I love the Army Ordnance Corps and am very proud that I got to serve as an Ordnance Officer. Initially, I was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer, but I decided to attend the Ordnance Officer Captain’s Career Course instead (and loved it). What I want to do in this post is just share a few things I love about the Army Ordnance Corps. Please keep in mind this is just my opinion. Let’s get started.
In case you don’t know much about the Ordnance Corps, here is the mission statement. “The U.S. Army Ordnance Corps mission is to support the development, production, acquisition, and sustainment of weapon systems, ammunition, missiles, electronics, and ground mobility material during peace and war to provide combat power to the U.S. Army” (Source: Wikipedia). To make it simple, the Ordnance Corps makes sure the Army has ammunition, maintenance, and bomb disposal.
Quite perhaps the most important thing in the Ordnance Corps is MAINTENANCE. Without good maintenance, the Army STOPS! The combat arms guys might talk a big game, but I can promise you that they wouldn’t be able to fight the battles if their vehicles and equipment didn’t work! Good maintenance is vitally important, especially as the Army downsizes and the equipment gets older.
Another thing I love about the Ordnance Corps is AMMUNITION. Soldiers in certain MOS’s take care of every aspect of ammunition from procurement to storage to issuing it to the war-fighter. Fighting battles without ammunition is next to impossible.
We definitely can’t forget the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Soldiers, either. These are the men and women who disarm bombs and help keep our Soldiers safe overseas. Many of these Soldiers leave the Army and join Bomb Squads with local, state and federal organizations. This is a tough, yet high demand specialty in the Army.
The final thing I love about the Ordnance Corps is the job skills you get. These skills can really prepare you for the civilian world and make you very marketable in the marketplace. Compared to many other MOS’s, Ordnance Soldiers are in high demand inside and outside the Army, and in the contractor world.
The bottom line is that serving in the Army Ordnance Corps is a wise move. I am very proud of my service with the Ordnance Corps and I’m sure you are too!
What are your thoughts? What do you love about the Army Ordnance Corps? Leave a comment below and let us know.