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The Aviation Operations Specialist performs duties which are crucial to safe and successful mission accomplishment within the Army’s Aviation Branch.    

Soldiers in this MOS work in Base and Flight Operations — the hub of activity in an aviation unit, whether it’s operating on a fixed base or deployed during combat.      

Responsible for receiving, processing, and dispatching vital information to aviation unit, aircrew, and aircraft operations, Aviation Operations Specialists are Subject Matter Experts and must perform quickly and accurately, executing operation functions that directly and indirectly affect the success of both training and real-world missions.     

Duties include providing pre-flight planning assistance to air crews for flight safety, such as METAR weather reports, Hazards Maps, and air coordination or tasking orders; as well as checking flight plans and manifests for completeness and accuracy.    

During a mission, Aviation Operation Specialists track all aspects of a flight such as Estimated and Actual Times of Departure and Arrival, and Estimated Time En-Route.    

They communicate directly to the aircrew with weather and mission updates, and other critical safety information; and monitor the aircrew frequency during flight in case of emergencies, unexpected delays, or precautionary landings.      

This career field is best suited for those interested in technology and information management.    Candidates for this M-O-S must be detail oriented and strive for accuracy, and must be able to think linearly and communicate clearly.     

After successful completion of Basic Combat Training, you will attend 8 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama.    

There you will learn Army aviation operations and record keeping, including administrative tasks that require detail, scrutiny, and the ability to research and cite regulations or other guidance.   

This course will challenge your technical knowledge, using advanced computer-based systems to track and display vital flight planning, tracking, and monitoring information.    

After completion of all training requirements, you will be eligible for assignments supporting aviation units around the world.     

As an Aviation Operations Specialist, you may have the opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training.    

The skills and experience gained in this MOS can make you an invaluable asset to civilian companies or corporations in your transition from the military to the civilian workforce.      

 An essential member of the Army aviation team: the Aviation Operations Specialist. Above the Best!  

Aviation Operations Specialist (15P)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level

Overview

The aviation operations specialist is primarily responsible for scheduling and dispatching tactical aircraft missions. They help operate one of the largest fleets of aircraft in the world and keep them running safe and efficient.

Job Duties

  • Process local and cross-country flight clearances
  • Check accuracy of flight plans and coordinate them
  • Maintain flight logs on incoming/outgoing flights and individual flight records
  • Alert crash crews of emergencies
  • Interpret and post weather reports

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for an aviation operations specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat conditions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Introduction to Army aviation operations and record keeping
  • Procedures for scheduling aircrafts and assigning crew
  • Flight planning and airfield operations

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in working with computers
  • Ability to use typewriters and office machines
  • Interest in math, aircrafts and air traffic
  • Keeping accurate records

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST): 91

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in aviation. Flight operations specialists often work for commercial and private airlines, air transport companies and airports.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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