Air traffic controllers direct the movement of aircraft into and out of military airfields. They operate communications equipment and track aircraft using navigational aids. They coordinate and communicate aircraft movement information, as well as weather and airfield conditions. They also provide critical information to direct the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations.Explore this career outside the military
Air traffic controllers work in land-based and shipboard control centers.
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Air Traffic Controllers in the Military
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All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Air traffic controllers will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training content varies by specialty (e.g., those stationed on aircraft carriers), and may include: Air traffic control fundamentalsVisual and instrument flight proceduresTake-off, landing, and ground control proceduresAircraft recognitionCommunication and radar proceduresRead More
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