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Work Environment

Air crew members work inside all sizes and types of aircraft based on land or aboard ships. They fly in all types of weather and in both hot and cold climates. Some air crew members, such as flight attendants, work on land and in airplanes.

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Air crew members perform in-flight duties to ensure the successful completion of combat, reconnaissance, transport, and search and rescue missions. They perform inspections to ensure equipment is in working order. They operate and monitor engine and aircraft systems controls, panels, indicators, and devices. Their responsibilities may vary by type of aircraft, and include such tasks as operating mine sweeping, refueling, and electronic warfare systems.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Air crew members will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience, including practical experience in aircraft systems operation and maintenance. Further training occurs on the job through actual flying time. There are additional courses covering air crew survival, scuba diving, parachuting, aircraft maneuvering, and combat crew training. Training content varies by specialty and may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to work under stress
  • Interest in flying
  • Ability to work with mechanical and electrical systems

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