Aircraft Launch and Recovery Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Aircraft launch and recovery specialists ensure the safety of aircraft as they launch from and return to aircraft carriers. They perform this critical work by operating and maintaining catapults, arresting gear, and other equipment used in aircraft carrier takeoff and landing operations.

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Work Environment

Aircraft launch and recovery specialists work outdoors aboard ships while operating and maintaining launch and recovery equipment or holding visual landing aids for incoming aircraft. They are exposed to noise and fumes from jet and helicopter engines.

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

Comparable Industries

  • Support Activities for Air Transportation
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Scheduled Air Transportation
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Aircraft Launch and Recovery Specialists in the Military

10,122

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Salary

Average Salary

$47,459

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 38%
  • Associate's degree 20%
  • High school 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 12%
  • Some college 8%
  • Post baccalaureate 5%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Aircraft launch and recovery specialists gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training content may include: Operating and maintaining launch and recovery equipmentInstalling crash barriers and barricadesUse of landing aids, arresting gear, and anchoring devicesCare of airfield surfacesOperation of communication systems

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics

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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