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Space System Operations

Overview: Space is one of the challenging high tech frontiers in which the Air Force Reserve plays a key role.  Space System Operations personnel perform vital tasks in the Space Program, from tracking satellites to detecting missiles and participating in rocket launches. They are also essential in operating the Global Positioning System (GPS), which is primarily utilized to provide navigation information to military forces around the world.

Position:  Enlisted

AFSC: 1C6X1

Specific Tasks:

  • Detect, identify and maintain surveillance on low orbiting and deep space satellite vehicles 
  • Detect and track sea-launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles 
  • Perform launch and on-orbit operations for military communications and Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites 
  • Assist in-flight hardware processing for DoD, NASA and commercial users

Requirements: 

  • Normal color vision 
  • ASVAB score of 70 on Electrical
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 40 pounds
  • Eligibility for Top Secret/Sensitive security clearance

Training: 

  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX followed by Technical Training 
  • Technical Training -Vandenberg AFB, CA, length of course varies 
  • College credits earned: Air and Space Operations Technology - credits vary

Related Civilian Occupation:

  • Radar and Sonar Technicians