Airborne Combat Navigators

Military Career

General Information

Description

Airborne combat navigators use radar, radio, and other navigation equipment to determine position, direction of travel, intended course, and other operations of aircraft. They also operate other mission critical systems on the aircraft such as surveillance, communications, electronic warfare, and other weapon systems. In addition, they monitor, evaluate, and direct flying operations and training programs.  

Work Environment

Airborne combat navigators perform their work in aircraft. They may be stationed at air bases or aboard aircraft carriers anywhere around the world.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Airborne Combat Navigators in the Military

28,115

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Salary

Average Salary

$105,699

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Education

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Airborne combat navigators may have an education in engineering or a related field. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Practical experience in navigation is gained through training in aircraft simulators and through actual flying time. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Training content may include: Principles and methods of navigationOperation of communication, weapon, and radar systemsInspection and testing of navigation equipment and systemsCombat and bombing navigation procedures and tactics

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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