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Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)

Overview: United States military operations employ extensive coordination between the various branches to ensure optimal use of resources. Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) personnel offer a prime example. These Air Force Reserve members are assigned to Army or Marine units and tasked with directing air and artillery strikes from forward ground locations.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Deploy to battlefield forward areas and support other branch units 
  • Provide Air Force expertise essential to joint combat operations 
  • Coordinate air and field artillery fire support 
  • Manage and operate GPS, voice and digital combat communications systems


  • HS diploma or GED.
  • Compliance with medical standards for the Special Warfare Airman physical as defined in the Special Warfare column of the Medical Standards DirectorySuccessful completion of TACP physical ability and stamina test (PAST)
  • ASVAB score of 49 on General
  • Possess a valid state driver's license to operate government motor vehicles
  • Must maintain eligibility to deploy and mobilize worldwide
  • Qualification to bear firearms according to AFIs 31-117 and 36-2226
  • Physical qualification and maintenance of human performance standards as defined by Career Field Manager
  • Eligibility for a 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 

Related Civilian Occupation:

  • Command and Control Center Specialists