Updated: Oct 2019

Specialty Summary

Performs and manages air transportation activities. Plans, schedules and processes eligible passengers and cargo for air movement. Loads and unloads passengers, cargo, and baggage moved on military and commercial-contract aircraft. Prepares and maintains air movement records and reports. Performs aircraft cleaning services and delivers meals and comfort item supplies to aircraft. Operates forklifts and aircraft loading equipment. Uses computer systems to provide in-transit visibility over passenger and cargo movement operations.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Supports the Department of Defense’s capability to move passengers and air cargo worldwide. Plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and controls air transportation activities. Determines and justify personnel, equipment, and facilities required to accomplish air transportation functions. Supplements policies, directs personnel, and establishes procedures to process, load, document, and report passengers and cargo transported by air, including paratroops and cargo moved using aerial delivery methods. Inspects airlift activities for compliance and recommends corrective action. Conducts personnel and equipment management surveys, and provides technical assistance as required. Enforces safety, quality control, and security measures.

Offers customer information on flight schedules, routes, air movement requirements, baggage limitations, and specifics on local facilities. Performs procedures to check in, process, schedule, transport, and escort passengers to and from aircraft. Ensures all passenger border clearance requirements have been met. Operates terminal security equipment and conducts passenger and baggage security inspections. Reviews passenger travel authorizations for validity and accuracy. Applies tariff rates, collects fares, and accounts for documents and monies. Use automated systems to provide in-transit visibility and to document passenger movement operations. Develops procedures for handling special category passengers.

Verifies eligibility of cargo offered for airlift. Ensures all cargo documentation, packaging, labeling and marking requirements, and border clearance requirements have been met. Determines quantity and type of cargo to be loaded according to aircraft allowable cabin load. Selects, assembles, palletizes, and transports cargo loads to and from aircraft and storage areas. Checks cargo against manifests and annotates shipment overages, shortages, or damages. Secures cargo with appropriate restraint equipment. Packs cargo parachutes, rigs airdrop platforms, and loads aircraft performing aerial delivery tactics. Uses automated systems to provide in-transit visibility and to document cargo movement operations. Determines and implements necessary safety and security precautions for handling and storing hazardous materials, special cargo, mail, and baggage.

Performs air terminal operations and fleet service functions. Prepares, completes, and maintains air movement records, documents, and reports. Selects load, prepares load plans, and computes aircraft center of balance. Plans and manages fleet service activities to provide cleaning, lavatory servicing, and meal delivery on aircraft. Completes actions to requisition, store, and issue expendable and nonexpendable items for use on aircraft.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Passengers and cargo movement functions to include transport aircraft types, capabilities, and configurations; weight and balance factors; airlift transportation directives and documentation; cargo securing techniques; border clearance requirements; operation of material handling and other types of loading equipment or devices, fleet service functions; automated data processing equipment and its application in airlift activities; passenger service functions, and customer relations principles; and aerial delivery methods and equipment.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or a general educational development equivalency with courses in English, Computer Operation, and Mathematics is desirable.

Training. For award of 2T231 AFSC, completion of the basic air transportation course is mandatory. Note: ARC personnel with prior service may complete TPC Basic Transportation Course. In addition, these personnel must complete knowledge training on all tasks taught in the initial skills course combined with additional mandatory requirements identified by the ARC MFM and approved by the 2T2 CFM. Only after completing mandated OJT are prior service personnel awarded a 3-skill level.

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

  • 2T251. Qualification in and possession of 2T231 AFSC. In addition, experience in functions such as loading and unloading aircraft; operating automated or manual materials handling and other loading equipment and processing, scheduling, and maintaining records related to passenger and cargo movement.
  • 2T271. Qualification in and possession of 2T251 AFSC. In addition, experience supervising functions such as preparing aircraft load plans; loading and unloading aircraft; operating automated and manual materials handling equipment, processing, scheduling, and maintaining records on passenger movement by airlift.
  • 2T291. Qualification in and possession of 2T271 AFSC. Also, experience in managing all facets of air transportation operations is highly desirable.

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