The standards for entry into a career as a Navy Air Traffic Controller (AC) are understandably high. In addition to facing serious coursework challenges at the 20-week course at Class “A” Technical School at the NATTC in Pensacola—anecdotal stories of high dropout rates are common—an AC also has to deal with the fact that his decisions can carry life-or-death consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Air Traffic Controller is consistently ranked among the top five most stressful occupations—and that is in the civilian domain. The fact that the aircraft an AC deals with are often carrying ordnance, magnifying the potential damage of any mishap, can only serve to make things even more tense.
Fortunately, the constant training an AC receives over the course of his career development goes a long way toward assuaging stress. By learning and mastering all the appropriate steps to take in the event of mishap or unexpected event, the Navy Air Traffic Controller has all the resources necessary to stay calm and on focus even under the most taxing circumstances.