1w0x1 Assignments Due

Updated June 8, 2017

By Military1 Staff

When new recruits enlist in the Air Force, they will have choose a career path based on the results of their ASVAB scores called an Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). The AFSC you choose will determine what kind training new airman will particpate in after basic. To help you decide which job would be best for you, look back at your ASVAB scores at the areas in which you scored the highest. These areas will show your strengths and at what jobs you might excel.

Below is a list of possible Air Force Specialty Codes available to recruits enlisting in the Air Force. 

1A Aircrew Operations

  • 1A0X1 In-Flight Refueling
  • 1A1X1 Flight Engineer
  • 1A3X1 Aircraft Loadmaster
  • 1A4X1 Airborne Mission Systems
  • 1A4X1 Airborne Battle Management Systems
  • 1A6X1 Flight Attendent
  • 1A7X1 Aerial Gunner1A8X1 Airborne Cryptologic Linguist

1C Command and Control Systems Operations

  • 1C0X2 Aviation Resource Management
  • 1C1X1 Air Traffic Control
  • 1C2X1 Combat Control
  • 1C3X1 Command Post
  • 1C4X1 Tactical Air Command and Control
  • 1C5X1 Aerospace Control and Warning Systems
  • 1C6X1 Space Systems Operations
  • 1C7X1 Airfield Management

1N Intelligence

  • 1N1X1 Imagery Analysis
  • 1N2X1 Communications Signals Intelligence Production
  • 1N3XX Cryptologic Linguist
  • 1N4X1 Network Intelligence Analysis
  • 1N5X1 Electronic Signal Intelligence Exploitation
  • 1N6X1 Electronic Systems Security Assesment

1T Aircrew Protection

  • 1T1X1 Aircrew Life Support
  • 1T2X1 Pararescue

1S Safety

1W Weather

  • 1W0X1 Weather
  • Combat Weather (Special Duty Assignment)

Maintenance & Logistics

  • 2A Manned Aerospace Maintenance
  • 2A0X1 Avionics Test Stations and Components
  • 2A3X1 A-10, F-15, and U-2 Avionics Systems
  • 2A3X2 F-16, F-117, RQ-1, and CV-22 Avionics Systems
  • 2A3X3 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance
  • 2A5X1 Aerospace Maintenance
  • 2A5X2 Helicopter Maintenance
  • 2A5X3 Integrated Avionics Systems
  • 2A6X1 Aerospace Propulsion
  • 2A6X2 Aerospace Propulsion
  • 2A6X3 Aircrew Egress Systems
  • 2A6X4 Aircraft Fuel Systems
  • 2A6X5 Aircraft Hydraulic Systems
  • 2A6X6 Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems
  • 2A7X1 Aircraft Metals Technology
  • 2A7X2 Nondestructive Inspection
  • 2A7X3 Aircraft Structural Maintenance
  • 2A7X4 Survival Equipment

2E Communication and Electronics

  • 2E0X1 Ground Radar Systems
  • 2E1X1 Satellite, Wideband, and Telemetry Systems
  • 2E1X2 Airfield Systems
  • 2E1X3 Ground Radio Communications
  • 2E1X4 Visual Imagery and Intrusion Detection Systems
  • 2E2X1 Computer, Network, Switching, and Cryptographic Systems
  • 2E6X2 Communications Cable and Antenna Systems
  • 2E6X3 Voice Networks

2F Fuels

2G Logistic Plans

2M Missile and Space Systems Maintenance

  • 2M0X1 Missile and Space Systems Electrical Maintenance
  • 2M0X2 Missile and Space Systems Maintenance
  • 2M0X3 Missile and Space Facilities

2P Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory

  • 2P0X1 Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory

2R Maintenance Management Systems

  • 2R0X1 Maintenance Management Analysis
  • 2R1X1 Maintenance Management Production

2S Supply

  • 2S0X1 Supply Management
  • 2S0X2 Supply Systems Analysis

2T Transportation and Vehicle Maintenance

  • 2T0X1 Traffic Management
  • 2T1X1 Vehicle Operations
  • 2T2X1 Air Transportation
  • 2T3X1 Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Maintenance
  • 2T3X2 Spec Vehicle Maintenance
  • 2T3X5 Vehicle Body Maintenance
  • 2T3X7 Vehicle Management and Analysis

2W Munitions and Weapons

  • 2W0X1 Munitions Systems
  • 2W1X1 Aircraft Armament Systems
  • 2W2X1 Nuclear Weapons

Support

  • 3A Information Management
  • 3A0X1 Information Management

3C Communications and Computer Systems

  • 3C0X1 Communication-Computer Systems Operations
  • 3C0X2 Communication- Computer Systems Programming
  • 3C1X1 Radio Communication Systems
  • 3C1X2 Electromagnetic Spectrum Management
  • 3C2X1 Communication-Computer Systems Control
  • 3C3X1 Communication-Computer Systems Planning and Implementation

3H Historian

3M Services

3N Public Affairs

  • 3N0X1 Public Affairs
  • 3N0X2 Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • 3N1X1 Regional Band
  • 3N2X1 Premier Band

3P Security Forces (Military Police)

3E Civil Engineering

  • 3E0X1 Electrical Systems
  • 3E0X2 Electric Power Production
  • 3E1X1 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
  • Equipment
  • 3E3X1 Structural
  • 3E4X1 Utilities Systems
  • 3E4X2 Liquid Fuel Systems Maintenance
  • 3E4X3 Pest Management
  • 3E5X1 Engineering
  • 3E6X1 Operations Management
  • 3E7X1 Fire Protection
  • 3E8X1 Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • 3E9X1Emergency Management

3S Mission Support

  • 3S0X1 Personnel
  • 3S1X1 Equal Opportunity
  • 3S2X1 Education and Training

3U Manpower

3V Visual Information

  • 3V0X0 Visual Information Services
  • 3V0X1 Visual Information
  • 3V0X2 Still Photography
  • 3V0X3 Visual Information Production- Documentation

Medical and Dental

  • 4X Medical
  • 4A0X1 Health Services Management
  • 4A1X1 Medical Materiel
  • 4A2X1 Biomedical Equipment
  • 4B0X1 Bio-environmental Engineering
  • 4C0X1 Mental Health Service
  • 4D0X1 Diet Therapy
  • 4E0X1 Public Health
  • 4H0X1 Cardiopulmonary Lab
  • 4J0X2 Physical Medicine
  • 4M0X1 Aerospace Physiology
  • 4N0X1 Aerospace Medical Service
  • 4N1X1 Surgical Services
  • 4P0X1 Pharmacy
  • 4R0X1 Diagnostic Imaging
  • 4T0X1 Medical Laboratory
  • 4T0X2 Histopathology
  • 4T0X3 Cytotechnology
  • 4V0X1 Optometry

4Y Dental

  • 4Y0X1 Dental Assistant
  • 4Y0X2 Dental Lab

Legal and Chaplain

  • 5J Paralegal
  • 5J0X1 Paralegal

5R Chaplain Assistant

Finance and Contracting

  • 6C Contracting
  • 6C0X1 Contracting

6F Financial

  • 6F0X1 Financial Management and Controller

Special Investigations

  • 7S Special Investigations (OSI)
  • 7S0X1 Special Investigations (Air Force OSI)

Special Duty Assignments

  • 8X Special Duty Identifiers
  • 8A100 Career Assistance Advisor
  • 8A200 Enlisted Aid
  • 8B000 Military Training Instructor
  • 8B100 Military Training Leader
  • 8B200 Academy Military Training NCO
  • 8C000 Family Support Center
  • 8D000 Linguist Debriefer/Interrogator
  • 8E000 Research and Development Technician
  • 8F000 First Sergeant
  • 8G000 USAF Honor Guard
  • 8J000 Correctional Custody Supervisor
  • 8M000 Postal
  • 8P000 Courier
  • 8P100 Defense Attache
  • 8R000 Recruiter
  • 8S000 Missile Facility Manager
  • 8S100 Sensor Operator
  • 8T000 PME Instructor

9X Special Reporting Identifiers

  • 9A000 Airman Awaiting Retraining–Disqualified for Reasons Beyond Control
  • 9A100 Airman Awaiting Retraining-Disqualified for Reasons Within Control
  • 9A200 Airman Awaiting Discharge, Sep, Retired for Reasons Within Control
  • 9A300 Airman Awaiting Discharge, Sep, Retired for Reasons Beyond Control
  • 9C000 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
  • 9D000 Dormitory Manager
  • 9E000 Command Chief Master Sergeant
  • 9F000 First Term Airmen Center
  • 9J000 Prisoner
  • 9L000 Interpreter/Translator
  • 9P000 Patient
  • 9R000 Civil Air Patrol (CAP)-USAF Reserve Assistant NCOs
  • 9S100 Technical Applications Specialist
  • 9T000 Basic Airmen
  • 9T100 Officer Trainee
  • 9T200 Pre-cadet Assignee
  • 9U000 Airman Ineligible for Local Utilization
  • 9U100 Unallotted Airman Authorization

1W0X1 - Weather

Official Description

One factor plays a major role in the success of any military operation - the weather. Weather persons analyze and forecast atmospheric weather and space environment conditions for military decision-makers. They work in a fast-paced, computer-intensive job environment and travel around the world to support Air Force and Army operations. Throughout their training and careers, Air Force weather persons gain an in-depth understanding of the Earth's atmosphere and how to predict changes using satellite, radar and computer models. They also study how to decode weather messages and use automated systems to plot the information on charts.

TL;DRRequirement
ASVAB RequiredG-66
VisionColor
SpecialAble to speak distinctly
Security ClearanceAt least Secret, up to TS/SCI.
CCAF EarnedMeteorology
Civilian marketabilityNeutral
DeploymentsOccasional
Base choicesMost

Detailed Description

Weather forecasters are responsible for providing timely, accurate weather data to local and transient aircrews. You will often work in a high stress, fast paced environment where numerous people will depend on you to provide critical data. Conversely, you may also work in very low stress environments depending on where you are stationed. There are numerous opportunities in this career field not afforded to others as we also provide all of the Army's weather, and as such are embedded in their units.

What an average day is like

Because there are numerous different sides of the weather career field, there is no typical day to day. There are three key sides of weather: Air Force Weather (hub), Air Force Weather (OSS) and Army Support. In any of these assignments, if you are fresh out of tech school, you will spend your time learning about local forecasting as well as tackling your CDCs. Once you have completed your 5-level CDCs and local training, you will be a part of ops. At the hub, this means that you will be forecasting for a location on a different part of the planet that you can't actually see. You will rely on model data, surface observations, and satellite imagery to build Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) and graphics products. Your day will either be 8 or 12 hours long depending on manning. In the OSS environment, you will work as an observer and a forecaster supporting operations on the base you are assigned to. Again, this can be 8 or 12 hours long depending on local manning/ops requirements. You work closely with numerous base agencies to ensure safety. On the Army side of things, you will train with the Army, to include field training. You'll get more hands on experience with field equipment. When not in the field, you're typically in an office doing standard forecasting or admin work.

Other details

This job is not for everyone. While sometimes it is incredibly slow and boring, there are many times you find yourself at the center of attention, giving commanders definitive yes/no answers on the future. It can be incredibly high stress and comes with a great deal of criticism from your customers. You must be able to accept that you can't be right 100% of the time, and you must also be able to accept that people will be upset at you when you're wrong.

Culture

The culture is unique. There is a broad spectrum of personalities inside of the weather career field. There are operator wannabes who are amped about fitness, there are uber-nerds who don't like talking, and there is everything in between. Typically, everyone manages to get along at work. However, because of the nature of the job, people become incredibly nit-picky about each others work. No two forecasters will have the same opinion on what the weather will do, and as such they are always trying to correct each others forecasts after a shift change. Additionally, you work very closely with your officers in this career field. This often means a lot of unnecessary policy change and new rules as fresh lieutenants make a name for themselves (primarily an issue at hubs). LTs are often subject to extreme oversight by squadron leadership in hub environments due to concerns about professionalism. Unfortunately, you can be close to your airmen at work, but you are forbidden from hanging out with them outside of work (sans work functions/morale events). Everyone below the rank of O3 or E6 will be treated like a child in a hub environment. On the OSS or Army support side of things, you are treated like adults.

Tech School

The technical training is 8 months long and takes place at Keesler Air Force Base. It is very fast-paced and gets very in-depth on how the atmosphere works. The difficulty is entirely up to the individual. For those who are science-minded and are able to visualize how the weather works in 3 dimensions, this training may not be very challenging. For those who are not, the school work will require you to study extensively in order to pass. The washout rate is above average, but still not too bad. With some dedication, anyone can make it through this course.

Career Development Courses (CDCs)

There are sets of CDCs, each set containing 3 volumes. Each book is roughly 200 pages long. It is a more in-depth version of what you learned in tech school, with lessons on physics, thermodynamics, Radar/radar theory, and atmospheric dynamics. They are lengthy and often very dry. However, some of what is contained in those books is extremely helpful and will make you a much better forecaster.

A.A.S in Meteorology

Advanced Training

There are no 5 or 7 level schools, but there are numerous courses you can take at Keesler or other bases throughout your career. Ex: Tropical Weather school, BWIQT, etc.

Ability to do schoolwork

Once your 5 level is complete, you are free to begin schoolwork. It is often difficult to attend in person as you are normally a shift worker and the shifts rotate every couple of months. However, with decent leadership, you will be able to finish out a semester of classes on one shift. If not, there's always online classes.

Security Clearance

A Secret is required at a minimum, but you can go as high as TS/SCI depending on who you work for.

Base Choices

Almost all Air Force Bases and Army Garrisons.

Deployments

Varies depending on assignment. You may deploy as often as the Army unit you're attached to, or not at all in some cases.

Civilian marketability

This depends on who you know. If you have a broadcasting degree and on-screen experience, you may be able to get a job at a local TV station. If that's not your thing, you may be able to find a job observing at a small airfield, but those are not easy to come by. There are government contractor positions available in places like Antarctica and Iraq that pay fairly well, but they are only 1 year rotations. For the most part, this job requires a bachelors or higher in order to be marketable. The future of weather is in models so if you're serious about pursuing meteorology, you'll a Masters in meteorology and a lot of experience programming.


revision by SilentD13S/ROTC Cadre— view source

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