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Air Liaison Officer

Overview:  Military missions frequently involve participation of multiple service branches and often units from allied nations. ALOs are the primary Air Force Reserve advisors to US Army, joint, multinational and special operations ground force commanders for the integration of air, space, and cyber power. They synchronize and integrate combat airspace; artillery and naval gunfire; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks: 

  • Develops joint fires support plans, and participates in target product development, weaponeering, and collateral damage estimation
  • Provides assessment of munitions effectiveness, battle damage, and provides reattack recommendations
  • Controls close air support in direct ground combat
  • Synchronizes and integrates ISR, artillery, and naval gunfire
  • Advises and educates ground commanders on all aspects of air, space, and cyber power and integration of air, space, and cyber assets


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
  • Successful completion of the TACP physical ability and stamina test (PAST)
  • Successful completion of the ALO Aptitude Assessment (AAA) or possess an aeronautical rating of Pilot (11FXX or 11BXX only) or Navigator/Combat Systems Officer (CSO) (12FXX/12BXX only) or Air Battle Manager (13BXX)
  • Compliance with medical standards for Ground Based Controller (GBC) Duty IAW AFI 48-123, Medical Examinations and Standards, for 13LX ALO. GBC physical standards are the minimum required, rated ALOs qualified for aviation service with a completed flying class III physical meet all requirements for GBC.


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the nine-week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required