Navy Mineman (MN)

Navy Enlisted Rating Job Description

Navy diver in scuba suit working with mine
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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.

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

The Mine Warfare Training Center (MWTC) is located at Naval Base Point Loma, Surface & Mine Warfighting Development Center Complex, San Diego, California. The Mine Warfare Training Center is home to the Mineman (MN) "A," "C," and "F" schools.
MWTC functions as the premier instructional War Fighting Center of Excellence for Mine Warfare. Previously located in Ingleside, Texas, MWTC was relocated to San Diego, California in 2005. 

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

Security Clearance Requirement: Secret

Other Requirements

Promotion opportunities 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).

Mineman take positions working on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Detachment, being employed on an MCM-1 class mine countermeasures ship, or being part of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) platoons working alongside Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams to find and destroy sea mines. The jobs are very diverse for a small rating community.

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

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.

Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC)

The Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center are the Navy's lead organization for Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD), directly supporting the Fleet by providing advanced tactical training, doctrine development, readiness assessments, and support to plans, exercises and operations to enhance warfighting effectiveness. The Mineman will be involved in this training as a student or later in their career as an instructor. 

Mineman Duties

A Mineman will learn many skills as well as continued education throughout his career as training, technology, and strategies constantly evolve. The typical duties the Mineman performs are the following:

  • Perform organizational and intermediate level maintenance on underwater mines and associated equipment, guns, gun mounts, handling equipment, small arms, surface sonar and mine countermeasures equipment.
  • Assemble, test, stow, and transport underwater mines.
  • Perform safety criteria testing on material handling equipment.
  • Participate in fleet mining and exercise training programs.
  • Train, direct, and supervise personnel in ship's maintenance duties in all activities relating to marlinspike, deck, boat seamanship, painting, maintenance, upkeep of ship's external structure, rigging, deck equipment, and boats.
  • Perform seamanship tasks; test and inspect gun ammunition.
  • Inspect and repair magazine sprinkler systems.
  • Supervise personnel in handling and stowage of gun ammunition.
  • Direct crews in operation of guns, gun mounts, ammunition hoists, and handling rooms.
  • Function as Plotters and Radiotelephone talkers.
  • Maintain Combat Information Center (CIC) displays of strategic and tactical information.
  • Operate surveillance radar, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Systems, and associated equipment
  • Interpret radar presentations, evaluate tactical situations, and make recommendations to superiors during watch conditions.
  • Apply current doctrine and procedures to CIC operations as necessary for radar navigation.
  • Provide technical information and assistance related to Mine Warfare and search and rescue operations.
  • Provide technical information and advice on capabilities, limitations, reliability, and operational readiness.
  • Advise staffs and commands on matters of operations and personnel.
  • Operate (manipulate, control, evaluate, and interpret data) surface sonar and other oceanographic systems
  • 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.
  • 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.

Minemen are multi-talented professionals and used in all areas of the world as mines are being found and still being used by many countries today.