Combat Systems Officer

Combat and air operations move at incredible speed, so it’s essential our Airmen do the same. Serving as the mission commanders for electronic warfare, weapons systems and navigation, Combat Systems Officers are the eyes of their fellow Airmen. Utilizing their extraordinary level of focus, efficiency and leadership, these highly trained professionals employ a wide range of high-tech equipment and weaponry to deliver unmatched power and mobility to successfully accomplish their missions.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Aircraft Flight
  • Intelligence
  • Weaponry Materiel
  • Computers/Computer Science

Career Tasks

  1. Operate in a specific area:
    1. Bomber
    2. Experimental test
    3. Fighter
    4. Generalist
    5. Rescue
    6. Trainer
    7. Mobility
    8. Reconnaissance/surveillance/electronic warfare
    9. Special Operations
    10. Remotely piloted aircraft
  2. Master principles and techniques of all aircraft operations and weapon systems.
  3. Perform surveillance and intelligence.
  4. Develop and conduct training for other Airmen.
  5. Coordinate strikes and mission support tasks for Special Operations and ground forces.

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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