Our job is to bring that firepower to
the enemy and integrate everything that is air-to-ground and vice versa. TACPs are best utilized by other branches. We’re going to be working with the Army, the Marines, even potentially Navy. You’re going to be
relied upon as a sole individual to be the Communication specialist and that
joint fire specialist for potentially thousands of individuals.
Whatever’s flying you can talk to it. Whatever’s on the ground you can link up with it. TACPs are always working on radios
for communication, map skills for targeting, and knowing what’s the latest
and greatest. Our job while not deployed is to train as if you are deployed. That’s how you’re constantly developing your skills, so that once you do get downrange it’s second nature. When you want to become a TACP, you graduate Basic Training just as anybody else would, and you go on to the TACP schoolhouse.
After the TACP schoolhouse, you’ll continue on to survival training,
and once that’s completed you go on to your unit where
most of your training is going to be conducted. You’re going to find what you’re
truly made of both physically and mentally. If you have that mental fortitude to press on even when you think that your body is giving in then you’re going to make it. What motivated me to be a TACP initially was I wanted to be actively engaged in combat. I wanted to go and I wanted to fight
whatever enemy was opposing America. I wanted to be one of those individuals
who was doing some sort of specialty work. When we get downrange our job is not
only to take care of ourselves, but it’s to take care of our counterpart. It’s not just to bring the capabilities that we have;
it’s to quite literally pick up that extra weight. If we need to cross load and take some of the gear,
we’re going to do it. If there is somebody within that area of
operations that needs you, you’re going to be going. Tracking friendlies is the most important part of our job and ensuring that they get home from the battlefield.