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15P -- Aviation Operations Specialist

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Basic Job Description

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.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

  • 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

Training Information

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

ASVAB Score Required: 91 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: Secret

Strength Requirement: medium

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • History of alcohol or drug abuse is disqualifying
  • Experimental use of Marijuana after age 18 is disqualifying
  • Documented instance of the use, sale, transfer, possession, or manufacture of any narcotic or other controlled substance or dangerous drug is disqualifying
  • Must be a US Citizen

Similar Civilian Occupations

  • 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.

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