Air Crew Member ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Operates equipment on board military aircraft during operations. May specialize by type of aircraft, such as bomber, intelligence, transport, or search and rescue.

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


A person in this career:

  • Operates aircraft communication and radar equipment.
  • Operates and maintains aircraft defensive gunnery systems.
  • Operates helicopter hoists to lift equipment and personnel from land and sea.
  • Operates and maintains aircraft in-flight refueling systems.
  • Maintains flight operations equipment.
  • Performs aircraft maintenance, weight and balance calculations.
  • Analyzes and classifies data.
  • Safeguards classified materials.

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 involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

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
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work