In a further attempt to modernize and increase the effectiveness of its ground forces, the Air Force has created a new Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) training unit.
The primary mission of Det 2, 6th Combat Training Squadron, will be to streamline training and create a standardized pipeline in the TACP career field.
The best-known duty of TACP operators is to coordinate close air support (CAS) in the battlefield as Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) – more popularly known as putting “warheads on foreheads.”
The more important update in the TACP pipeline will be its shortening from the current 18 months to just 21 weeks. The Air Force predicts that this will result in approximately 270 fully qualified TACP operators every year, as opposed to the current number of 220 partially qualified TACP operators. Moreover, the enhanced pipeline will lessen the burden from operational squadrons, which had to put fresh TACP operators assigned to them through a qualification training that was necessary for the operators to be considered deployable.