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Special Mission Aviator

Overview: Special missions often utilize smaller aircraft with minimal crew. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks: 

  • Performs pre-flight, thru-flight, post-flight, visual and operational checks/inspection of aircraft primary electrical, propulsion, hydraulic, pneumatic, environmental, emergency, navigational systems and flight control systems according to flight manual procedures 
  • Performs tasks including; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Close Air Support, Combat Search and Recovery, Dynamic Targeting/Time Sensitive Targeting, Air Interdiction, Strike Coordination and Reconnaissance and Air Operations in Maritime Surface Warfare utilizing Full Motion Video and various sensors, mission equipment, and precision guided munitions
  • Performs pre-flight visual inspections and operational checks of airborne weapons systems as well as alternate insertion/extraction, hoist, cargo sling and fire-fighting systems according to flight manual procedures


  • High school diploma or GED. Courses in in mechanics, mathematics, physics, computer principles, typing, speech and English are desired.
  • ASVAB score of 60 on General and 60 on Mechanical
  • Physical qualification for aircrew duty
  • Qualification for aviation service
  • Normal depth perception
  • Must maintain eligibility to deploy and mobilize worldwide
  • Height must be no less than 64 inches or more than 77 inches
  • Eligibility for Secret security clearance


  • 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 

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