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Air Force Officer Job Descriptions & Qualifications
43AX - AEROSPACE PHYSIOLOGIST
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AFSC 43A4, Staff
AFSC 43A3, Qualified
AFSC 43A1, Entry

Specialty Summary. Manages aerospace physiological training and hyperbaric therapy units. Instructs personnel in aerospace physiology and aviation human factors. Plans, conducts, and directs aerospace physiology research. Manages specialized physiology support divisions for high altitude projects. Manages life support equipment functions when required; and supervises aerospace physiology programs at Air Staff or major command staff level. Related DoD Occupational Group: 6H.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manages all functions of USAF aerospace physiological training units or flights. Plans and directs all activities of personnel and programs required to train aircrews and others in the physiological hazards and human factor problems of flying operations.

Organizes and prepares instructional materials. Studies objectives and requirements for physiological training. Prepares assignments, demonstrations, group activities, training aids, references, and related material required to supplement course outline.

Instructs personnel such as trainee flight surgeons, flight nurses, observers, and aircrew in aerospace physiology, human factors and related subjects. Instructs trainees in such subjects as physics of atmosphere, physiology of respiration, accelerative forces, physiology of blood and circulation, effects of temperature, physiological effects of altitude, self imposed stresses, aviation human factors, circadian rhythm, night vision, noise and vibration, bailout from high altitudes, and jungle, water, and arctic survival. Demonstrates physiological aids used in flying such as oxygen equipment, antigravity suits, ejection seats, survival equipment, pressure suits, and protective helmets. Briefs students on safety precautions associated with flying and life support equipment. Indoctrinates aircrews on chemical defense equipment and procedures.

Coordinates aerospace physiological training programs. Confers with operations officers, flying safety officers, and staff officers on changes in texts, training project outlines, general class progress, disciplinary problems, examination procedures and tests, school records, and related subjects. Develops new training aids. Advises education and training staff officers on such matters as course curricula revision and preparing training manuals. Advises local commanders, operations officers, flying safety officers, and flight surgeons on aerospace physiology and human factor problems. Helps organize and present flying safety programs and meetings. Arranges special evaluation and diagnostic chamber hyperbaric "flights."

Supervises operation of aerospace physiology training devices. Ensures safe operation of such devices as hyperbaric chambers, pressure suit group chambers, disorientation trainers, and ejection seat trainers. Supervises minor repairs of chambers, ejection seat trainers, disorientation trainers, and night vision trainers. Interviews trainees before chamber flights to prevent unwarranted chamber reactions because of trainee’s physical condition. Supervises and performs necessary measures in managing chamber reaction cases.

Manages operation of hyperbaric chambers. Responsible for operation and maintenance of hyperbaric chambers and associated equipment. Ensures proficiency of hyperbaric chamber teams. Participates in training and treatment "dives." Assists in the transport and treatment of patients requiring hyperbaric treatment.

Plans, coordinates, directs, and performs aerospace biotechnology research and development. Develops requirements for specific research and development projects. Forms policies and procedures governing establishment and performance of research and development projects, including requirements for funds, facilities, material, equipment, and personnel. Resolves technical problems involved in conducting research, reviewing and interpreting scientific data, formulating new concepts, and recommending new approaches. Directs preparation of technical reports on research projects.

Manages specialized units supporting high altitude and performance flying activities. Plans and develops physiological, survival and life support equipment (including pressure suits) and training programs required to provide for the safety of aircrews assigned to these projects. Supervises aircrew preflight and post flight preparation and conditioning of aircrews, including donning and removing specialized equipment, and removing aircrews from the aircraft. Plans, directs, and conducts physiological research and equipment development in support of these activities. Monitors industrial contracts for development of life support systems.

Coordinates and manages physiological activities at air staff and command level. May function on staff of the Surgeon General, HQ USAF, or major command surgeon as manager for aerospace physiological activities.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of aerospace physiology and closely related subjects.

Education. For entry into this specialty, undergraduate academic specialization in physiology, zoology, or other related science acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF, is mandatory.

Training. For award of AFSC 43A3, completion of an Air Force aerospace physiology course is mandatory.

Experience. For award of AFSC 43A3, a minimum of 24 months of experience is mandatory in aerospace physiology assignments.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, ability to speak distinctly.

For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 43A1/A3, physical qualification for flying class III according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.

Specialty Shredouts:

None

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Above Information Derived from AFMAN 36-2105

 

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