Combat Control Careerfield Description
- CEM Code 1C200
- Superintendant AFSC 1C291
- Craftsman AFSC 1C271
- Journeyman AFSC 1C251
- Apprentice AFSC 1C231
- Helper AFSC 1C211
1. Specialty Summary. Directs and controls the delivery and battlefield application of lethal and non-lethal airpower. Uses
visual and electronic aids to control airhead in the area of responsibility (AOR). Establishes long-range command and control
communications and intelligence (C3I) nets. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 250.
2. Duties and Responsibilities:
2.1. Conducts reconnaissance and surveillance of potential assault zones and target areas. Plans, coordinates, and conducts
operations using advanced technologies to support reconnaissance and target identification. Records and submits Terminal
Instrument Procedures (TERPS) data and site surveys of assault zones (drop, landing, forward area refueling points (FARP)
and other areas critical to aviation. Evaluates and relays status of airfields and assault zones to inbound aircraft and higher
headquarters. Provides limited weather observations, including surface and altitude wind data, temperature, and cloud
heights. Reports current battlefield information.
2.2. Plans, organizes, supervises, and establishes air traffic control (ATC) in the target area. Initiates, coordinates, and issues
ATC clearances, holding instructions, and advisories to maintain aircraft separation and promote safe, orderly, and expedi-tious
flow of traffic under visual or non-radar flight rules. Operates and monitors portable and mobile communications
equipment and terminal and en route navigation aids required to control and support air traffic in forward areas. Prepares and
issues advisories to pilots, ATC and other agencies concerning weather, notice-to-airmen information, air traffic flow control
measures, and wake turbulence. Provides flight assistance and emergency service to air traffic. Records weather and ATC
data. Controls vehicular traffic on the airport movement.
2.3. Identifies, assesses, and marks assault zones with visual and electronic navigation aids for day and night air-land and
airdrop operations. Coordinates clearances, instructions, advisories, and air traffic movement with forward and rear area
commanders. Uses ground-to-air communications equipment and visual and electronic systems to control and expedite the
movement of en route, arriving, and departing air traffic. Directs actions to handle aircraft emergencies or mishaps. Coordi-nates
with medical personnel on casualty and patient staging points. Provides airlift operations support that cannot be pro-vided
by combat communications groups or other agencies. Operates Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment to navi-gate
for infiltration or exfilitration and locate assault zones. Coordinates airfield ground support (crash/fire/rescue, sweep).
Maintains qualification on primary assigned weapons.
2.4. Conducts fire support operations. Plans, coordinates, and conducts fire support operations to include close air support
(CAS) and supporting arms. Employs visual and electronic navigation and marking equipment to direct aviation assets to
target. Issues weapons release clearance.
2.5. Deploys into forward areas and forward operating locations by land (mounted, special purpose vehicle or dismounted),
sea (surface or subsurface naval vessel, small watercraft, SCUBA, or surface swim) or air (parachute, airmobile, air-land) to
participate in the full spectrum of military operations to include air expeditionary force (AEF), force projection, direct action
(DA), counterrorism (CT), counterproliferation (CP), foreign internal defense (FID), humanitarian assistance (HA), special
reconnaissance (SR), personnel recovery (PR), non-combatant evacuation operations (NEO), integrated survey program
(ISP), counter drug (CD) and fire support operations. Uses demolitions to remove obstacles affecting safe air traffic flow in
the target area.
3. Specialty Qualifications:
3.1. Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: ATC and combat control principles and procedures; aircraft flight characteristics;
encompassing tactical airlift and weapons delivery; air and surface firepower systems and effects; International Civil
Aviation Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, and military air regulations; map, aeronautical chart, and publication
use; characteristics and use of tactical and ATC communications systems and equipment, air navigation aids, night vision
equipment GPS, and other operational equipment; meteorology principles; deployment procedures; joint service operation;
infiltration techniques; movement and route selection; alternate insertion and extraction systems (AIES); parachute procedures
and equipment; jump master training and small unit tactics; amphibious and scuba operations; and small arms and destructive
3.2. Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school is desirable.
3.3.1. Completion of the following courses is mandatory for award of AFSC 1C231:
18.104.22.168. Combat Control Orientation Course.
22.214.171.124. Combat Control Operator (Air Traffic Control).
126.96.36.199. Combat Survival.
188.8.131.52. Underwater Egress (S-V84-A).
184.108.40.206. Airborne (Parachutist)
220.127.116.11. Combat Control School.
3.3.2. Completion of the following courses is mandatory for award of AFSC 1C251:
18.104.22.168. Military Freefall Parachutist (Parachutist).
22.214.171.124. Combat Diver Qualification Course.
3.4. Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
3.4.1. 1C251. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C231. Also, experience in reconnaissance, terminal control and
combat enabling tasks.
3.4.2. 1C271. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C251. Also, experience performing or supervising duties involving
reconnaissance, terminal control enabling tasks.
3.4.3. 1C291. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C271. Also, experience managing operations involving reconnais-sance,
terminal control, and combat control enabling tasks.
3.5. Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:
3.5.1. For entry into this specialty:
126.96.36.199. Successful completion of the Combat Control Team (CCT) physical ability and stamina test (PAST).
188.8.131.52. See attachment 39 for additional Other entry requirements.
3.5.2. For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 1C211/31/51/71, physical qualification for air traffic controller duty, marine
diving duty, and parachute duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.
3.5.3. For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 1C211/31/51/71/91/00 qualification to bear firearms according to AFIs 31-
207, Arming and Use of Force By Air Force Personnel, 36-2226, Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM) and
AFSOCI 36-2204, Special Tactics Operator Training.
3.5.4. For award and retention of AFSCs 1C231/51/71/91/00:
184.108.40.206. Physical qualification and maintenance of personal physical standards as defined in AFI 13-219, Special Tactics
Standards and Evaluation, and AFSOCI 36-2204 Special Tactics Training.
220.127.116.11. Eligibility for a Secret security clearance according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.
3.5.5. For award and retention of AFSCs 1C251/71/91/00:
18.104.22.168. Qualification as a static line and military freefall parachutist.
22.214.171.124. Qualification as a SCUBA diver.