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Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


high school graduategeneralenlistedaircraftelectronics & electricscomputers & computer science

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Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)

Career Description

Knowing where the enemy is, how many there are, what they're doing, how they're supplied and what kind of support they have can give our forces a distinct edge. As an Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator, you'll gather that information as part of an aircrew using various classified techniques and equipment. The success of a mission can hinge on having the right information at the right time, and it will be your job to make sure it arrives on time.

Career Tasks

  • Fly as primary aircrew onboard a wide variety of aircraft to operate, evaluate and manage airborne ISR information and related ground processing systems
  • Perform identification, acquisition, recording, analysis and reporting of assigned ISR tasks
  • Provides ISR threat-warning support and interfaces with other units, assists with mission planning and maintains assigned publications and currency items
  • Participate in theater and tactical-level ISR coordination networks and process, analyze and disseminate ISR information obtained from onboard sensors during missions in progress

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Aircraft
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator technical training:

School location: Goodfellow AFB [TX]

Length of course: 77 days

College degree earned: TBD

College credits earned: 27