TACTICAL AIR CONTROL PARTY (TACP)
TACTICAL AIR CONTROL PARTY (TACP)
BRINGING FIREPOWER TO BATTLE
There are few things that can change the course of battle like a properly executed air strike. As members of Air Force Special Warfare, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) imbeds with Army and Marine units on the frontline with the incredible responsibility of calling in an air strike on the right target at just the right time. These highly trained experts go through intense physical, mental and technical training in order to withstand the demanding conditions of battle and provide their team with the firepower they need for continued success on the battlefield.
YOU DON’T APPLY, YOU PROVE.
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SKIP TACP 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.
TACP APPRENTICE COURSE
21 weeks/Lackland AFB, TXSpecial Warfare Airmen are some of the most highly trained warriors in the military. For TACPs, that training begins here with instruction and assessment on the art and science of radio communications, small unit tactics and the basics of close-air support.
Three weeks/Fort Benning, GATACPs serve on the front line, but getting there sometimes requires dropping in from above. During airborne training, they learn basic parachuting and prepare for static line jump operations.
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.
Initial Certification Course: Phase 1 Combat Field Skills
16 weeks/Camp Bullis, TXBuilds on foundational training and teaches additional skills necessary to succeed as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC).
Initial Certification Course: Phase 2 Strike Phase
5 weeks/Nellis AFB, NVCulmination of training where students use everything they have learned in simulated and live Close Air Support (CAS) mission scenarios.
GET SPECIAL WARFARE READY.
SWIPE TO SEE WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BECOME A TACP, SO YOU CAN PREPARE BEFORE ENTERING THE PIPELINE.
SKIP TACP 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 the TACP selection model completed in Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System
- Normal color vision and depth perception
- Compliance with medical standards for Ground Base Controller Duty
- Possession of a valid state driver’s license to operate government motor vehicles
- Must maintain ability to deploy and mobilize worldwide
- Qualification to bear firearms
- Completion of a current National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks and Credit Check
- Completion of 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 39