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MOS 15Q - Air Traffic Controller Email This Story Print This Story

15Q Air Traffic Controller ST: 100
  Enlisted/Officer/Active Duty/Army Reserve  

(The Army recently change this MOS from 93C to 15Q) In order to function the Army moves people and vehicles. One of the ways the Army does this is by air. It is theresponsibility of the Air Traffic Control Operator to track planes and give landing and take-off instructions at air traffic control facilities. The air traffic control operator supervises and provides air traffic control services, which include flight following using visual flight rules, instrument flight rules and special visual flight rules, at air traffic control facilities.


  • A minimum score of 100 in aptitude area ST

  • .A physical demands rating of very heavy (be able to lift on an occasional basic over 100 pounds with frequent or constant lifting in excess of 50 pounds)

  • Normal color vision

  • Be able to meet Army Class 2A medical fitness standards for flying as prescribed in AR 40-501

  • Alcohol and drug abuse as defined below will disqualify any soldier or potential enlistee from this MOS

  • The ability to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere with 2-way radio communication

  • Formal training (completion of a resident MOS 15Q course conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army Aviation School) mandatory or meeting the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP) criteria listed in AR 601-210. Waiver for formal training or ACASP criteria must be submitted to Cdr, USAAVNC, ATTN: ATZQ-AP, Ft Rucker, AL 36362 for approval

  • A Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) certificate of grades reflecting successful completion of written examination in accord ance with AR 95-2


  • Follow flights using visual, instrument and special flight rules

  • Assist in the installation and relocation of tactical air traffic control facilities

  • Process flight plan data

  • Maintain logs, records, files and tape recordings of voice communications

  • Control airborne and ground traffic


  • Nine weeks of basic training

  • 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Rucker, Alabama (Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions)

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Your training as an Air Traffic Control Operator will give you the skills you need to work in air traffic control towers and centers at airports and airfields.

Information source: Army Pamphlet 611-21


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