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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

AFSC: 1C1X1

Specific Tasks:

  • Control and regulate en 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

Requirements:

  • Maintain Ground Based Aircraft Controller Medical Standards
  • Ability to speak English clearly and distinctly  
  • Possession of Federal Aviation Administration Specialist Certificate (prior to assuming ATC duties) 
  • ASVAB score of 55 on Mechanical and 72 on General
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 40 pounds
  • Eligibility for Secret security clearance

Training:

  • 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 
  • Technical Training - 72 days at Keesler AFB, MS 
  • College credits earned: Airway Science - 28 credits

Related Civilian Occupation:

  • Air Traffic Controller