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Special Operations Combat Systems Officer

Overview: Special Operations Combat Systems Officers embody the Joint Force aspect of US military operations in which all branches coordinate to maximize the utilization of resources and personnel. These Air Force Reserve officers are assigned to Army or Marine Corps units and perform as navigators, fire control officers (FCO) or electronic warfare officers (EWO).

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Perform duties of navigator, fire control officer (FCO) or electronic warfare officer (EWO) to accomplish special operations, training and other missions 
  • Ensure operational readiness of crew by conducing mission specific training


  • Bachelor's degree; an undergraduate degree specializing in physical sciences, mathematics, administration or management is desirable  
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve 
  • Current aeronautical rating and qualification for aviation service as CSO
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the eight-week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required 
  • Completion of Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (SUNT) or Undergraduate CSO Training 

For more information on how to attend Undergraduate Flying Training, please download the Undergraduate Flying Training Guidebook