1C5X1 Command and Control, Battle Management Operations

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 Command and Control Battle Management Operations specialist manages and operates Command and Control (C2) Battle Management Systems. Performs surveillance, combat identification, weapons control, tactical data link management, communications and computer system management. Counters electronic attack (EA) with electronic protection (EP) actions. Provides radar control and monitoring of air weapons during offensive and defensive air operations. Makes decisions in the conduct of battle management air operations and in system equipment management at the Tactical and Operational level of war. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 122100

Duties and Responsibilities

Identifies, maintains surveillance, and assists in controlling aerospace objects. Operates aerospace control and warning systems equipment, and simulation equipment. Interprets and reacts to radarscope presentation and to generated console displays. Compares and reports track positions based on flight data or database files. Assists in weapons control and performs surveillance, data link, identification, and data management functions in aerospace systems. Tears down, loads, unloads and erects equipment and components. Performs as a crew member of an operational unit in functions of air weapons control. Responsible for safety of flight for air operations being controlled.

Gathers, displays, records, and distributes operational information. Coordinates with and exchanges air movement and identification information among air defense and air control, range control, and air traffic control agencies on matters pertaining to aircraft operations. Operates data link equipment and other automated data exchange devices to gather and relay operation information. Reports emergency signals, and ECM observations. Maintains logs, forms, and database files. Evaluates radar detection and performance. Maintains liaison with air defense artillery, and surface and naval fire units to ensure the safe passage of friendly air traffic.

Performs ECCM functions. Maintains maximum radar sensitivity using ECCM techniques to eliminate degradation caused by electronic warfare (EW) activities or other influences. Monitors operation of radar inputs and counter-measure consoles, anti-jamming displays, and radar sensors to enhance radar presentations. Recommends procedures and techniques to improve the effectiveness of ECM and ECCM activities.

Performs training, planning, standardization and evaluation, and other staff duty functions. Performs staff assistance visits to subordinate units. Test and evaluates capabilities of new equipment and propriety of new procedures.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of characteristics and limitations of aerospace surveillance and reporting systems; aircraft and weather detection and tracking; communication equipment capabilities and limitations; radar console and data link equipment presentations; receiving, recording and relaying system information; radar and radio capabilities and limitations; fixed and mobile command and control system characteristic; aircraft control procedures and techniques; aircraft performance characteristics and armament; and meteorology concerning air weapons control operations.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or general educational development (GED) equivalency is mandatory. Also, completion of high school level courses in algebra and geometry is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

1C531. Completion of a basis aerospace control and warning systems course.

1C551D. Completion of undergraduate air weapons controller training.

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

1C551. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C531. Also, experience performing operational functions or aerospace control and warning systems activities; operations of data display and computer input equipment or radar indicator equipment; interpretation of computer generated displays and printouts or radar console presentations of environmental systems operational procedures and techniques.

1C571. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C551. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as aerospace surveillance and control systems, or ECM and ECCM activities.

1C571D. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C551D. Also, experience performing or supervising radar control and monitoring of air weapons.

The Following Are Mandatory as Indicated

  • For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination, and Standards.
  • For award and retention of AFSCs 1C531/51/71, 1C551D/71D, 1C591/00, eligibility for a Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.
  • For entry into AFSC 1C551D, an individual must possess AFSC 1C551.
  • For entry, award, and retention of AFSC 1C551D/71D, physical qualification for Weapons Controller duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination, and Standards.

Specialty Shredouts

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related
D Weapons Director
NOTE: Shredout D is applicable to the 5- and 7- skill level only.

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile: 222111

Citizenship: Yes

Required Appitude Score: G-53 (Changed to G-55, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: E3ABR1C531 005

Location: K

Length (Days): 40

Course #: Q-JSS-1C531

Location: Tyn

Length (Days): 15

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