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Aircraft Loadmaster (Instructor) - Military Requirement

Air Force Civilian Service Hurlburt Field, FL

Job Description


The primary purpose of this Air Reserve Technician (ART) Enlisted position is to serve as an Instructor Special Mission Aviation (SPMA) for the special mission variant aircraft.  To administer, schedule and conduct flight  Aircraft Loadmaster (Instructor) providing ground and flight training instruction for developing, upgrading, and evaluating the skills of loadmaster aircrew members, assist the pilot in the operation of the aircraft; perform loadmaster duties on assigned missions; accomplish required flight engineering duties; and perform related staff support duties. As such, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Develop and provide technical Special Mission Aviation upgrade and proficiency training and instruction to Active Duty, Reserve aircrew members and ART personnel.
  • Directly assist the aircraft pilot in the operation of the aircraft by performing as the sole aircrew technician. Accomplishes a wide variety of primary aircrew preflight, in-flight, and post-flight duties, including Bold Face Emergency procedures.
  • Accomplish a wide variety of pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight special mission loadmaster duties required by the nature of the aircraft assigned and/or the aircrafts specialized mission.
  • Standardization/Evaluation/Mission Planning/Staff Work.


Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have logged at least 200 hours as an aircraft loadmaster and, in addition, must be a currently qualified C-130 Instructor/Examiner with at least 1 basic hour as a C-130 instructor or flight examiner in a flying component of a U.S. Military Component (Active Duty or Reserve) within the past 12 months of the date of application.


Position may or will require incumbent to: (1) Incumbents regular assignments are primarily ART duties; however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities.(2) May be required to work uncommon tour of duty. (3) Must obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance. (4) This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968; An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position. (5) Must maintain proficiency in the use of firearms. May be required to carry and use a concealed weapon while performing aircrew related duties. (6) May be exposed to the hazards associated with aircraft flight, plus physical and psychological demands of routine lengthy missions (up to 26 hours duration), must work in confined, hazardous noise areas, is subject to inclement weather during ground operations and dangerous environmental conditions during flight, and may operate in austere location. (7) This is a drug testing designated position. Incumbent is subject to random drug testing. (8) Must meet and maintain Air Force Reserve military requirements. (9) May be required to perform duties of sky marshal. (10) Must be instructor qualified and maintain proficiency in the Principles of Instruction. (11) Must attain and maintain mission-ready status at the appropriate crew qualification level. 12) May be required to maintain flight examiner qualification.  Periodically, as prescribed by regulations, must take and pass written and in-flight standardization/evaluation examinations to include random no-notice evaluations.   


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Other Information

  • Candidates are encouraged to provide a copy of their military experience and training (VMET) documents with their resume in order to expedite recruitment efforts. Visit the Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) website to obtain this VMET information.
  •  For more information visit the Air Force Special Examining Unit website at
  • Individuals on active duty may apply 120 days before separation date and should indicate in their application their military separation date. Individuals with more than 120 days before separation date must submit with their application a letter, signed by their commanding officer, stating the individual will be released from active duty (Palace Chase) if they obtain an ART position. Reservists who are mobilized may submit a copy of their mobilization orders or a statement in their application stating they are available within 120 days.
  • Individual who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition assistance Program (ICTAP) must rank in the Best or Highly qualified categories to be considered well qualified for the position. Federal civilian employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirement of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of the most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.
  • Spouses of active duty military members of the Armed Forces may receive preference in hiring under this announcement if they are among the best qualified referred and are within reach of selection. For information on military spouse preference, please refer to website Please clearly identify in your application that you are asking for spouse preference.
  • All Federal Employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.