Becoming a TACP Member

TITLE: Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice

PDS: 0NU DATE ADDED: 2/23/2015
AFSC: 1C431 DATE UPDATED: 2/26/2015
SECURITY: Unclassified START DATE: 23 Apr 2015
LOCATION: Lackland AFB (Tech Trng)
LENGTH: 84 Days
ORG/PGM: Air Education and Training Command / Enlisted Operations Training


Course Description:
ALOs will attend the Air Liaison Officer (ALO) Basic Course, L3OBR13L1 0A0A

Trains personnel to directly assist, control, enable, and execute operational air and space power functions in the forward battle space independent of an established airbase or its perimeter defenses. Personnel will be trained on the following objectives: portable, vehicle mounted, and satellite radio communications; tactical vehicle operations; map reading; day and night land navigation; Global Positioning System (GPS); small unit tactics; cover, concealment, and camouflage; Tactical Air Control System and Army Air Ground System (TACS/AAGS); Close Air Support Procedures; how to utilize multiple command assets in joint combat operations to plan and execute tactical air and ground weapons resources in direct support of Army ground maneuver units. Upon graduation, personnel are normally assigned to Army installations worldwide. They may be employed alone or as part of an Air Force, joint, interagency or coalition force, to support Combatant Commander’s objectives and may operate under the most austere conditions for extended periods. Graduates will perform and manage Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Air Support Operations Center (ASOC) operations. Graduates of the TACP Apprentice course will attend S-V80-A, Combat Survival Training, at Fairchild AFB upon completion of technical training. Graduates of the TACP Apprentice course selected for Basic Parachutist training will attend S-V80-A, Combat Survival Training, following completion of basic parachutist course. This specialty is a member of Battlefield Airman career field grouping.

Must have a valid driver’s license; comply with the Ground Based Aircraft Controller Medical Standards according to AFI 48-123; no speech impediment or any physical limitations preventing students from participating in a rigorous physical training program and meeting and maintaining worldwide mobility criteria. Must have a completed TACP physical ability stamina test (PAST). Members also require a minimum of 49 in the General category of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

There is a mandatory physical training program for all students assigned to this course. On day one of the course, students will be administered a physical conditioning evaluation consisting of the same event criteria required for the PAST.

The test is comprised of four weighted events and must be conducted in the order listed below. All four PAST events must be successfully completed in order for the member to pass the test. Record TACP PAST results on unit letterhead and provide a signed copy to the member. The test administrator (a trained and current Physical Training Leader IAW AFI 10-248) and unit commander sign to verify the test results.


NOTE: The TACP PAST requirements are designed to test for minimum fitness level necessary to ensure safety. TACP candidates must train throughout their application process to exceed these minimums in order to enhance their chances of success in the TACP training process.



1.5 Mile Run (Maximum Time: 10:47): Physical training (PT) clothes and good running shoes are the only required items. The run must be conducted on an accurately measured course, preferably a running track.

10 Minute Rest

Calisthenics: Three calisthenics exercises are evaluated, each with specific time parameters and specific exercise form mechanics. All members will exercise to either muscle failure or time completion, whichever occurs first. The intent is to have members do as many "good form" repetitions in the time allotted or when muscle failure is reached. Allow a 2-minute rest between each calisthenics exercise.
NOTE: Exercise form is strictly enforced during the PAST and in the training pipeline. Repetitions done without proper form will not be counted and will be to the member’s disadvantage

Pull-ups (2 minutes, minimum repititions-6): Pull-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is hanging from a bar, palms facing away from the candidate with no bend in elbows (“dead-hang”). Hand spread is approximately shoulder width apart. Count one; pull the body up until the chin is over the bar. Count two; return to starting position. Legs are allowed to bend, but must not be kicked or manipulated to aid upward movement. If the candidate falls off or releases from the bar, the exercise is terminated.
2 Minute Rest

Sit-ups (2 minutes, minimum repititions-48): Sit-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is back flat on the surface, fingers interlocked behind the head, head off the surface, and knees bent at approximately a 90-degree angle. Another individual may hold the individual’s feet during the exercise, or be placed under a “toe-hold” bar. Count one; sit up so that the back is vertical to the surface. Count two; return to the starting position. The exercise is continuous. If the member stops, the exercise is terminated. If the member's buttocks rise from the surface or his fingers are not interlocked behind his head during the repetition, the repetition is not counted. There is no authorized rest position.

2 Minute Rest
Push-ups (2 minutes, minimum repititions-40): Push-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is hands, approximately shoulder width apart, arms, back, and legs must remain locked straight. Count one; lower the chest until the elbows are bent at a 90-degree or lower angle. Count two; return to the starting position. The only authorized rest position is the starting position. If the knees touch the ground the exercise is terminated. The member will not raise his buttocks in the air, sag his middle to the surface, or raise any hand or foot from their starting position. If a hand or foot is raised, the exercise is terminated.

Prepare for the roadmarch: During the TACP apprentice course, candidates will be required to perform multiple roadmarchs at varying lengths. Required items for roadmarch: Rucksack, 1 two qt canteen, 2 one qt canteens, entrenching tool, poncho, poncho liner, LBE, helmet, rubber M-16, and a full uniform. All items will be issued at the course except uniforms.

Recommended Items:
Recommended Packing List: The below listed items are not mandatory but are good comfort items to have during training. All of the items are available at clothing sales.
4x ABUs (Older but serviceable ABUs suitable for field training)
2x Combat Boots (Older boots suitable for field training)
Black leather gloves
2 pairs of running shoes
Digital Watch w/ stopwatch
10 Pairs of boot socks
10 pairs of white athletic sock
Micro Flashlight w/ red lens
Multi Tool
Folding Knife (3-4" Blade)
Tactical Notepad w/ waterproof paper
5x36" Bungee Cords (Green or Black)

Reporting Instructions (Supplemental):
Reporting Instructions (Supplemental):
All retrainee students (except prior service students - see NOTE below) will report 1 day prior to class start date in ABUs to Lackland Training Annex, building 127, CQ and/or Military Training Leader (MTL) upon arrival. Retrainees/ANG must bring their approved PAST test results/letters and Ground Based Aircraft Controller Physical Records. ALL students, regardless of reporting time, will reside in Dormitory 127 for the duration of their In-Processing/training. Billeting at Gateway Inn on Lackland AFB or off-base is not authorized. ANG personnel must process through the Lackland AFB ARC Liaison office before training. Prior service members must hand carry their medical records to Lackland AFB and turn them in at Reid Clinic Flight Physical Office for screening, Bldg 6612, 292-2626 1 week prior to course start date. Retrainees must hand carry their medical records (with complete Ground Based Aircraft Controller Physical) to the course. Students will not make departure plans that require any movement prior to 1700L on the last day of the course.

Ignore the reporting instructions below under location information. Use the reporting instructions in the preceding paragraph only.

Training Location: 342 TRS, Bldg 147, Lackland AFB, TX 78236-5568.

Prerequisite Courses:

L3AQR1C431 0T0A Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Preparatory Course

Location Information:

Lackland AFB (Tech Trng) USAF
1220 Truemper Street
Lackland AFB
San Antonio, TX 78236
POC: Eugene Hoffman (Read next paragraph before calling

Information Requests
If you are calling or emailing to request any information on a specific course, please contact the Training Manager (TM) for the course. The TM course contact can be found at the top of the ETCA page listed next to the Weblink and Course Contact headings. This includes all inquiries regarding class start dates, location, reporting times, uniform requirements, etc. Please do not call the location information POC found at the bottom portion of the ETCA page.

Course announcements have precedence over these instructions. Follow any specific guidance provided in the course announcements. Location information is for TDY students only and does not apply to BMT.

Lackland Motorcycle Safety Requirements
Personnel TDY to Lackland who will be operating a motorcycle must be properly licensed and have completed motorcycle safety training (A Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course) IAW AFI 91-207, The US Air Force Traffic Safety Program. Failure to provide proof of these items will result in personnel not being able to operate their motorcycles.

Student Quarters
Government quarters are available for civilian students. If government quarters are not used, adequate commercial facilities are located immediately outside the base and are served by city bus transportation. Vicinity travel reimbursements are not authorized. Lodging reservations are accepted. Call DSN 473-3622/4277/0047/2556 or Commercial (210) 671-3622/4277/0047/2556.

Air Force Fitness Program
Unit commanders ensure military personnel selected for training comply with AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program.

Cell Phone Use While Operating a Motor Vehicle
Vehicle operators on a DOD installation and operators of Government owned vehicles will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or unless they are using a hands free device. The wearing of any other portable headphones, earphones, or other listening devices (except for hands free cellular phones) while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited.

Seasonal Uniform Changes
Long underwear and field jacket liners are recommended for students attending courses taught at Camp Bullis and Lackland Training Annex (LTA) during the period of October through April. Full finger gloves are recommended for all courses located at Camp Bullis.

TDY Tech Trng Students Billeted at Kelly Inn
Individuals attending TDY-to-School (TTS) Tech training are sporadically billeted at the Lackland Annex, Kelly AFB. To ensure these students are afforded transportation to/from training, dining facilities and for any other "official transportation FOUO.” Requirements to request a compact rental vehicle are as follows:
1. Students billeted at Kelly Inn, for TTS training, at Lackland AFB, are authorized to request an AETC-funded compact rental car. To mitigate the cost for compact rental vehicles, students billeted at Kelly Inn, need to coordinate with others in the same course or class to keep the compact rental FOUO vehicles to 5 students to car.
2. The student renting the vehicle, via DTS/CTO, will file an amendment (provided by the POCs below) to their TDY orders upon return to home station for Rental Vehicle reimbursement and FOUO gasoline [send gasoline receipts].
3. The AETC Compact Rental car review authority for AETC-funded students may be reached at the AETC Mission Ready Training Program (MRTP) located at 2AF (NAF), Keesler AFB MS: DSN 591-7005/4/3. Fax DSN 597-1210 or 597-2227. Ask for the “AETC-funded Rental Car memo” via this email: 2AF.MRTP@US.AF.MIL. Then follow the memo instructions and provide all PAID receipts; gasoline, billeting, None Availability form if received and lodged off-base, compact rental car, itinerary, RIP, Orders, and names of passengers.
4. Input from AETC/MRTP for Rental cars while billeted at KELLY Inns: Air National Guard members are to request unit funding for Special Authorizations which include rental vehicles; AETC is not allowed to fund (pay) for ANG rental vehicles.
5. Before traveling from your home base, please contact TDY-to-School Special Authorizations for COMPACT Car Rental options at 2AF.MRTP@US.AF.MIL or DSN 591-7003/4/5/6. The sooner you contract the Special Authorization POCs the smoother your transportation issues will be. Request should be made NLT 7 duty days prior to class start date. Make sure you do not obligate any extra items during a compact car rental process. Make sure the rental car customer service representative provides you the "GARS" corporate rate. In most cases travelers authorized to rent a compact rental vehicle will be meeting with others traveling to the same school/location. This will be accomplished by sending your itinery with your Special Authorization request package to 2AF.MRTP@US.AF.MIL so they can coordinate with other travelers. You are also responsible for calling your passengers to coordinate meeting places and time. Please give your cell phone number (treated as PA/PII) to the MRT POCs.
6. Call AETC Mission Ready Training Program, DSN 591-7003/4/5/6 to make sure you are not doing something which may become non-reimbursable.

Student Assistance
Personnel arriving at San Antonio International Airport should contact the Military Reception Desk in the airport terminal building for information about transportation to Lackland AFB.

Physical Conditioning
All students must comply, at a minimum, with AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program. Additional PT requirements listed in custom paragraphs will take precedence.

Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC)
Lackland AFB TX 78236-9803. Officer and civilian students are assigned to WHASC; enlisted are assigned to the Medical Services Squadron Section, WHASC. All personnel will report NET 1200 and NLT 1800 to the WHASC information desk and then to their course supervisor 1 day before class start date.

Reporting Instructions
The following reporting instructions apply to courses taught on Lackland AFB. Reporting instructions for Lackland Training Wing courses conducted at other training sites are contained in those training sites' special instructions or in the individual course announcements.

Enlisted and GS-6 or below students in TDY status, with the exception of 342 TRS students, report to Base Lodging, VAQ Gateway Inn, Bldg 10203, 1 day before class start date. Lodging is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will provide training locations and times. Guard and Reserve students attending Security Forces courses should draw per diem prior to arrival or arrive 24 hrs prior to class start to draw per diem locally. Unit of assignment will be based on type of training.

341 Training Squadron Courses: Military working dog training
342 Training Squadron Courses: PJ, CCT, TACP, CBAT, and CAST courses comply with specific course announcements found under each course.
343 Training Squadron Courses: Security Forces Apprentice Training, Basic SF Officer Training, all advanced Security Forces Training, and Combat Arms Training
344 Training Squadron Courses: Safety, Aircrew Fundamentals Course (AFC), Center of Excellence (CoE) for Career Enlisted Aviators (CEAs), Enlisted Aircrew Undergraduate Courses (EAUC), TEMPEST, Materiel Management, Contracting, Logistics Plans, Recruiting, Logistics Readiness Officer (LRO) Courses, Vehicle Management & Analysis, Vehicle Maintenance courses located at Port Hueneme, CA
345 Training Squadron Courses: Air Transportation, Services, HAZMAT, CMOS, TMO conducted at Fort Lee, VA

Officers and GS-7 or above students in TDY status, with the exception of 342 TRS students, report to VOQ, Bldg 2604. Guard and Reserve students attending security forces courses should draw per diem prior to arrival or arrive 24 hrs prior to class start to draw per diem locally. Unit of assignment will be based on type of training.

All students in TDY status attending vehicle maintenance courses report to Detachment 1, 344 TRS, Port Hueneme CA.

Officer and enlisted students in PCS status attending training, with the exception of 342 TRS students, report NLT 3 days before class start date. Oversea returnees are authorized to sign in upon completion of leave of travel. Base Lodging, Bldg 10203, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will provide training locations and times.

NPS pipeline students in TDY status report to the military training flight (MTF).

Technical school eliminee (TSE) students report to military training flight of assignment NLT 2 duty days before class start date. One set of student travel orders will be sent to the Registrar's Branch. TSEs have class entry priority.