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Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer (ARWO)

Overview: WC-130Js normally carry a weather reconnaissance pilot, navigator/CSO, ARWO, weather specialist, and loadmaster. The aerial reconnaissance weather officer (ARWO) acts as flight director and also observes and records meteorological data at flight level using a computer that encodes weather data every 30 seconds.

Position:  Officer

AFSC: 15W3

Specific Tasks:

  • Analyze meteorological data and prepare forecasts 
  • Conduct meteorological, astrophysical, and geophysical studies 
  • Coordinate atmospheric and space research activities with military and civilian agencies


  • Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, Mathematics, Statistics or Physical Sciences
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
  • Eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance
  • Must speak English distinctly
  • Attain or exceed minimal physical entry standards for Special Operations Weather Apprentice and Combat Control Apprentice Course
  • Physical qualification for parachute duty
  • Possess a valid state driver's license to operate government motor vehicles


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the nine week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required
  • A minimum of 12 months of experience in an Operational Weather Squadron (OWS), or other unit under supervision of a weather officer

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