This is pt. 4 of a series about CCT (Pt. 1 here; pt. 2 here; pt. 3 here)

Doing work

For years, controller trainees have been learning the basics of combat control while being pushed to the limit physically. When it’s finally time to deploy, the basics should be automatic at this point, leaving room to properly grasp the current situation. Once you step off that plane with your gear, you’re the expert. Everyone is looking to you.

Surprisingly to some, the most important part of being a CCT is mission planning. It’s the part everyone hates the most during training, but really becomes the bulk of your job while deployed. You’ve got to be flexible, personable, and available. Your ODA or SEAL team is going to function primarily during the day. They are busy training the locals, maintaining equipment, and occasionally hitting the roof for a little sun time. And they’ll need and expect your help around the camp.