Joint Terminal Attack Controller, A Primary MOS For The Future
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Over the past couple of years, the joint terminal attack controller JTAC has become a pivotal military occupational specialty MOS. From distributed operations DO in Afghanistan to Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company ANGLICO supporting Iraqi Army, U.S. Army, Naval Special Warfare, and Marine Reconnaissance units, JTACs synchronize, apply, and link the aviation combat element ACE and the ground combat element GCE. Combined arms, all fire support assets to include aviation delivered ordnance in perfect balance with maneuver, is an essential part of maneuver warfare. JTACs, particularly with ANGLICO, have become the face of combined arms in both planning, integration of joint assets, and execution providing other services the expertise that only the Marine air ground task force MAGTF can provide. However, JTAC billets have been difficult to fill, and a new approach is needed. Because of increasing demand with the MOS, lengthy initial training, and rapid turnover, the JTAC MOS must become a primary MOS to sustain requirements in the operating forces.
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