Indeed!Just a friendly heads up, but TACP requirements are something you can easily find on your own by using google or the ever elusive "Search" function provided by this site. Military life requires a lot of initiative and work, might as well start getting used to that idea now and do a little research on your own before asking people to hand feed you the info you're after. Best of luck to you!
Thank you so much for this. I really do appreciate it!I am in your shoes. Seriously, just search this site all over, you will find answers to most of your questions. I don't have any interest in TACP nor do I know the requirements, but they are probably out there. Search the site, make a plan, use these folks to refine your plans/areas of focus once you've formed a plan. I've gotten a lot of little tips along the way pertaining to the medical or preparation side of things and 2/3rds of those I didn't even have to ask.
If you want some good things to read, just look around for things related to TACP and learn about the job and its requirements. If you want preparation advice, check out what x SF med has written in the past. He has come up quite frequently in my searches and has offered some of the simplest and most honest advice you could ever ask for that applies to pretty much anything. I can honestly say I use advice I have read here every single day now that I am in medic school and it definitely keeps things in perspective, especially when I hit those long stretches of early mornings, late nights, and little sleep. So advice of someone who lurks here for many of the same reasons as you? Abuse the shit out of that search bar.
True story.I'm not a TACP but I have a friend in the Air Force who puts gas in the trucks that drive out to the planes and he saw a TACP once and he said that they can run for hundreds of miles and lift thousands of pounds and that becoming one is an unattainable feat...
To add on to this, and this is light years away for you right now but still a valuable lesson, think about how grammar could keep you from going on missions. As a TACP you may be the only USAF dude with a particular unit. You'll have officers and NCOs somewhere over you, but maybe they're back at the Brigade TOC and you're the lone motherfucker at an infantry company. It's your responsibility to come up with certain briefings and parts of OPORDs and CONOPs. How do you think a seasoned infantry officer is going to perceive a brief full of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors? That's the level of professionalism and attention to detail you're presenting, yet you want him to trust you to employ combat aircraft loaded with thousands of pounds of ordnance in close proximity to friendly troops. Not just friendly troops even, his men. Men he's already fought and bled beside. Friends that have shared in hardship, loss, and privation. And here's some Air Force fuck who can't even make a couple of PowerPoint slides, yet wants to drop bombs around his dudes. Something to think about.Since that particular cat is out of the bag, I'll point out that proper grammar and spelling are much more important than most people think. Words matter, and the way you express yourself in writing may be the deciding factor in whether a door opens for you.
This applies throughout the military, but especially so in a field that requires exactitude.