15Q - Air Traffic Control Operator

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Reginald Joseph fills out forms and checklists Aug. 1, 2011, inside the control tower at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Joseph is an air traffic controller assigned to the 52nd Operations Support Squadron.
U.S Air Force / Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis

Basic Job Description

The air traffic control operator is responsible for tracking planes and giving them landing and takeoff instructions at air traffic control facilities.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

  • Control airborne and ground traffic
  • Assist in the installation/relocation of tactical air traffic control facilities
  • Process flight plan data and maintain logs, records, files and tape recordings of voice communications

    Training Information

    Job training for an air traffic control operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat conditions.

    Some of the skills you'll learn are:

    • Air traffic control management and operational procedures
    • Communications and radar procedures
    • Aircraft recognition
    • Takeoff, landing and ground control procedures

    ASVAB Score Required: 101 in aptitude area ST.

    Security Clearance: None

    Strength Requirement: very heavy.

    Physical Profile Requirement: 222211

    Other Requirements

    • Normal color vision required
    • History of alcohol or drug abuse is disqualifying
    • Experimental use of Marijuana after age 18 is disqualifying
    • Documented instance of the use, sale, transfer, possession, or manufacture of any narcotic or other controlled substance or dangerous drug is disqualifying
    • Must have the ability to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere with 2-way radio communication.
    • Must be able to meet Army Class 2A medical fitness standards for flying as prescribed in AR 40-501.

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    • The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career at airports, traffic control centers and for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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