Air Force Combat Arms Jobs

The Unites States Air Force protects the country's airspace and those of its allies. Sometimes this calls for the use of force and combat. This article discusses five jobs that could fall under combat arms in the Air Force.

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Air Force jobs in combat arms are those that primarily focus on creating and executing military tactics in a combat situation. Personnel working under these job titles plan and execute the use of weapons in battle. Read on to learn more about these job titles.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Salary (2017)* Traits/Skills
Air Battle Manager $94,585 (Air Traffic Control Manager) High-level planning and execution of combat operations, leadership and supervision of mission-specific training
Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer $88,540 (Artillery and Missile Officer) Knowledge of nuclear and missile equipment
Combat Control Officer $101,993 (Airborne Combat Navigator) High-level skills, courage, intelligence, physical fitness
Combat Systems Officer $108,516 Sharp focus, leadership and efficiency
Combat Rescue Officer $94,655 (Emergency Management Officer) Strategy and organization skills for rescue and recovery operations, decisiveness, intelligence

Source: *Department of Defense

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Career Description

Each job within the Air Force is very specific and includes unique responsiblities. Read on for more details about the five jobs from above:

Air Battle Manager

In a combat situation, every action taken has significant impact and determines whether the team is at an advantage or disadvantage. The responsibility of making decisions on the next step to take is made by the air battle manager, who plans, prepares and executes combat operations of the Air Force. The best decisions are arrived at after a critical analysis of the United State's defense strategies against those of the enemy country. In case more training and preparation for the troops is needed before a battle, the air battle manager will also organize for that. The work of an air battle manager also calls for experience and knowledge of aircraft and weaponry, surveillance strategies, intelligence and careful strategizing.

Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer

Because the Untited States has an arsenal of missile and nuclear resources, they need someone to manage this weaponry. It is the duty of a nuclear and missile operations officer to run and manage operations dealing with these military arms. In a combat situation, the missile officers also instruct commanders on the ground regarding defensive and offensive positioning. In case there are technological developments, the nuclear and missile officers assess these changes and how they will affect the effectiveness of the nuclear and missile weaponry. They ensure that the United States or its ally has the advantage position in any battle situation.

Combat Control Officer

Combat roles are some of the most difficult and dangerous roles in the military and they require intelligence, decisiveness, courage and physical fitness to fight and to survive. Combat control officers work in some of the most hostile and remote areas and need superior training and skills to avoid becoming vulnerable to the enemy. Depending on the location, they have to learn special skills like scuba diving and parachuting. Those that fly aircraft need FAA certification, which will allow them to work as air traffic controllers when undertaking missions across the globe. During combat, combat control specialists relay important battle information to superiors and operate GPS equipment to provide proper direction to guide to those fighting on the ground.

Combat Systems Officer

A combat systems officer is the guide for any combat mission in the Air Force. The officer gives direction regarding the use of weapon systems, navigation, and fighting in battle. The officer works carefully to ensure that the United States Air Force accomplishes its mission for the tasks at hand. In a battle situation, the combat systems officer will direct the launch of airborne strikes to clear the way ahead for the forces on the ground. When not engaged in a combat situation, combat systems officers conduct training for enlisted personnel and pilots. They also conduct testing to understand the use and effectiveness of new weapons. Officers serving in this capacity also watch out for other combat service members.

Combat Rescue Officer

When service members engaging in battle get injured and become immobile, they need immediate evacuation to survive. Combat rescue officers spearhead this evacuation by strategizing and organizing rescue and recovery operations to ensure that the injured are brought to safety. Besides working on the battleground, the officer also ensures that the teams going into battle are able to defend themselves and know what to do to prevent injury. These officers meet this goal by carrying out readiness assessments and training exercises. The improvement and performance of the troops is measured against their results and performance in the last mission to determine improvements and changes that are needed. They are then offered rescue training and teach short-term and long-term survival drills. Important to note, combat rescue officers sometimes engage in direct combat.

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