Tactical air control party combat controllers to elite, professional, highly trained entities of the United States Air Force. What sets them apart? What do they have in common? What can they do? Let’s take a dive into what you need to know about and ccts. We’ll start off the video with a brief introduction on both of these entities. Let’s kick it off with tacps. TACPs are airmen who work in austere environments, providing precision terminal attack guidance of U. S. And coalition fixed and rotary wing close air support aircraft, artillery, and naval gunfire, while also establishing and maintaining command and control communications, and advise ground commanders on the best use of air power. Their motto is, the strong shall stand, the weak will fall by the wayside. Okay, now onto ccts. CCTs carry out some of the military’s most difficult missions. Acting as a one man attachment to other special operations teams, these highly specialized airmen are trained in a wide range of skills, which we’ll get into in a bit. They often deploy undetected into combat and hostile environments and are experts in air traffic control. Their motto is, first there. All right, you just got a taste of what both of these elite communities are.

Let’s dig a little deeper and go over their capabilities, missions and opportunities. At first glance, it might seem like TAC P’s and CCTs have a similar mission and responsibility. Both are capable of calling in airstrikes. But the further you look into it, the more you’ll see how different they are. TACps mostly operate with the army, with some embedded with the marines and a small percentage working with soft forces. CCTs, on the other hand, are under AFSOC, meaning every CCT is a special operator. They embed in various soft units, bringing with them their air traffic control expertise. This means that if you serve as a TAC P, chances are you’ll be with conventional forces. But if you go CCT, you’ll be guaranteed to work in soft. You pretty much have two choices. Do you want to control or do you want to party? TACP’s primary mission is to get bombs on target, whereas a CCT’s primary mission is to land and control aircraft in denied areas. While all TAc P’s become JTACs, more and more CCTs are beginning to also get JTAC qualified, meaning CCTs can also put bombs on target. And on top of that, ccts are FAA certified air traffic controllers.

That means that if you wanted to go work in that field after you get out, you can TAC P’s take no part in air traffic control. Again, they mainly deal with guiding airstrikes due to the nature of soft, ccts conduct special reconnaissance, establish assault zones or airfields while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command control and communications, and forward air control. They deploy with air and ground forces in support of direct action such as counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance and combat surgeon rescue. They also employ all terrain vehicles, amphibious vehicles, weapons and demolitions in pursuit of their objectives. For the TAC P’s that find themselves in soft, they also do some of the same stuff as soft missions naturally overlap when deployed with tactical ground forces, TAC P’s employ small unit tactics, conduct close quarters battle casualty collection, vehicle operations and prepare deployed sites. So to quickly recap on the opportunities for both of these communities training for.

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Link is in the description. Now back to the video. The only guaranteed schools for TAC P are the JTAC qualification course, Sear and jump school. The rest of the potential schools really depend on being at the right place at the right time. Ccts are guaranteed dive and military freefall and have much more funding and opportunities to go to schools like sniper school, breacher school, JTAC, etc. TAC P’s have an officer counterpart which are TAC P officers, formerly known as air liaison officers. CCT’s officer counterparts, on the other hand are special tactics officers. So if you want to serve as an officer in these career fields, those are what they’d be alright. You’ve been given a comparison of the capabilities, opportunities and missions of TAC P’s and ccTs. Let’s briefly go over where you can be stationed if you work in either of these career fields. After that we will go over the training and requirements for each of them. We’ll start off with TACP. Since TACPAS carry the nickname of Air Force infantry due to them being embedded in army units, they can spend most of their time on army bases. On screen are some of the army bases.

If you find yourself serving in soft as a TACP, you can be at Fort Benning, Georgia Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Pope Field, North Carolina, Hurlbert Field, Florida and others. Now on to CCT. As a combat controller you can be stationed at Hurlbert Field, Florida, Pope Field, North Carolina, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Cadena Air Base, Japan, and RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. Now that you have an idea of some of the areas you can be stationed in either of these communities, let’s move on to the training to get into them, then the requirements, and then we will wrap up the video. Let’s start off with the training pipeline to become a TAC P. The pipeline consists of US Air Force basic military training, eight weeks special warfare preparatory course, eight weeks. TAC P Preparatory course, one week TAC P apprentice course, twelve weeks US Army Airborne School, three weeks sear school, three weeks. Now onto the CCT’s pipeline, basic military training, eight weeks special warfare preparatory course, eight weeks special warfare assessment and selection course, four weeks. Special warfare predive course, four weeks.

Special warfare Combat Dive course, five weeks US army airborne jump school, three weeks. Military freefall course, three weeks sear training, three weeks. Air traffic control course, eleven weeks. Combat control apprentice course, eight weeks. Special tactics training, six months. As you probably noticed, the training pipeline for CCT is significantly longer than the one for TAC P. Keep that in mind if you’re interested in either of these fields. And just because CCT’s is longer than TACP’s doesn’t mean they’re any better than them. They just have a different mission and purpose. Therefore, their training pipeline lengths differ. Okay, so now you know what training you’ll be expected to complete if you decide to embark on either of these journeys. But do you even qualify to give it a shot? Let’s see you. Let’s kick this section off with a requirement you’ll need for both of these communities. You’ll have to take the past, which stands for physical abilities and stamina. Test for a special warfare open enlistment contract. You’ll need the same minimums for these communities. Remember, don’t shoot for just the minimums. You need to go way beyond that. The events and minimums of the past for TaC P’s and CCTs are Max pull ups in two minutes with a minimum of eight.

Two minutes rest. Max situps in two minutes with a minimum of 52 minutes rest. Max pushups in two minutes with a minimum of 40. Ten minutes rest. A mile and a half run in ten minutes and 20 seconds or less. 30 minutes rest complete. 225 meters underwater swims with a three minute rest in between each one. Then a ten minutes rest. 500 meters swim in 15 minutes or less with the pass out of the way let’s go over the requirements respective to each of these communities. For TAC P, these are the minimum requirements. Pause the screen to take a longer look and for CCT these are the minimum requirements. Pause the screen to take a longer look. Alright, now you know the basic requirements for both TaC P’s and CCTs, but don’t go just yet. We’re about to wrap up the video and leave you with some valuable resources to go check out about both of these communities as we can’t cover everything in detail in just this video. In this video you learn that Tac P’s and CCTs are very similar, yet quite different. TAC P’s focus on getting bombs on target and CCTs are experts in air traffic control.

Tac P’s serve mostly with conventional forces, whereas CCTs fall under AfSoc and serve with soft units. While both of these communities serve different purposes, they both bring talent, skill and professionalism to the battlefield, leaving a lasting and positive impact. If you want to learn more about these communities straight from the horse’s mouth, go check out the YouTube channel ones. Ready? He’s interviewed people from both of these communities. We’ll leave the link to his channel in the description below. We also did videos on both of these communities separately. Make sure to check them out and if you like the versus video format, we’ve done other videos like this. The thumbnails on screen are the versus videos we’ve done thus far. The playlist to these will all be in the description below. Well that is the down and dirty of Tac P’s and combat controllers. If you learned something from this video, make sure to give us a like and subscribe to our channel. As always, thank you for watching. Do you even want to be here? A big shout out to all of.

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  1. My comment is that I enjoyed working and running with the CCT’s at Keesler. They are attending the 1C2X1 course (Air Traffic Controller course) and I was teaching the 1C3X1 Command and Control course, Btyan Hall. It was a blast running with them as they were a little faster than me and I eventually worked my routine up. For non-air force the 1C3X1, for example, is what the Army and Marines refer to as ‘MOS’, the Navy refers to as ‘rate” and the air force identifies as an AFSC, air force specialty code. All refer to as the career path or job you are being trained for at tech school.


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