              Other

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What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131C?

  • Davis-Monthan, Arizona
  • Moody, Georgia
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Osan AB, South Korea
  • Whiteman, Missouri

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131E?

  • Eglin, Florida
  • Kadena, Japan
  • Lakenheath, United Kingdom
  • Mountain Home, Idaho
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Ramstein, Germany
  • Seymour Johnson, North Carolina

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131F?

  • Aviano, Italy
  • Buckley, Colorado
  • Dane Co Regional, Wisconsin
  • Edwards, California
  • Eglin, Florida
  • Eielson, Alaska
  • Fort Worth NAS Jr, Texas
  • Holloman, New Mexico
  • Homestead, Florida
  • Kunsan, South Korea
  • Luke, Arizona
  • McEntire, South Carolina
  • Misawa, Japan
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Osan AB, South Korea
  • Shaw, South Carolina
  • Spangdahlem AB, Germany

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131J?

  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Eglin, Florida
  • Eielson, Alaska
  • Hill, Utah
  • Lakenheath, United Kingdom
  • Luke, Arizona
  • Nellis, Nevada

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131K?

  • Andersen, Guam
  • Barksdale, Louisiana
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • Whiteman, Missouri

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131L?

  • Dyess, Texas
  • Ellsworth, South Dakota

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131N?

  • Edwards, California
  • JB Elmendorf-Rich, Alaska
  • JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  • JB Prl Hbr-Hickam, Hawaii
  • Nellis, Nevada

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131Q?

  • Cannon, New Mexico
  • Creech, Nevada
  • Holloman, New Mexico

What Are the Possible Assignments for 2W131Z?

  • Aviano, Italy
  • Cannon, New Mexico
  • Davis-Monthan, Arizona
  • Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • Kadena, Japan
  • Kirtland, New Mexico
  • Mildenhall, United Kingdom
  • Moody, Georgia
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Yokota, Japan

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