THE FIRST TO BATTLE
Some of the military’s most difficult missions are carried out by Combat Controller (CCT) who operates in remote, often hostile areas. Acting as a one-man attachment to other special forces teams, these highly specialized Airmen are trained in a wide range of skills, including scuba, parachuting and snowmobiling, as well as being FAA-certified air traffic controllers in order to establish air control and provide combat support on missions all over the globe.
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SKIP CCT Training CAROUSEL
BASIC MILITARY TRAINING (BMT)
7.5 weeks/Lackland AFB, TXThe first step to becoming an Airman happens in BMT where trainees learn military structure, the core values of the U.S. Air Force, and to prepare both mentally and physically for life as an Airman.LEARN MORE
Special Warfare Candidate Course (SWCC)
Seven weeks/Lackland AFB, TXIf they have what it takes to join Air Force Special Warfare, it will be revealed here. Candidates will undergo intense strength and conditioning training by running, rucking and swimming extensively. They’ll also learn about the rich history of Special Warfare, Esprit De Corps and ultimately take the Initial Fitness Test (IFT) to see if they’ll move on to their pipeline training.
SPECIAL WARFARE ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION COURSE
Four weeks/Lackland AFB, TXThis is the moment candidates must prove they are worthy to advance in a CCT career or find another career field.
SPECIAL WARFARE PRE-DIVE COURSE
Four weeks/Lackland AFB, TXPre-dive prepares candidates physically and mentally for the rigors of combat dive school. It consists of intense calisthenics, middle- and long-distance running, swimming and, most importantly, water-confidence training.
SPECIAL WARFARE COMBAT DIVE COURSE
Five weeks/Panama City, FLBecoming an expert diver happens here. Building upon what they learned during the pre-dive course, CCTs undergo extensive combat dive training so they can wield airpower whenever, wherever.
Three weeks/Fort Benning, GACCTs are imbedded with other special forces, which means they go wherever the mission demands. Sometimes this requires dropping in from above. During airborne training, they learn basic parachuting and prepare for static line jump operations.
MILITARY FREE-FALL COURSE
4.5 weeks/Yuma Proving Ground, AZIn addition to being certified air traffic controllers, CCTs are also advanced skydivers. This is where they take that next step by building on the training they received at airborne school.
Three weeks/Fairchild AFB, WASpecial Warfare Airmen conduct missions in some of the most extreme and hostile places on the planet. This is where they receive survival, evasion, resistance and escape training that will likely one day save their lives.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
9 weeks/Pope Army Airfield, NCThe primary responsibility of a CCT is to direct air traffic. In addition to continuing the rigorous fitness training, they also learn how to become air traffic controllers and eventually get FAA certified.
COMBAT CONTROL APPRENTICE COURSE
13 weeks/Pope Army Airfield, NCCCTs are more than air traffic controllers, they’re battlefield Airmen usually operating in the middle of a war zone. This is where they learn to apply their training under pressure while obtaining fundamental combat skills utilizing a range of weapons and strategies.
SPECIAL TACTICS TRAINING
Six months/Hurlburt Field, FLThe longest segment of the pipeline is also the most comprehensive with advanced weapons and demolition training, all-terrain vehicle operation and core skills instruction, all culminating in a five-level upgrade on completion.
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SKIP CCT Fitness CAROUSEL
Swim 25 meters underwater
Swim 500 meters (breaststroke, sidestroke and freestyle)
Run 1.5 miles
Pull-ups in two minutes
Sit-ups in two minutes
Push-ups in two minutes
High school diploma, GED with 15 college credits or GED
- Successful completion of the Special Warfare Operator Enlistment IFT
- Minimum score of 30 on CCT selection model completed in Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System
- Physical qualification for air traffic controller duty, marine diving duty and parachute duty
- Physical qualification and maintenance of personal physical standards
- Normal color vision and depth perception
- Completion of a current National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks and Credit Check
- Qualification as a static-line parachutist
- Completion of 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 39