Air Traffic Control Operator

MOS Details
Major Duties: 

Supervises and provides ATC services, to include flight following using visual flight rules (VFR), instrument flight rules (IFR), and special visual flight rules (SVFR), at ATC facilities.

Skill Level 1 Operates fixed and tactical ATC towers, radars, and flight following facilities. Assists in the installation and relocation of tactical ATC facilities. Operates tactical navigation aids (NAVAIDs). Applies air traffic control rules, procedures, and regulations. Processes flight plan data. Formulates and issues ATC clearances, advisories, and control information. Maintains logs, records, files, and tape recordings of voice communications. Interprets and relays notice to airmen (NOTAM) information. Reads and interprets DOD Flight Information Publications (FLIPS) and aeronautical charts. Analyzes air traffic to identify and resolve potential conflicts. Controls airborne and ground traffic on and in the vicinity of the airport. Updates Automated Terminal Information Systems (ATIS) and performs radar scope alignment. Coordinates terminal/enroute control. Provides non-radar approach control, ground-controlled approach, enroute flight flowing, and tower services.

Skill Level 2 Conducts ATC facility and OJT training. Briefs shift personnel on runway utilization, airfield conditions, and weather/ground activities. Prepares and updates flight following maps. Supervises the operation of flight following facilities. Supervises a shift in a tactical ATC Tower, radar, or flight following facility.

Skill Level 3 Serves as Facility Chief at low density towers, radar, or flight following facilities. Administers ATC facility. Formulates and coordinates letters of agreement, operations letters, and facility memorandums. Prepares duty rosters and assigns duties to personnel. Ensures facility flight check requirements are met for navigational aids, radar, and radio communications equipment. Plans and organizes ATC activities for tower, radar, and flight following activities and verifies facility compliance with Army and FAA standards. Evaluates ATC operations and work performance. Reviews and prepares reports. Assists in the preparation of Standard Instrument Approach/Enroute/Departure Procedures (TERPS). Coordinates ATC activities with other facilities.

Skill Level 4 Serves as facility chief. Plans, organizes, and supervises ATC facilities. Establishes and supervises the facility training and rating program. Advises in the preparation of TERPS. Ensures proper utilization, and coordination of maintenance support. Prepares and interprets orders and reports. As ATC Platoon Sergeant, coordinates the logistical, personnel, and administrative support for all platoon elements.

Physical Demands Rating: 
very heavy
Physical Profile Serial #: 
Qualifications and Prerequisites
ASVAB Minimum Score: 
100 total from GS+WK+PC+MK+MC
Other Qualifications: 
  • Normal color vision
  • Must meet Army Class 4 medical fitness standards for flying as prescribed in AR 40-501.
  • Must be able to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere with 2-way radio communication.
  • Formal training (completion of a resident MOS 15Q course conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army Aviation School) mandatory or meet the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP) criteria listed in AR 601-210. Waiver for formal training or ACASP criteria must be submitted to Cdr, USAAVNC, ATTN: ATZQ-AP, Ft Rucker, AL 36362 for approval.
  • A Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) certificate of grades reflecting successful completion of written examination in accordance with AR 95-2.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse as defined below will disqualify any soldier or potential enlistee from this MOS. This disqualification will not be waived, even though the soldier/potential enlistee satisfactorily completes the Army Alcohol or Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Program or a civilian equivalent, except as specified below:
    1. A medically diagnosed history of alcohol abuse as defined in the substance use disorder section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual III, 3rd Edition, 1980 (DSM III) is disqualifying. Cdr, PERSCOM may waive this disqualification after a soldier/potential enlistee in this MOS successfully completes the Army Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program (ADAPCP) Track I, II or III, or its civilian equivalent, based on the recommendations of the chain of command and the Cdr, USA Aeromedical Center. A soldier/potential enlistee who completes any aspect of the ADAPCP program and is involved in an additional offense involving alcohol or alcohol abuse will be immediately reclassified or denied enlistment in this MOS as a high risk.
    2. Except as provided in (5) below, a wrongful or improper use of narcotic or other controlled substance or dangerous drug as defined by 21 USC 801, et seq, is disqualifying.
    3. A positive result of urine test administered per AR 600-85 that leads to medical evaluation and a finding of “no diagnosis apparent, improper use” is disqualifying.
    4. Except as provided in (5) below, a documented instance of the use, sale, transfer, possession, or manufacture of any narcotic or other controlled substance or dangerous drug as defined by 21 USC 801, et seq, is disqualifying. A documented instance includes conviction by any courts martial or any civilian court. Convictions include juvenile adjudication, non judicial punishment under Article 15, UCMJ, or voluntary confession after proper rights warning according to Article 31(b), UCMJ.
    5. A soldier or potential enlistee will not be disqualified for teenage civilian experimentation with marijuana or other cannabinoids disclosed involuntary confessions of drug experimentation documented solely by information obtained from DD Form 1966, SF 88, or SF 93. (Experimentation is defined as one time use or casual use over a short period of time resulting from peer pressure.) The use disclosed must have occurred prior to the individual’s 18th birthday, and prior to enlistment in any armed force.
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