Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator (15Q) Military Occupational Specialties (MOS)


The air traffic control operator is responsible for tracking planes and giving them landing and takeoff instructions at air traffic control facilities.

Job Duties

  • Control airborne and ground traffic
  • Assist in the installation/relocation of tactical air traffic control facilities
  • Process flight plan data and maintain logs, records, files and tape recordings of voice communications


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for an air traffic control operator requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field under simulated combat conditions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Air traffic control management and operational procedures
  • Communications and radar procedures
  • Aircraft recognition
  • Takeoff, landing and ground control procedures

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Decisiveness and working within strict standards
  • Ability to work as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST) : 101