1A3X1 - Airborne Mission Systems

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Performs aircrew duties on numerous airborne platforms. Operates, maintains, repairs, and tests airborne communications, sensor, computer, and electronic systems. Performs preflight, in-flight, and postflight duties. Supervises and instructs personnel in operation, maintenance, repair, and test procedures. Establishes, supervises, and directs aircrew training.

Duties and Responsibilities

Inspects and Operates airborne communications, sensors, computers, and electronic systems. Plans, organizes and coordinates mission activities and materials. Determine aircraft status and coordinates link establishment information. Performs preflight, in-flight, and postflight inspections. Performs initial power-on and testing of airborne communications, sensors, computers, and electronic systems. Establishes and maintains voice and data communications circuits/links. Repairs and maintains airborne communications, sensors, computers, and electronic systems. Operates aircraft emergency systems and equipment.

Performs and supervises airborne equipment operations and maintenance. Initializes, operates, monitors, tests, troubleshoots, isolates malfunctions, and repairs radio, audio distribution, switching, data, cryptologic, anti-jam, satellite communications, radar, identification friend or foe, recording and playback, multiplex, electronic warfare (EW), intercept, analysis, recording, broadcasting, imaging, computer, and network equipment (including ancillary equipment). Monitors displays and indicators for equipment status using technical orders and manuals, test equipment, software diagnostics, voltage checks, resistance measurements, waveform observations, or other tests. Installs, operates and monitors special support systems. Performs aircraft exterior scanner duties. Monitors aircraft engine, propeller, hydraulic, pneumatic and flight controls systems during engine start. Adheres to communication security (COMSEC) procedures.

Establishes, supervises, and directs aircrew training. Develops and directs instruction in equipment operation and troubleshooting. Ensures standardized procedures are used to teach inflight equipment operation, maintenance, and repair. Determines need for specific instruction, and establishes training programs on airborne systems.

Evaluates airborne systems operation and maintenance activities. Evaluates compliance with technical manuals, regulations, and work standards. Serves on or directs airborne systems inspection teams to evaluate in-flight maintenance and operational programs. Interprets inspection reports and prescribes corrective actions.

Manages operation and maintenance functions. Maintains operational inspection and maintenance records and documents. Reviews unusual and difficult problems in operation and in-flight maintenance of equipment. Recommends methods, techniques, and procedures to enhance maintenance and operational capabilities, and improve mission system options. Advises on mission systems operation and maintenance, and coordinates on research and development projects.

Specialty Qualifications


Knowledge in the following areas is mandatory: worldwide communications, electronics and radio theory, EW theory and techniques, optical and video cameras, radar, radio frequency, dual mode transmitting systems, and principles of logic and digital techniques, computers, intercept, and analysis equipment, concepts of maintenance directives, interpreting technical orders, computer programming media or instructions, schematics, wiring, and logic diagrams, direction finding, multiplex, data and voice procedures.


For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in physics, mathematics, and computers is desirable.


For award of AFSC 1A331, completion of the airborne communications systems operator course is mandatory.


The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes ).

1A351. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A331. Also, experience in operating and maintaining aircraft communications test and computer systems.

1A371. in and possession of AFSC 1A351. Also, experience and qualification in advance operations and maintenance of aircraft communications, test, and computer systems.

1A391. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A371. Also, experience managing advanced operations and maintenance of aircraft communications, test, and computer systems.


The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty: For entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs:

Qualification for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation, And Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges.

Physical qualification for aircrew duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, Class III Medical Standards.

For award and retention of AFSCs 1A331/51/71/91/00, eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management. (Note: Actual Security Clearance depends on what type of aircraft assigned to).

NOTE: Award of the 3-skill level without a final Top Secret (TS) clearance is authorized provided an interim TS has been granted according to AFI 31-501.

Note: This job requires a Sensitive Job Code (SJC) of "F."

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile111121 (Vision uncorrected 20/400-20/400; correctable to 20/20-20/20)

Citizenship: Yes

Required Appitude Score: E-67

Technical Training

Enlisted Aircrew Undergraduate Course, Lackland AFB, TX, 14 class-days (includes altitude chamber training)

Combat Survival Training Course, Fairchild AFB, WA, 14 class-days

Water Survival-Parachuting Course (if assigned to C-130 aircraft), Pensacola NAS, FL, 5 class-days

Water Survival-Non-Parachuting (if assigned to any other aircraft other than C-130), Fairchild AFB, WA, 3 class-days

Airborne Mission Systems Specialty Course, Keesler AFB, MS, 56 class-days

Weapon Systems Qualification Training (various locations and lengths, depending on aircraft-type assigned to)

First Duty Station Assignment Bases

  • Davis-Monthan AFB AZ
  • Eglin AFB FL
  • Elmendorf AFB AK
  • Kadena AB Japan
  • Offutt AFB NE
  • RAF Mildenhall United Kingdom
  • Robins AFB GA
  • Tinker AFB OK

Possible Assignment Locations (after first duty station)

Information derived from CFETP 1A3XX