Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions


First Lt. Micha Stoddard, flying the lead aircraft, wingman, Capt. Casey Peasley

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Performs and manages tactical air control party (TACP) operations. Provides Air Force assistance and expertise in planning and controlling combat air resources. Operates and supervises communications nets to support Army ground maneuver units. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 250. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises and conducts mission planning and coordination of combat air resources. Recommends use of combat air resources to support mission requirements, tactics, air support assets, and ordnance capabilities and limitations. Extracts target information from maps. Plans and controls combat air support missions. Coordinates field artillery support.

Supervises and performs inter-service liaison activities to ensure effective integration of combat air resources on the battlefield. Provides Air Force expertise essential to joint combat operations. Assists with and coordinates air support requests. Plans, prepares, and conducts mission briefings. Assists with and develops fire support coordination plans.

Manages and operates global positioning systems, and voice and digital TACP combat communications weapons systems. Establishes and operates point-to-point communications nets. Processes and requests combat air resources to support Army ground maneuver units. Directs and employs field expedient antenna techniques.

Supervises and performs TACP field duties. Deploys to battlefield forward areas and supports Army maneuver units. Uses military maps to navigate to and operate within combat zones. Maintains proficiency with TACP weapons, field equipment, and signaling devices. Selects and supervises preparation of bivouac sites. Directs and applies camouflage and concealment techniques. Manages and conducts operator servicing of TACP vehicles, radios, and field and support equipment.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of Air Force theater air control system and Army air-ground system; tactical air support weapons systems; covert and overt signaling and marking; combat intelligence collecting and reporting; individual and crew-served weapons; site selection and defense; Army military symbology, weapons, and equipment; artillery call-for-fire and adjustment procedures; Army combat maneuver unit missions, organization, and tasking; characteristics of mobile and portable communications systems, global positioning systems, and associated equipment; field expedient antennas; vehicle and foot movement techniques; Army and Air Force supply and mobility procedures; Army command and unit staff functions and tasking; interservice and host-tenant support agreements and procedures; TACP vehicle and support equipment operations, management, and operator servicing procedures; tactical air request, coordination, and control procedures; universal transverse mercator map and compass navigation; and geographical reference coordinate system.

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

Training. For award of AFSC 1C431, completion of a basic tactical air command and control course is mandatory.

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

1C451. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C431. Also, experience in TACP operations.

1C471. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C451. Also, experience in supervising tactical air command and control operations, personnel, and equipment.

1C491. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C471. Also, experience in managing tactical air command and control activities.

Other. The following is mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, normal color vision and depth perception as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination, and Standards.

For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 1C411/31/51/71, qualification to operate government vehicles according to AFI 24-301, Vehicle Operations.

For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 1C411/31/51/71/91/00, ability to speak English distinctly.

For award and retention of AFSCs 1C431/51/71/91/00, eligibility for a Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.

Note: Orientation briefings are conducted in the 2nd week of Basic Training, during cycles established by the TACP Selection Team. These selection cycles are based on follow-on technical training class dates. Additionally, a physical fitness evaluation will be administered to qualified volunteers**. The standards for this evaluation are:

50 push-ups in 2 minutes

50 sit-ups in 2 minutes

2-mile run in 14:30 or less.

**Volunteers during basic training can be enlistees in Mechanical, General, Administrative, or Electronic aptitude areas. Additionally, members with most guaranteed jobs may also try out. However, there are also a number of guaranteed jobs that are not authorized to try out, depending upon whether or not those jobs are critically manned.

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: K

Physical Profile: 111121

Citizenship: Yes

Note: Job not open to women

Required Appitude Score: G-48 (Changed to G-49, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: E3ABP1C431 000

Location: Hu

Length (Days): 73

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Possible Assignment Locations

Tactical Air Control School

Tactical Air Command and Control-- A close call.

TACP Airmen in Afghanistan

Location: K

Length (Days): 29

Possible Assignment Information

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