The Air Force intends to nearly double the number of airmen serving as combat aviation advisers under Air Force Special Operations Command.
The advisers serve as AFSOC’s partner force trainers, sent abroad to mentor special operations air crews in allied nations.
Although the career field has grown in recent years, the number of advisers, or CAAs, still falls short of desired levels.
“We currently stand at roughly 180 CAAs including our [Air Force] Reserve component at the 919th SOW,” Maggie Nave, an AFSOC public affairs official, told Air Force Times. “We are looking to grow to about 352 CAAs.”
The effort to double the CAA career field is being guided by goals within the National Defense Strategy, according to Military.com, which first reported the news.