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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


  • Maintain Ground Based Aircraft Controller Medical Standards
  • Ability to speak English clearly and distinctly as demonstrated by Reading Aloud Test (RAT)
  • Possession of Federal Aviation Administration Specialist Certificate (prior to assuming ATC duties) 
  • 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


  • 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