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    Army Training for ATC

    My son is about to enlist in the US Army as a 15Q - Air Traffic Controller. I am curious on my behalf and his about Army specific training at Ft. Rucker and elsewhere, the complexity and difficulties of such training, traditional academics required, etc. I am interested in details.

    He is a bright kid but failed to spend himself in school. He has tested very high in the Army ASVAB. This combination promotes wonder on my part and if his success in the Army training environment can be realized. As a parent I ponder the consequences of failing the AIT testing requirements which can lead to a new MOS through the needs of the Army.

    Any effort given this request is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    He will need to study in the school. It is mostly multiple choice type tests, but there is some simulation. In general though air traffic control in the Army is tactical atc, so the standard control tower and radar room that you associate with an airport in the states is not the norm. Expect overseas deployments and air traffic control in forward deployed posts as the normal situation.
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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    Thank you for your response........

    I have been searching around and found, I believe, most tests are open book-open notes and of durations of 2 1/2 hours or less. But I am not certain if I am looking at the correct information. There are so many abbreviations to sort through that I cannot be sure.

    One would think the pretests given by the Army are a genuine indication of an individuals ability. My fears are parental, I suppose, and ponder worst case developments for his safety - a worry-wart. The consensus is.... if he fails AIT he is committed to the whims of the Army assigning him to their needs..... infantry, medics, cooks, etc..... which does not sound very appealing. This in concert with a friend being killed in Afghanistan a few days ago makes for added concern.

    My son is out of town this weekend saying farewell to friends. My understanding is he leaves next week for Ft. Jackson and then Ft. Rucker for AIT.

    He currently anticipates assignments in forward areas. His recruiter seems to be honest about anything asked about. His sought MOS has evolved from tanker, to heavy equipment, to air traffic control.

    Thanks for your reply.

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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    I went through Army ATC training back in 2005. It is fairly easy as long as he spends his time wisely studying. Most of the work is book work and some simulation.

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    http://www.stuckmic.com/groups/4-arm...c-control.html

    Check out that social group...those were all army atcer's...I'm sure a lot of them could answer your questions.

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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    Thanks to everyone for your replies.

    My son will be home shortly and we will ponder your wisdom and advise. I spoke to him briefly this afternoon and he has decided to commit to ATC in the Army with formal commitment late tomorrow. So, I guess all that is left is filling in the remaining blank spots. He is excited about me finding Stuck Mic and looks forward to studying the information here.

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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    Im doing the same thing too, Good Luck!

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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    I just finished the ATC School at Fort Rucker, AL
    The school has changed much in the last few years. Your son will be there for a min of 4 months but most likely 6 to 8

    The school has excellent instructors but if your son does not apply himself he will not pass the first time around. the best advise I can give him is to study study study, and skip all the bull shit he can get in there, yes he can go out on the weekends to Panama City FL, San Destin, FL, Dothan, AL and many more, and most people that do fail the class.

    He will have a lot of freedom compared to Basic and that is where many people go wrong.

    Your son can bring just about anything he wants to this school. Cell phone, computer, home surround systems, personal cloths, ext, just no food, drinks, drugs, alcohol in the rooms,
    Personal cloths have to be turned in when he arrives and will get them back probably on week 3 if he passes the pt test. And he will be moved from phase 4 to 5.

    if he is going into the active army he can probably add on some more time because national guard go through the course faster due to the states, and the active will just wait for an opening to get into class.

    One guy I went to the school with was active army and he was there before me and he just left 6 months after I did so he was there for 10 months.

    Once your son is there for about 8-12 weeks he might be able to qualify for what is called 5+ so he can drink, smoke, drive a car, leave every day after class at 530pm but he needs to be careful,

    I saw people get kicked out of the course and now have a felony on their records, people get arrested for OUI, supplying to minors, get caught with drugs, and so on. The list is long so he needs to watch himself and not do things to be cool. They will most likely not kick him out for most of the things but if he gets into trouble or fails the course he will get reassigned to most likely Infantry.

    If he fails a course or section he will have to retake that section and I have seen people wait two months to get back into that class. So don?t fail

    Take the full amount of time when taking the test you have two hours for the test so take the full two hours and pass, go through the test and answer every one you know 100% the go back through the ones you don?t know, if you don?t know the first question it will most likely be answered later in the test, so that is why I say only answer the ones you know first then go back, you may need to do this a few times.

    The best advice is study, don?t get into trouble, stay fit and he will pass the first time.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    The ARMY is not the best training if he plans to do it for a short period of time and get out to persue an FAA career. They train you to be a soldier first... controller second. Any ATC training will be tactical/combat oriented like said above. If he is doing it as a long career in the ARMY then Id imagine its definitely one of the better jobs to have.

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    Re: Army Training for ATC

    With my experience

    so far I just finished ATC School for the National Guard and unlike the Guard say you cannot get a FAA job right out of training.

    I spoke with ladies from the FAA and I will have to go through the FAA process as a newbie.

    So if you are looking to get a career in ATC don?t go to the army to do it.

    Just contact the FAA on faa.gov and you will have to wait till a public announcement. The next one I was told is in July 2009, and the process takes a year then off to OKC to go back to school.

    So the army training was a west of time for me and now I have a comment to show up each and every month and be deployed when every it want me to.

    Make the best decision but you can get education anywhere.
    Also don?t do it for the educational benefits. I have had the biggest pain in the rear. and 4 months later I still have not received my GI Bill monies and Kicker. And once you are out of active status all benefits are out the window. So think before you sign.

    Also you do have 90 days once you finish basic to get out on unable to adjust to military life.

    and about deployment if you dont want to go to war dont join because regardless of what your recurter said just about everyone will be deployed very soon. 90 percent of my classmates are deployed and it has only been 8 months since traning.

    Good luck

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