You might be asking, "what is a jtac" well... It is a joint terminal attack controller, I've always heard joint tactical air controller... Soo the
control air that's the gist any way.
Not just any boot can call in an air strike to help prevent blue on blue and civilian casualties. Jtacs are supposedly a touch on the nerdy/brainy
side to be able to do their job efficiently, this doesn't mean that some Jtacs haven't been pipe hitting monsters with a ma deuce but they need a
little bit extra upstairs over your normal operator. A lot of math and numbers to crunch in high stress environments.. Mistakes can kill hundreds.
This guy for example killed 200 bad guys in a single day.. Tough for a shiper to keep up with that lol
A really good book to get a bit of an inside look at what Jtacs have to do is "level zero heroes: the story of US special forces marines in bala
murghab afgansitan. Great great read. It really highlights the one arm tied behind our back approach that's been recently pushed forward in The
RoE(rules of engagement)
Anyone have any awesome jtac stories?
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Ya for sure , the stories out of the MACSOGv guys from the Vietnam era are the ones that I think I like the most. Modern kit and gadgets for the most
part but ww2 balls and tactics. Some of these guys make Rambo look like a keyboard warrior lol. i just recently learned of George Washington bacon.
He's pretty awesome and funny lol. Dude was a bad ass but a genius/eccentric all at the same time.
Don't get me wrong I got so much love for those guys and snipers and all infantry in general, I've just seen zilch about Jtacs until recently. And
from what I've read they deserve some love lol they got it hard. They remind me of almost a wall street floor trader fighting with other Jtacs for
the little air support there is all the while having to crunch the numbers and hope to god you don't kill all your brothers.. All while being shot at
and shooting back.. It's a pretty crazy job.. You almost have to float above the commander and have to watch and predict what's going to happen...
It's a job that would require some serious mental awareness (just my outsiders opinion of course)
JTACs only do air power. There are Mortar Fire Controllers (MFCs) and Forward Observers/Forward Observation Officers (FOOs) for mortars and artillery.
These guys can be grouped together or not depending on the assets available for the op. They usually work as part of the CO/OCs group depending on the
size of the task.
Snipers are very well equipped to call in CAS in the USMC our scout snipers in an infantry battalion are referred to as STA platoon for strategic
target acquisition. I do not know all the specifics of how the air force do things but will say that I have always been taught that knowing how to use
a radio is the deadliest weapon you have in your arsenal. Calling for fire is not that difficult if you know where you are and where your target is.
Also in the USMC we have a group called ANGLICO and those dudes pretty much do the same thing as your JTAC's and more.
Since they retired the battleships they can't. I'm not sure how naval gunfire would work these days. We just happened to have a very accurate
location when a SA-7 was shot at our helo. We called it in and the New Jersey fired to that position. There was no need for a correction.
all fire is still routed through the FDC, for naval Funfire you can still call in grid, polar, and shift methods and GPS if you have coordinates on a
static target on hand, everything still uses the warning order
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