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Personnel Development Office


Soldier welding in the field.Serves as the central point of contact and coordinator for the Chief of Ordnance to effect OD matters of proponency IAW AR 600-3, Army Personnel Development System. Acts as liaison and referral between active and reserve OD personnel and organizations, functional staff and academic departments within the ODS. The Chief of the Proponency Office is the principal advisor to the Chief of Ordnance on all matters relating to Branch personnel proponency, to include DA Civilians (Maintenance). Serves as the Executive Agent for the CSA Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME). Manages, reviews and awards request of waivers for MOS training prerequisite requirements.

Ordnance Soldier fixing a vehicle


If the Army shoots it, drives it, loads it, communicates with it, or it explodes, then the Ordnance branch arms it, recovers it, repairs it, welds it, and renders it safe. The Ordnance branch consists of 107,000 Soldiers with 34 enlisted MOSs, 9 WO specialties and 2 officer AOCs. Ordnance Soldiers serve in every unit in the Army.


Proponent information.

The Office of the Chief of Ordnance serves as the proponent for the Personnel Development System for Ordnance officers, warrant officers, Soldiers, and related civilian occupational series, and their associated life-cycle management functions. The contact office is the Ordnance Personnel Development Office, The Ordnance School, Fort Lee, VA, 804–765–7384/7385.

Ordnance Soldiers looking for Weapon Cashe


The Ordnance branch core competencies are maintenance, ammunition management, and explosives ordnance disposal (EOD). The Ordnance branch is responsible for providing expertise in materiel maintenance of combat firepower systems, ground mobility materiel, mobile electric power generation equipment, mobile environmental conditioning equipment, armament and electronics, air defense systems, EOD, and munitions management. The Ordnance branch also provides functional area expertise to support combat developments, materiel systems development, force development, and training development.


History and background.

Ordnance branch officers are logisticians performing the sustainment warfighting functions of maintenance and Civil War Artillery Piece firedmunitions management, and EOD. The Ordnance branch has armed and maintained the Army since 1812. The Ordnance Regimental spirit lives on with our motto: Service to the Line, on the Line, on Time. “Sustainment determines the depth and endurance of Army Operation and is essential to retaining and exploiting the initiative.” Ordnance officers serve at all levels of the Army sustaining the life-cycle of the Army’s materiel from cradle to grave and protecting the Army’s forces through EOD operations.



This page last updated: March 26, 2014