If you enjoy aviation, but don’t have the desire to fly a plane or helicopter yourself, you should really consider the Army 15Q: Air Traffic Controller MOS. This is a great MOS that offers plenty of career opportunities both inside and outside of the Army.
What I’d like to do in the rest of this post is cover the duties and responsibilities, pre-requisites, AIT, job skills and other important information about this MOS, to give you a general overview and see if it is a good fit for you.
Duties and Responsibilities
Here is a brief list of the duties and responsibilities of the Air Traffic Controller.
- Control aircraft in support of Army aviation
- Operate tactical and non-tactical aircraft control facilities
- Relocate tactical facilities as needed
- Operate navigational aids
- Process and evaluate flight plans
- Provide air traffic information
- Update automated terminal systems
- Process computer generated traffic control data
- Maintain logs, records and voicetapes
- Identify/resource potential air traffic conflicts
Here are the prerequisites that I found online for this MOS. Please contact your local Army Recruiter, in case these things have changed.
- Soldier must hold a SECRET Security Clearance
- Complete Class 4 Physical
- Score a 101 in aptitude area ST on the ASVAB test
AIT for 15Q Air Traffic Controller
The AIT is at Fort Rucker, Alabama and is 14-weeks long. During AIT you will learn things such as:
- Airspace management
- IFR Control
- Tactical Terminal Control System (TTCS)
- Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS)
- Tracking flights
- Maintaining logs
- Controlling airborne and ground traffic
Skills to Succeed in this Job
Here are a few skills that will help you succeed as an Air Traffic Controller.
- Attention to detail
- Ability to handle high stress
There are plenty of opportunities in the 15Q MOS, both inside and outside of the Army. If you plan on staying enlisted, you can work your way up to E-9. You’ll have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions, as an instructor, as a recruiter, drill sergeant, or countless other things. There is also an opportunity to become a Warrant Officer (150A). If you decide to leave the Army at any point, you shouldn’t have a very hard time finding a job with another government agency, or at any airport.
The bottom line is that the Army 15Q, Air Traffic Controller MOS is a great career choice for the right person. It’s tough, challenging, rewarding and in demand. If you are looking for something you can make a career out of, this MOS might be exactly what you are looking for.
On a side note, I would love to hear from you. If you spent time as a 15Q Air Traffic Controller, I would to hear what your experience was like. If you could talk about your AIT, your daily duties, and what you learned from the experience, that would be great. Any tips for people considering this MOS would also be appreciated. Just leave a comment below to share your thoughts.