Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions


Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operators are responsible for the following: Flies as primary aircrew onboard a wide variety of aircraft to operate, evaluate and manage airborne ISR information and related ground processing systems. Performs identification, acquisition, recording, analysis and reporting of assigned ISR tasks. Provides ISR threat warning support and interfaces with other units.

Performs and assists with mission planning. Maintains assigned publications and currency items. Participates in theater and tactical-level ISR coordination networks. Processes, analyzes and disseminates ISR information obtained from onboard sensors during missions in progress.

Job Training

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge is mandatory of: aircraft emergency equipment and procedures; ISR operations and related Cryptologic support to national agencies, service Cryptologic elements and theater elements; joint service relationships and operations concepts; radio propagation and modulation theory; radio communications networks, operations, and techniques; collection and processing procedures; signals and traffic analysis techniques; tasking strategies; reporting concepts, formatsand procedures; mission planning and management; basic computer and electronic equipment operations; and methods for handling, distributing and safeguarding information

Initial Skills Training (Tech School):

  • Completion ofthe Aircrew Fundamentals Course (L3AQR1A812 01AA)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operator Fundamentals Course (X3AQR1A832 00AA)
  • Apprentice Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operator Course (X3ABR1A832  0A1A) 


    Required ASVAB Composite Score: G-72

    Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

    Height must not be less than 64 inches or more than 77 inches as defined in AFI 48-123

    Physical qualification for aircrew duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examinations and Standards, Class III medical standards

    Other Qualifications:

    • Must maintain eligibility to deploy and mobilize worldwide.
    • No record or history of temporomandibular joint pain or disorder
    • Qualification for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Aviation Badges

    • Must maintain an Air Force Network License according to AFI 33-115, Vol 2, Licensing Network Users and Certifying Network Professionals.

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