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Air Traffic Control

Overview: Air Force Reserve Air Traffic Controllers are certified not only by military authorities but also by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The experience gained in managing airspace surrounding military airfields renders this position an excellent stepping-stone to future civilian opportunities.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Control and regulate in route and terminal air traffic 
  • Supervise and manage air traffic control facilities 
  • Initiate and issue air traffic control clearances, instructions and advisories to ensure safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic under instrument and visual flight rules


  • For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in English is desirable
  • Maintain Ground Based Aircraft Controller Medical Standards according to AFI 48-123
  • Ability to speak English clearly and distinctly as demonstrated by Reading Aloud Test (RAT)
  • For performance of ATC duties, possession of a Federal Aviation Administration ATC Specialist Certificate
  • ASVAB score of 55 on General
  • Must earn a minimum score of 55 on the 3-factor model that includes ASVAB, cognitive, personality (TAPAS) and Air Traffic Scenarios Test
  • Must maintain certifications according to AFI 13-204v3


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Occupation:

  • Air Traffic Controller