Air Battle Manager

During air combat, there are no small decisions. And in the U.S. Air Force, each crucial choice falls to the Air Battle Managers. Utilizing strategy, experience and an intimate knowledge of aircraft, weapons, and surveillance, they use everything at their disposal to control the outcome of an air battle. A job demanding composure, confidence and decisiveness, an air operation’s success depends on the plans implemented by these accomplished experts.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Aircraft Flight
  • Weaponry Materiel

Career Tasks

  1. Plan, prepare and execute theater air operations.
  2. Analyze national defense strategy and apply accordingly to battle strategy.
  3. Develop and conduct flying and simulation exercises.
  4. Conduct, manage, evaluate and improve unit training and readiness.
  5. Create operational policies by supervising mission-specific training.

Service Commitment A Duty and an Honor

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force or Space Force, appointed by the President of the United States. The length of your initial service commitment depends on your career. Most officers have a four-year, active-duty service commitment. Pilots have a 10-year, active-duty service commitment, and both Combat System Officers and Air Battle Managers have a six-year service commitment upon completion of their respective training. Nursing graduates accept a commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve four years on active duty after completing their licensing examination.

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