Air Crew Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs and directs in-flight duties to ensure the successful completion of combat, reconnaissance, transport, and search and rescue missions. Duties include operating aircraft communications and radar equipment, such as establishing satellite linkages and jamming enemy communications capabilities; operating aircraft weapons and defensive systems; conducting pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight inspections of onboard equipment; and directing cargo and personnel drops.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Supervises the operation of aircraft communication and radar equipment.
  • Directs the operation and maintenance of aircraft defensive gunnery systems.
  • Supervises operation of helicopter hoists to lift equipment and personnel from land and sea.
  • Monitors operation and maintenance of aircraft in-flight refueling systems.
  • Supervises the maintenance of flight operations equipment.
  • Analyses and classifies data.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Seeing clearly in low light conditions
  • Seeing objects or movement to one's side when looking forward
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work
  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work