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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


  • Successful completion of TACP physical ability and stamina test (PAST)
  • Minimum score of 30 on TACP selection model completed in TAPAS
  • Normal color vision and depth perception
  • Compliance with medical standards for initial flying class III physical, including parachute training and subsequent duty
  • Physical qualification and maintenance of personal physical standards as defined in AFR 13-113
  • ASVAB score of 49 on General
  • Eligibility to deploy and mobilize worldwide
  • Qualification to bear firearms according to AFIs 31-117 and 36-2226
  • Possess a valid state driver's license to operate government motor vehicles


  • 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 

Related Civilian Occupation:

  • Command and Control Center Specialists