Aviation ordnancemen

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Aviation ordnanceman is a military rating present in the U.S. Navy. People who serve as aviation ordnancemen have to perform duties such as handling and servicing weapons and ammunition carried on aircraft, inspecting, maintaining and repairing the aircraft’s mechanical and electrical ordnance system, as well as stowing, assembling and loading aviation ammunition which includes aerial mines, torpedoes, bombs, missiles and rockets. While asbestos exposure was moderate in aviation ordnancemen, they are not exempt from the risk of developing a serious disease over time.

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The main duty aviation ordnancemen had to perform during the last century was receiving, inspecting, packaging, storing, handling and processing airborne weapons, air-launched torpedoes, aerial mines, pyrotechnics and ammunition for shipment. They were also in charge of maintaining, testing, assembling, loading, downloading and arming airborne weapons, aircraft gun systems, targets, sonobuoys and pyrotechnics for aircraft carriage. Wearing a red shirt was the tell-tale sign that a person was serving under the rating of aviation ordnanceman. Their occupation entailed numerous risks since they were responsible for dealing with a wide range of weapons.

There are 3 categories of aviation ordnancemen: organizational, intermediate and depot. They are all aircraft weapons specialists, responsible for duties such as servicing bomb, missile, and rocket releasing and launching devices, servicing aircraft guns, assembling and testing missiles and supervising the operation of aviation ordnance shops, armories, and storage facilities.

Relevant job titles

  • aerospace technician core
  • aircraft structure assembler
  • maintenance worker
  • logistician
  • bookkeeping and accounting clerk
  • inspector, tester, sampler, and weigher


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

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If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.