Air Force

1C4X1:Tactical Air Control Party

They find, fix, track, target, and engage enemy forces near friendly forces. They plan, coordinate, direct, and evaluate strike missions.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Combat


Military Duties:

TACPs primary role is to direct combat strike aircraft against enemy targets. In support of this mission, Air Force TACPs often serve on the front line in advance of other military units. TACPs are often confused with Combat Control Technicians (CCTs). They are not. Airman 1st Class James Blair describes the TACPs mission and the differences. “Some people think we are air traffic controllers, but that’s inaccurate. Our mission is terminal control. That means bombs on target and a very bad day for the enemy. TACP’s do not control aircraft like CCT’s do. TACP’s direct the bombs, artillery, and missiles on the enemy positions.” Air Force TACPs are in constant states of deployment, boots on the ground, or training.

Military Duties Translated:

Monitor existing systems to ensure structural integrity Oversee the development and installation of new hardware and software Install and configure operating systems and other software and routinely test installed software for glitch detection and other issues Provide technical direction to IT support staff Ensure constant availability of technical resources Design and implement security systems and redundant backups to maintain data safety Write custom scripts to reduce the need for human intervention

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Systems Engineer