Members of the Special Tactics TACP career field are selected from existing resources within the Air Force conventional tactical air control parties. Training includes:
SPECIAL WARFARE PREPARATORY COURSE (SW PREP)
Candidates undergo intense strength training by running, rucking, and swimming extensively. They'll also learn about the rich history of Special Warfare, Esprit De Corps and ultimately take the Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST) to see if they'll move on to tech training.
TACP PREPARATORY COURSE
The pipeline to become an Air Force TACP is long and challenging. To prepare Airmen for the rigors of it, candidates will receive an extra week of training that includes a variety of intense, sustained calisthenics, as well as middle- and long-distance running.
TACP APPRENTICE COURSE
Special Warfare Airmen are some of the most highly trained warriors in the military. For TACP's, that training begins here with instruction and assessment on the art and science of radio communications, small unit tactics and the basics of close-air support.
TACPs serve on the frontline but getting there sometimes requires dropping in from above. During airborne training, they learn basic parachuting and prepare for static line jump operations.
Special Warfare Airmen conduct missions in some of the most extreme and hostile places on the planet. This is where they receive survival, evasion, resistance, and escape training.
SPECIAL TACTICS TRAINING
TACPs who have been in the careerfield for a couple years are able to take their skills to the next level and apply for Special Tactics. Once accepted they will continue their comprehensive training alongside their teammates within their Special Tactics unit learning advanced weapons, tactics and more.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Military Free-fall Parachutist Course
Static Line Jump Master School
Special Tactics Advanced Skills Course
Military Free-fall Jump Master
U.S. Army Air Assault School
U.S. Army Sniper School
U.S. Army Ranger School
Combat Diver Qualification Course
U.S. Army Pathfinder School