Special Tactics OfficerAFSC 13D4*, Staff
AFSC 13D3*, Qualified
AFSC 13D1*, Entry
CONTROL AND RECOVERY
(Changed 30 Apr 03)
1. Specialty Summary. Provides assault zone reconnaissance and assessments, terminal control, and personnel recovery
(PR). Manages day-to-day operations of PR activities to coordinate PR system and organize, train and equip assigned per-sonnel
to conduct rescue and recovery operations; manages space survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) programs;
and surveys, establishes, and controls the aerospace surface interface in objective areas. Deploys as team member, team
leader or mission commander as a direct combatant or to command and battle staffs to provide subject matter expertise to plan
for and manage command and control for special reconnaissance, terminal control and PR operations. Related DOD Occupa-tional
2. Duties and Responsibilities:
2.1. Plans missions and manages PR, SERE, and control of the aerospace interface in objective areas. Supports joint and
combined forces engaged in conventional and special operations air, ground, and maritime military operations. Advises on
readiness of forces based on force status reports, inspections, training exercise and evaluation results. Coordinates, plans, and
conducts PR missions, emergency trauma care, movement and medical evaluation of personnel.
2.2. Ensures PR activities are organized, and teams and units are trained and equipped to perform the full spectrum of Air
Force and joint PR. Inspects and evaluates PR activities, functions, and personnel.
2.3. Coordinates, plans and conducts reconnaissance, surveillance and terminal control. Conducts reconnaissance, surveil-lance,
survey or assessments of potential objective airfields and assault zones.
2.4. Provides air traffic control (ATC) services for expeditionary airfields and assault zones. Ensures safe, orderly, and ex-peditious
air traffic flow in and around the terminal area. Provides terminal attack control (TAC) for Air Force, joint and
coalition strike and bomber aircraft. Establishes command and control communications. Provides limited weather observa-tions.
Gathers and reports intelligence information. Removes obstacles or unexploded ordnance with demolitions, and pro-vides
and enables operational interface between aerospace assets and surface forces.
2.5. Ensures special tactics (ST) teams are organized, trained, and equipped to perform reconnaissance terminal control.
3. Specialty Qualifications:
3.1. Knowledge. The following knowledge is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
3.1.1. 13D3X. Maps and charts; command and control principles and procedures; combat search and rescue principles and
procedures; flight characteristics of aircraft; communications, signaling devices, and tactical communications procedures;
personal protection and sustenance; rough terrain movement and mountain or adverse terrain recoveries and technical rescue,
survival techniques; small unit tactics and field leadership; evasion. Employment methods to include fast rope, rope ladder,
hoist, and rappelling; overland movement; amphibious operations to include scuba infiltration; and parachuting operations to
include static-line and military free-fall parachuting procedures.
3.1.2. 13D3A. Rescue and recovery operations planning; global SERE and PR principles, procedures, and techniques in-cluding
rescue and emergency parachuting; evasion and assisted evasion; nuclear, chemical, and biological survival; resis-tance
to exploitation; prisoner of war communications; escape from captivity; physiology and psychology of survival; land
and water navigation and travel; assisted recovery mechanisms; post egress, recovery, and life support equipment; underwater
search and recovery and para-scuba.
3.1.3. 13D3B. ATC principles, procedures, and regulations; navigational aids and systems; International Civil Aviation Or-ganization
and Federal Aviation Administration regulations; air, ground, and naval weapon systems; meteorology; demolition
to clear obstructions and hazards; terminal attack control operations; Foreign Internal Defense operations; counterterrorism
operations; and special reconnaissance missions.
3.2. Education. For entry into this specialty, undergraduate academic specialization in a technical discipline with courses in
administration and management is desirable.
3.3. Training. Completion of the following training courses is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
3.3.1. 13D3X (courses common to both suffixes):
22.214.171.124. Combat Diver Qualification.
126.96.36.199. Airborne (Static Line Parachutist).
188.8.131.52. Military Free-fall Parachutist.
184.108.40.206. S-V80-A Combat Survival.
220.127.116.11. Underwater Egress.
3.3.2. 13D3A (Combat Rescue Officer):
18.104.22.168. Pararescue Indoctrination Course.
22.214.171.124. S-V90-A Water Survival.
126.96.36.199. S-V91A DoD High Risk Survival.
188.8.131.52. S-V93A DoD Hostage Survival.
184.108.40.206. Joint Combat Search & Rescue Coordination Course.
220.127.116.11. Emergency Medical Technician, Basic.
18.104.22.168. CRO/Pararescue Apprentice Course.
22.214.171.124. Personnel Recovery 101.
126.96.36.199. S-V94-A Advanced SERE.
3.3.3. 13D3B (Special Tactics Officer):
188.8.131.52. Combat Control School.
184.108.40.206. Air Traffic Control School.
220.127.116.11. Special Tactics Advance Skills Training Program (includes Combat Diver Qualifications, Military Free-fall Parachutist,
and Personnel Recovery 101).
3.4. Experience. The following experience, excluding the training identified in paragraph 3.3, is mandatory for award of the
3.4.1. 13D3A. A minimum of 12 months of experience in rescue or recovery mission assignments.
3.4.2. 13D3B. A minimum of 12 months of experience in special tactics assignments and certification as a combat controller.
3.5. Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:
3.5.1. For entry into AFSC 13D1X, physical qualification for marine diving and parachutist duty according to AFI 48-123,
Medical Examination and Standards.
3.5.2. For entry into 13D1A, physical qualification for aircrew duty according to AFI 48-123.
3.5.3. For entry into 13D1B, physical qualification for ATC duty according to AFI 48-123.
3.5.4. For award and retention of 13D3X, qualification as a parachutist and scuba diver.
3.5.5. For award and retention of 13D3A, maintain combat ready status as prescribed in AFI 16-1203, Pararescue Training and Evaluation Program.
3.5.6. For award and retention of 13D3B, maintain combat ready status as prescribed by AFI 13-219, Special Tactics Operator
Standards and Evaluation Program.
4. *Specialty Shredouts:
Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related
A - Combat Rescue
B - Special Tactics