Flight Operations Specialist ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Prepares and provides flight information for military air and ground crews.

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


A person in this career:

  • Processes cross country and local flight clearances, including examination for conformance with flight rules and regulations.
  • Keeps flight logs on incoming and outgoing flights.
  • Keeps air crew flying records and flight operations records.
  • Receives and posts weather information and flight plan data.
  • Coordinates air crew needs, such as ground transportation.
  • Plans aircraft equipment needs for air evacuation and dangerous cargo flights.
  • Checks military flight plans with civilian agencies.
  • Encodes, decodes, and posts messages to airmen.
  • Maintains flight operations equipment in a tactical environment.

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.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work