Job Description: Air Support Operations Operators perform duties that support the integration of aviation with the Ground Combat Element (GCE). They are responsible for processing immediate requests for close air support, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and assault support; integrating aviation with other supporting arms and ensuring safety of flight for aircraft throughout the MAGTF area of operations. Their efforts support the management of combat airspace and the delivery of kinetic and non-kinetic aviation fires in support of ground forces. 

  • Branch Branch: Marines
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: 7242
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $39,806
  • Entry Type Entry Type: Enlisted
  • Required Test ASVAB: GT: 100
  • Degree Degree: High School
  • Age Age: 17-29
  • Citizen Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
  • Category Category: Air Control/Air Support/Anti-air Warfare/Air Traffic Control
Average Age
25 Average Age
Average Age
333 Number Employed
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3.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Air Support Liaison Teams, Good pay and benefits, The Brotherhood, Title of Marine

Cons: No transferable skills in the civilian world, Nothing to do but busy work when not deployed

Location: MCAS Miramar San Diego, CA


Basically 911 operator and ATC without certification combined. Very stressfully job because if you mess up people die. As an 7242 you can either work in the Direct Air Support Company or the Tactical Air Command Center. MOS school is at 29 Palms. Your job is to take request from ground forces and decided what aircraft are best suited for the mission and then route them via control points until the Forward Air Controller can take control. I would not recommend this MOS it leaves you with no marketable skills when you leave the Corps. It also promotes very slow usually about the same as 0311.