An ISR operator plays a crucial role in both the planning and execution of a country’s air force missions. They oversee the collecting and collating of information on the enemy’s activity, movements, and strength.
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ISR operators deliver this confidential and top-secret intelligence to the higher-ups in the command using various classified equipment and intel-gathering techniques. They are veritable specialists that require rigorous training to ensure that the air force is always ahead of the enemies’ own intel and that future missions are guaranteed success.
For one to be qualified to apply for an ISR operation position, they must have graduated from high school and attained at least 15 college credits in the GED. The applicant must likewise display extensive knowledge of aircraft equipment and procedures. They should be eligible for deployment and mobilization anywhere in the world and must complete various tests including a polygraph and Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
The ISR operator candidate should be between the ages of 17 and 39 and must be at least 64 inches (5’3”) in height and no taller than 77 inches or 6-foot-4. Also, they must have no history of any temporomandibular joint pain or disorder. When the applicant is deemed qualified, he or she must complete 7.5 weeks of both basic military training and Airmen’s Week.
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