Military Flight Operations Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Flight operations specialists help with administrative functions that are necessary to keep military aircraft up and running. They prepare flight schedules and authorizations, administer aircrew training and qualification testing, perform airfield inspections, and maintain flight logs and other records.  These specialists help ensure that both the aircraft personnel and equipment are prepared for mission accomplishment.

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Work Environment

Flight operations specialists work indoors in flight control centers or air terminals.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Flight Operations Specialists in the Military

2,385

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Salary

Average Salary

$49,758

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 38%
  • Associate's degree 20%
  • High school 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 12%
  • Some college 8%
  • Post baccalaureate 5%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

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. Job training for flight operations specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction. Training content relates to airfield operational support, and may include: Introduction to aviation operationsProcedures for scheduling aircraft and assigning air crewsFlight planning and airfield operationsCommunications and record keeping Production of flight and personnel dataAdministrative support functions

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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