Updated: Nov 2019

Specialty Summary

1A6X1 Flight Attendant Duties: Provides for safety of passengers. Plans, coordinates, and manages cabin duties. Performs aircrew functions. Manages flight attendant activities and related duties.

Prior qualification in any AFSC at the 5-skill level (3 level if no 5 level).
Tech School



Aviation Operations

Duty Badge

Enlisted Aircrew Badge








Total: 215

For Entry Into This Specialty


Administrative: 50


70 lbs

  • Prior qualification in any AFSC at the 5-skill level (3 level if no 5 level).
  • Minimum age of 21.
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license to operate government motor vehicles (GMV).
  • Must maintain eligibility to deploy and mobilize worldwide.
  • Height must not be less than 64 inches or more than 77 inches.
  • Specialty requires routine access to Top Secret material or similar environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provides for passenger safety during aircraft operations. Demonstrates and maintains proficiency in emergency equipment use, emergency procedures, and egress. Briefs passengers on normal and non-normal use of aircraft systems and equipment. Responsible for orderly expeditious evacuation of passengers and crew. Provides emergency medical assistance.

Performs preflight, through-flight, and post flight inspections of aircraft emergency, cabin, and galley equipment. Operates aircraft systems and equipment such as electrical, environmental, water, interphone, doors, and exits. Responsible for cleanliness of aircraft interior away from home station.

Performs direct contact between the USAF and the passenger. Plans all menus and coordinates meals on normal and non-normal use of aircraft systems and equipment requirements. Provides for passenger comfort during aircraft operations. Provides highest level of service, etiquette, and protocol as the direct contact between the USAF and passengers. Passengers include but are not limited to US and foreign senior military and governmental leaders.

Purchases required foodstuffs and supplies to serve meals and beverages. Stores and preserves food items. Uploads and stows food and fleet items as necessary. Prepares meals utilizing the fundamentals of culinary arts, including knife skills, basic cooking methods (baking, braising, sautéing, etc.), and making sauces and emulsions. .Ensures proper procedures, temperatures, and time periods are adhered during food preparation and service. Sets up serving trays, garnishes food items, and applies food protection and sanitation measures at all times. Provides cabin service and monitors passengers in-flight.

Performs loading and off-loading of aircraft. Coordinates with military and civilian airfield agencies to acquire supplies and transportation. Validates passenger manifest. Performs passenger and baggage inspections. Applies restraint devices such as straps and nets to prevent shifting during flight. Ensures access to escape exits. Directs safety, security, and fire prevention procedures.

Establishes, supervises, and directs aircrew training. Develops and directs instruction in equipment operation and flight attendant activities. Ensures standardized procedures are used to teach in-flight equipment operation, baggage handling, meal service, customer service, form documentation, emergency procedures, and egress. Determines need for specific instruction, and establishes training programs on flight attendant activities.

Evaluates flight attendant activities. Evaluates compliance with technical manuals, regulations, and work standards. Serves on or directs flight attendant inspection teams to evaluate in-flight duties and operational programs. Interprets inspection reports and prescribes corrective actions.

Manages flight attendant activities. Coordinates flight attendant activities. Resolves operational problems.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: normal and emergency aircraft procedures, emergency equipment location and use, first aid, galley equipment, food handling, culinary arts including knife skills, basic cooking methods (baking, braising, sautéing etc.), and making sauces and emulsions, dispensing food and beverages aboard aircraft, customer service and relations, communications, technical publications and flying directives, border agency clearance.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in home economics, customer service, and speech are desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 1A631, completion of the Flight Attendant course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of AFSC indicated:

  • 1A651. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A631. Also, experience in mission planning and management, culinary skills, supervising flight attendant activities.
  • 1A671. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A651. Also, experience managing flight attendant activities.
  • 1A691. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A671. Also, experience in directing flight attendant activities, analyzing and interpreting directives.

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