AFSC 12XX - Navigator Field

United States Air Force Commissioned Officer Job Descriptions

Airmen at work in a MC-130H Combat Talon II.
Electronic warfare officer and navigator at work in a MC-130H Combat Talon II of the 7th SOS, 352nd SOG. Gert Kromhout/Stocktrek Images / Getty Images

The Navigator Utilization Field encompasses all functions performed by rated navigator officers to conduct or directly support flying operations, including combat, combat support, and training missions. Inherently included are supervisory and staff functions such as inspection, contingency planning, and policy formulation.

Specific instruction on use of certain AFSCs:

Identify navigators by the 12XX specialties appropriate to the type of missions and weapon system involved.

Use the following prefixes to identify additional rated qualifications and experience, and unit manpower document positions that require these capabilities:

B - Squadron Operations/Maintenance Officer.

C - Commander.

F - Aircraft Systems Flight Evaluation.

G - Automated Systems Program Designer.

H - Military Consultant to the Surgeon General.

K - Instructor for weapon system designated by AFSC.

L - Life Support.

M - Medical Service Specialist (Physiological Training Instructor).

N - Navigator Required.

Q - Standardization or Flight Examiner for Weapon system designated by AFSC.

S - Safety.

T - Formal Training Instructor.

V - Automated Functional Applications Analyst.

W - Weapons and Tactics Instructor.

Y - Analytical Studies Officer.

    Identify navigators serving as instructors in undergraduate navigator training and formal training units (FTU) with a T prefix. Do not award the T prefix to instructor navigators in operational units.

    Prefix K identifies these instructors and authorizations.

    In each major weapon system (MWS) specialty, use suffix T to identify navigators serving as Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (SUNT) instructors. Only use suffix S to identify electronic warfare officers (EWO) serving as SUNT instructors.

    Navigators assigned to duty as Aerospace Physiology Instructors, after completion of formal training, may be identified by prefix M. The office of the Chief, Flight Medicine, Air Force Medical Operations Agency validates positions and awards AFSCs.

    Identify requirements for staff officers above wing level with a staff AFSC (12X4). Award individuals possessing a qualified AFSC (12X3) a staff AFSC (12X4) upon assignment to a position so identified.

    Qualification level 3 designates a navigator qualified in the assigned specialty or shredout. Level 2 may be used to designate qualification at an intermediate level, if appropriate, for a specific shredout in AFSC 12BX. Level 1 identifies rated navigators at the entry level for their specialty.

    Current aeronautical rating and qualification for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutists Service are mandatory for award and retention of navigator AFSCs. See AFI 36-2101, Classifying Military Personnel (Officer and Airmen) for policy on retention or withdrawal of rated AFSCs for personnel disqualified from aviation service or placed in an inactive status. The following is a complete listing of AFSC for the Navigator Utilization Field.

    12AX - AIRLIFT NAVIGATOR

    12BX - BOMBER NAVIGATOR

    12EX - EXPERIMENTAL TEST NAVIGATOR

    12FX - FIGHTER NAVIGATOR

    12GX - GENERALIST NAVIGATOR

    12KX - TRAINER NAVIGATOR

    12RX - RECONNAISSANCE/SURVEILLANCE/ELECTRONIC WARFARE NAVIGATOR

    12SX - SPECIAL OPERATIONS NAVIGATOR

    12TX - TANKER NAVIGATOR