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Army Aviation Operations Specialist (MOS 15P): Career Details

Army Aviation Operations Specialist (MOS 15P) schedule and dispatch tactical aircraft mission details.

Soldiers in this specialty are responsible for ensuring all details of a flight or mission are properly accounted for.

This position can include tasks such as manifest prepping and maintaining flight logs.

Qualifications and Training

Aviation Operations Specialist are required to take the ASVAB test.

A score of 91 on the Skilled Technical (ST) test is required.

Recruits will attend Basic Combat Training for 10 weeks.

After successful completion of Basic Combat Training, soldiers will attend Advanced Individual Training at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker Alabama.

Helpful skills in this position include:

  • Ability to use typewriters and office machines
  • Attention to detail and ability to keep accurate records
  • Interest in computers, math, aircraft and air traffic

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What does an Army Aviation Operations Specialist Do?

Aviation Operations Specialist
While Aviation Operations Specialist are not actually in the field physically pumping the fuel, they are behind the scenes completing calculations and scheduling to ensure there is enough fuel for flight. Image: flikr

Aviation Operations Specialist have the important job of planning, troubleshooting and maintaining accuracy in base and flight operations.

If an Aviation Operations Specialist looks over a missing item on a manifest or forgets to plan fueling for an aircraft, it can have detrimental issues for the aircraft, crew and mission.

Clear and effective communication is very important in this position.

This is a position that can land you in places around the world and working directly with people who are in difference places around the world from your exact location.

Skills learned in training that will be applied to this position include keeping accurate aviation operation and records.

It is required to know how to search and site regulations, not just for the US.

Advanced computer systems and technology will be used by the specialist to complete several different tasks.

The specialist receive, process and dispatch crucial, time-sensitive information to aircrew and aircraft operation units.

They are required to know the procedures to schedule an aircraft and the needed crew.

In addition to scheduling the aircraft, they will complete all of the flight planning and airfield operations.

They will go over flight plans to ensure accuracy and coordinate the flight plans with other team members.

Manifests are checked as well by the specialist to ensure all items are accounted for, not duplicated and meet the correct weight and size specifications for the aircraft.

They search, interpret and post weather reports for flights.

Interpreting and posting hazard maps and air coordination or tasking orders for pre-flight planning is also important.

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Aviation Operations Specialist are in charge of maintaining flight logs for all incoming and outgoing flights.

They will also keep individual flight records.

During a flight the individual flight records include all aspects related to that flight such as estimated and actual times of departure and arrival and total time on route.

While in flight the specialist will be in contact with the crew providing weather updates and any other information that may affect the mission or safety of the crew.

These specialist will process local and cross-country flight clearances.

If any emergencies arise during or prior to a flight, it is the duty of the specialist to notify crash crews and change plans accordingly.

Possible emergencies include crashes, sudden landing or delays.

These specialist will process local and cross-country flight clearances.

The specialist will provide regular updates to command and other units on the flight operations and timing.

The US Army Recruiting video below gives an inside look at the MOS 15P position duties and training.

What Does an MOS 15P Aviation Operations Specialist get Paid?

Soldiers in MOS 15P will be paid based on rank and time of service.

As this is an entry-level position, recruits will be paid based on rank and time of service.

In addition to the pay found in the Army base pay table below, there are opportunities for bonuses for enlisting in certain positions or within certain time frames.

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationAvg. Monthly Pay
E-1PrivatePVT$1,681
E-2Private Second ClassPV2$1,884
army e 3 insignia - pfcE-3Private First ClassPFC$1,981
army e 4 insignia - specialistE-4SpecialistSPC$2,195
army e 4 insignia - corporalE-4CorporalCPL$2,195
E-5SergeantSGT$2,394
E-6Staff SergeantSSG$2,613
E-7Sergeant First ClassSFC$3,021
army e 8 insignia - master sergeantE-8Master SergeantMSG$4,345
E-8First Sergeant1SG$4,345
E-9Sergeant MajorSGM$5,308
E-9Command Sergeant MajorCSM$5,308
e 9 sergeant major of the army insigniaE-9Sergeant Major of the ArmySMA$5,308

There are also benefits, allowances and compensation opportunities that add to your base pay.

Benefits

All soldiers in the Army will be offered benefits that greatly add to your base pay.

Army benefits include:

  • Insurance: Free to low-cost medical and dental; paid sick time; low-cost life insurance
  • Vacation: 30 paid days annually
  • Housing: Free on-base
  • Food: Free on-base

Additional benefits for education include tuition assistance, scholarship opportunities and allowances for books and fees.

Soldiers will be given clothing allowances annually for military clothing plus civilian clothing if their specific job requires them to wear civilian clothing.

There are also other allowance opportunities such as deployment and housing/food when you cannot live on the base.

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Job Reviews

Reviews of this position are mainly positive.

People comment that the work that you perform can be stressful, but the actual environment is quiet and calm in comparison to other jobs in the Army.

This position gives you opportunity to meet new people and learn discipline.

Negative reviews note long hours and deployment.

You can review a positive and negative review below.

MOS 15P
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Army MOS 15P
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Civilian Career Opportunities

This position will provide experience with computers, technology and communication.

You can find related position working with aviation, technology companies or any company looking for administrative positions.

Possible job titles include:

  • Dispatch
  • Office Administration
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Air Transport
  • Logistics Management
  • Information Technology specialist

All of these positions will vary in pay and availability based on location and company.

The Army also participates in the COOL program that allows you to learn certificates and licenses that will benefit a future civilian career while in the Military.

Army Cool Website
Image: army.mil

The COOL site for this position can be found here.

As part of recruiting, this position is eligible for the Partnership for Youth Success (PAYS) program that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers.

Summary

Army Aviation Operations Specialist (MOS 15P) ensure that all details of an aircraft mission are correctly accounted for.

These individuals use a high sense of attention to detail to check flight plans, manifests, processes flight clearances and maintain flight records.

Their position is vital to the aircraft mission.

This is an entry level position that offers basic pay, benefits, allowances and potential bonuses.

Working in Aviation Operations can be stressful but it is also exciting and less labor intensive than other positions.

There are opportunities working in communications, aviation and technology as a civilian using the skills learned in this position.

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References

Army MOS 15P Career Details

Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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