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Weather Reconnaissance Loadmaster

Overview: WC-130Js normally carry a weather reconnaissance pilot, navigator/CSO, ARWO, weather specialist and loadmaster. The weather reconnaissance loadmaster collects and records vertical meteorological data using a parachute-borne sensor known as a dropsonde. It measures and encodes weather data down to the ocean surface.

Position:  Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Supervise loading and unloading of cargo, vehicles and people on the aircraft 
  • Preplan correct load placement and distribution to ensure the aircraft can fly safely 
  • Ensure that adequate restraints are in place to prevent the load from moving during flight 
  • Provide for passenger comfort and safety


  • Physical qualification for aircrew duty 
  • Normal depth perception 
  • ASVAB score of 57 on General 
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 70 pounds
  • Eligibility for a Secret security clearance


  • 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 - 34 days at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX 
  • College credit earned: Aviation Operations - 12 credits 

Related Civilian Careers: 

  • Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors