Marines Open Up Forward Air Controller Slots To Non-Aviators

By Thomas Duffy / May 6, 2003 at 5:00 AM
Faced with the increasing size, complexity and operational strains of the modern battlefield and a finite number of Marine Corps forward air controllers, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee is changing current service policy and opening up more FAC slots to non-aviators. Marine Corps policy restricts non-aviators from terminally controlling close-air support aircraft even if they have gone through the same training and met other criteria, Hagee states in a policy memorandum issued yesterday. "Even then, they can only control...

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