The Air Force is the only service with dedicated Airmen such as TACPs performing joint terminal attack control, or precision air, ground and sea strike, as their primary duty.
TACPs must train constantly to ensure precision and excellence on the battlefield. From TACP technical school to JTAC qualification, it can take up to three years; on average, it takes 12-24 months to become JTAC-qualified due to thorough and constant evaluation within the TACP units.
Every 17 months, TACPs must be recertified in JTAC through an evaluation process, directed by a joint regulation.
TACPs must maintain currencies in training, just like a pilot would. They must perform JTAC duties with live fly aircraft and simulators. For example, TACPs must maintain currencies in night-live laser training every six months, in addition to quarterly JTAC training.
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