AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) OPERATOR (15Q)

The air traffic control operator is responsible for tracking planes and giving them landing and takeoff instructions at air traffic control facilities.

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Army aviation plays a key role in all types of military operations.   

Ensuring mission success, while maintaining safe flight operations, takes a team of specialized Soldiers. Coordinating aircraft movement for takeoff and landing, as well as tracking aircraft in flight, in both tactical and non-tactical environments, is the responsibility of the Air Traffic Control Operator.   

Following procedures, rules and regulations, Soldiers working in this critical MOS are responsible for the operations of airborne flight traffic, and airport ground traffic, they also assist in the installation and relocation of mobile tactical air traffic control facilities, process flight plan data and maintain logs, records, files and tape recordings of voice communications, and ensure the safety of pilots and passengers.    

This career field requires individuals who have an interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail, the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, decisiveness while working within strict standards, have good voice communication skills, and an ability to work as a member of a team.    

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training, you will attend 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama. There you will learn radio operations and communication protocols, the use and operation of radar and aircraft management systems, takeoff, landing and ground control procedures, and aircraft recognition.  

After completion of all training requirements you will be eligible for worldwide assignments. As an Air Traffic Control Operator, you may have an opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training.  You may also have the opportunity to earn your civilian Aircraft Dispatcher license, or Control Tower Operator's certificate through the FAA.    

The skills and knowledge you acquire may help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force, where you may find employment at airports, traffic control centers, or a career with the U.S. Department of Defense.  An essential member of the Army aviation team, the Air Traffic Control Operator. Above the Best!