The duties performed by Minemen include operating sonar systems for detection and classification of contacts, and function in the minesweeping tactical nerve center (CIC) of their ships as part of the command and control team. They handle and operate deck-loaded mine neutralization equipment; as well as, perform maintenance on and assemble mines, and perform electrical and electronic checks and tests of circuitry and components.
Minemen are experts in all aspects of tactical and operational Mine Warfare, including mining and mine countermeasures operations. They perform tactical and operational mine warfare planning, coordination, and execution. They plan tactical employment of airborne and underwater mine countermeasure systems, and perform, manage, and supervise organizational and intermediate maintenance on service mine systems, exercise and training mine systems, and underwater targets.
MNs operate surface mine countermeasures systems, mine warfare tactical decision aids, and environmental sensor systems. They coordinate and supervise minesweeper operations and deck seamanship evolutions such as navigation, fueling, replenishment at sea, search and rescue, towing, anchoring, mooring, and small boat navigation. Minemen perform and manage organizational and intermediate maintenance of small arms, magazine sprinkler systems, and small boats, and they train, qualify, direct, and supervise personnel in the handling and stowing of ordnance, and the operation and maintenance of small arms and crew-served weapons.
MNs must be U.S. citizens eligible for security clearances. Normal color perception is required.