Army National Guard Units (Title 32) AERIAL DELIVERY SPECIALIST in Birmingham, Alabama

Army National Guard Units (Title 32)
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Birmingham, AL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/28/2016 (26 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for merit promotion or appointment without regard to age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor.

The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your States and your community! This position is located in the Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics (DCSLOG) G4, Distribution Management Division, Supply and Services Branch, Aerial Delivery Logistics Facility (ADLF), Army National Guard (ARNG). The primary purpose of this position is to perform a multi faceted broad spectrum of aerial delivery functions, necessary for management of day-to-day aerial delivery operations. This includes, but is not limited to, airdrop and airdrop inspections of equipment and personnel, rigging responsibilities, unit deployment training, personnel and cargo manifesting, Joint Inspection, load planning, determining cargo/personnel eligibility, directly responsible for safe and efficient loading/offloading of DOD-owned and controlled aircraft. Support sometimes includes aerial delivery support of non-DoD agencies. EXCEPTED POSITION: Alabama Army National Guard membership is required. POSITION STATUS: NON-MERIT LOCATION: 20TH SF, BIRMINGHAM, AL SELECTING OFFICIAL: CW2 R. BURNS Permanent Change of Station Authorization: IAW Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) PCS entitlements will be paid to any on board permanent status technician selected through an advertisement process as long as the commuting distance increases more than 50 miles and a service agreement is signed stating that the employee will remain in the federal service for a specified period of time (at least 12 months) following the effective date of the relocation. If the service agreement is broken, the employee is required to repay all PCS reimbursements and third party payments made on his/her behalf. All PCS authorizations must be completed NLT 1 year from the effective date of relocation.


ALABAMA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Alabama Army National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the Alabama Army National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Alabama Army National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement. AREA OF CONSIDERATION FOR ALABAMA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD POSITIONS: AREA 1: All permanent Alabama Army National Guard civilian excepted technicians currently employed. AREA 2: All other members of the Alabama Army National Guard. AREA 3: Individuals eligible for membership in the Alabama Army National Guard. (1) Inspects a variety of airdrop equipment such as parachutes, multi loop lines, extraction force transfer couplings, latch assembly couplings, cable assembly couplings, actuator assembly, release cargo parachute M-1, lanyard arming wire, connector parachute, timer delay assembly, link lower suspension, link assembly single suspension type IV, link assembly heavy duty, link 4 point, parachute release single knife, bracket suspension, and tie down cargo quick release. Performs visual, dimensional, hands on, and operational inspection of the above listed equipment at the prescribed times. These inspections are in accordance with warnings, cautions, Army Regulations (AR), Technical Manuals (TM), Field Manuals (FM) and Department of Army Pamphlets (DA PAM, Safety of Use Messages (SOUM), and notes and Ground Precautionary Messages (GPM), for airborne safety. (2) Prepares and conducts inspections of sling load equipment and sling load operations. Performs duties as inspector testers, pack-in-process inspector and final inspector. Performs initial inspection on all parachutes, textile and non-textile components, and airdrop containers. Conducts regular testing of parachute and newly issued airdrop equipment. Drop-tests troop-type personnel parachute to check proficiency. (3) Performs prioritized airdrop inspections, sequential work is determined, and pertinent ARs, TMs, FMs and DA PAMs have been reviewed. Independently performs assignments at the Aerial Delivery Logistics Facility (ADLF) when the supervisor is not present. Performs three separate inspections of airdrop loads/containers prior to the actual airdrop. The first inspection is the AR 59-4 directed shop final inspection required for that specified type of load. The second inspection is the "before loading inspection". (4) Rigs and prepares unilateral airdrop training loads to include type V or other airdrop platforms for airdrops. Fabricates container delivery systems loads, skid boards, and other associated airdrop items. Receives, unpacks, and inspects unit parachutes. Cleans, dries, inspects, and packs cargo and personnel parachutes after use. Maintains and repairs a variety of fabric, rubber, and metallic equipment. Operates and performs minor maintenance on sewing machines, punch presses, stenciling machines, and other similar equipment. Performs inspections and repair of cargo, deceleration, and extraction parachutes, and is responsible for certification. Performs Joint Airdrop Inspections as the aerial load inspector. (5) Performs drop zone control operations as Drop Zone Safety Officer. Conducts weather observations, wind speed, direction determination, marking drop zone with navigation aids and timing points, establishing and maintaining air to ground and point to point radio communications, relaying information to aircraft and to the Range Control Officer. (6) Plans, schedules, and trains Army National Guard (ARNG), United States Army (USA), United States Army Reserve (USAR), United States Marine Corp (USMC), United States Marine Corp Reserve (USMCR), Air National Guard (ANG), United States Air Force (USAF), United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR), United States Navy (USN), United States Navy Reserve (USNR) Coast Guard (CG) and Coast Guard Reserve (CGR) on the inspection and operations of aircraft loading equipment; mobility/contingency functions (i.e., load planning, pallet buildup, cargo courier responsibility and hazardous cargo preparation); and all core Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) specific tasks. (7) Inspects cargo for airlift to verify eligibility and ensures proper documentation, packaging, and marking in accordance with applicable DOD directives. Follows prescribed loading and safety procedures, calculates load restraints and secures cargo with appropriate devices and equipment. Performs Joint Airdrop Inspections (JAI) of various cargo loads rigged for airdrop prior to manifesting and loading of items for air shipment. (8) Performs other additional duties as assigned. COMPLETE PD IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HRO OFFICE.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be U.S. Citizen.
  • Must maintain Military Membership for continued employment.
  • Maximum Military Rank: SFC
  • Compatible Military Assignment: ECMF: 92R
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Security Clearance.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is mandatory.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Each applicant must fully substantiate (in his/her own words) that he/she meets the requirements of the specialized experience listed below; Otherwise, the applicant will be considered unqualified for this position. DO NOT COPY THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT OR THE POSITION DESCRIPTION. GENERAL EXPERIENCE: An applicant must have a validated understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the occupational series and grade. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: An applicant must have 12 months of working experiences in performing various aerial delivery functions, necessary for day-to-day aerial delivery operations. Experiences may include airdrop and airdrop inspections of equipment and personnel, rigging responsibilities, unit deployment training, personnel and cargo manifesting, joint inspection functions, load planning, determining cargo or personnel eligibility, performing the safe and efficient loading and off-loading of DoD-owned and controlled aircraft. Experienced in the aerial delivery support of non-DoD agencies. Experienced in requesting or receiving required repair parts, recording repair times as per appropriate technical manuals and processing close-out work reports. Experiences included some work in the inspection applications and routines for airdrop equipment. Competent in following applicable directives, such as Army regulations, technical manuals, field manuals and Army pamphlets, safety messages and ground precautionary messages for airborne safety. Experienced on performing inspection techniques. Experienced on the use of designed instruments and gauges, such as, tension meters, scales, micrometers, gauges, torque wrenches, tests sets, porosity, oxygen test sets, altitude chambers, altimeters, or protractors. Have some experiences in handling or inspecting sling-load equipment and sling-load operations. Experienced in performing duties such as inspector testers, pack-in-process inspector and/or final inspector. Experiences included the initial inspection on parachutes, textile and non-textile components, and airdrop containers. Experienced in the testing of parachute and newly issued airdrop equipment, to include conducting drop-tests troop-type personnel parachutes to check proficiency. Experienced in inspecting and classifying airdrop items to determine whether items are serviceable, repairable, or beyond economical repair. Experienced in receiving, maintaining, and issuing supplies. Applicant must understand the work activities performed in an Aerial Delivery Logistics Facility. May have some experiences in performing joint airdrop Inspections as the aerial load inspector. Experienced in deployment lesson plans for the following areas such as, material handling equipment, load plans, cargo preparation or pallet building, ramp coordinator, or cargo deployment function work-centers. Applicant has experiences in planning mass or special operations and aerial resupply operations in exceptionally diverse and varied terrain and environments. Experienced in performing daily and long-range utilization of the aerial delivery systems that ensured the accomplishment of assigned missions. Experienced in performing daily and long-range utilization of the aerial delivery systems that ensured the accomplishment of assigned missions. Applicant has experiences in complying with rules and directives as published by DoD service agencies along with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, International Civil Aeronautical Organization or Competent in complying with published instructions, work standards, technical publications and technical orders. Competent in the safety of equipment and material handled and for the safety of workers near rigged or aerial delivery objects. Experienced in the wear and care of appropriate safety equipment with demonstrated experiences in safety precautions. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of Aerial Delivery Operations and functions sufficient to plan, coordinate, facilitate, and expedite on-time movement of personnel, and airdrop cargo in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. Must possess skills and knowledge required to be certified in order to inspect, test, and perform quality assurance with 100% accuracy on all life support systems. Joint Air Inspection (JAI) and Jump Master (JM) qualifications/currency to identify through prescribed inspection processes to eliminate malfunctions that may affect the safety of aircraft/personnel, to ensure a safe and proper drop of personnel and airdrop load from aircraft, and to insure items offered/accepted for transport by air meet proper specifications.

  • Knowledge, skill and competency to handle, process, and ensure compatibility of hazardous materials being transported on aircraft.

  • Knowledge, skill and ability to train all branches of services and interagency members in Aerial Delivery Operations.

  • Skill and ability to analyze and determine causes of malfunctions relating to aerial drops.

  • Knowledge of drop zone control operations to direct and control drop zone operations.

  • Knowledge and ability to receive, store, and categorize aerial delivery items IAW with latest logistics DA PAMs and FMs.

  • Ability to select and assemble airdrop loads, and to load and offload aircraft.

  • Ability to operate a variety of materials handling equipment (MHE) utilized in moving cargo within the air terminal and to transport cargo to and from the aircraft (i.e., 4-10K forklifts, 25-60K aircraft loaders, etc.).

  • Knowledge of aircraft design, configuration, and limitations, obtains maximum utilization of space for Aerial Delivery Operations.

  • Knowledge of inspecting and testing of proper aerial delivery fabric materials with 100% accuracy for proper repair maintenance of air items.

  • Knowledge to interpret detailed specifications and blueprints or patterns for proper maintenance of aerial delivery items.

  • Knowledge of detailed safety inspection methods for aerial delivery of individual and cargo.

  • Knowledge to interpret detailed specifications, blueprints, TMs and FMs in order to maintain, repair, and inspect life support systems for high risk airborne operations High Altitude Low Opening (HALO)/High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) and combat dive airborne operations.

  • Knowledge of inspecting and testing of intricate Global Positioning System (GPS) and software related programs used for precision air drop.

  • Knowledge of terminal guidance for aircraft during Drop Zone (DZ)/Landing Zone (LZ) operations in order to insure safe delivery of personnel and equipment.

  • Knowledge of inspecting, testing, fitting, repair, of Military Free Fall oxygen systems.

  • Knowledge and inspection of personnel and equipment for maritime airborne operations.

  • Knowledge and inspection capability to perform sling load operations on varied aircraft.

  • Knowledge and skill of intricate tables, bars, charts and graphs in order to calculate weights, balances, ratios for proper rigging of equipment in all terrain environments.

  • Knowledge, skill and ability to plan work when detailed specifications are not available.

  • Skill, knowledge and ability to apply knowledge of shop mathematics, including fractions, equations, and plane measurements, to make more difficult calculations such as computing dimensions and laying out of circles, angles, curves, and irregular shapes. Ability to draw individual patterns, alter, or design standard patterns to fit special measurements.

  • Knowledge, skill and ability to work with a wide variety of fabrics and materials which includes newly developed materials. Apply a thorough knowledge of all types of fibers and blends, fabrics, and finishes, including knowledge of performance and handling characteristics such as dimensional stability, abrasion resistance, and heavy sensitivity. Ability to select materials to meet particular and mission specific needs.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:Must have a high school diploma or general education development diploma. . For award of the compatible skill MOS 92R, Parachute Rigger, review Smartbook PAM 611-21 and DA 611-1 to ensure that an applicant qualifies for award of the skill in order to meet the military qualification requirement for hire consideration and potential appointment to the dual status technician position.

COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: All applications will be considered regardless of Branch/AOC/FA/MOS. Incumbent will be required to be assigned to and qualify in a compatible military position. The selected individual may be required to attend formal technical school training in a military status. Compatible Military Assignment: ECMF: 92R Applicants do not have to possess this AOC to be certified as qualified. MILITARY GRADE: Only applicants within the military grade listed below will be considered. Please include your military grade on your resume. **Maximum Military Rank/Grade: SFC Individuals exceeding the maximum military grade are required to submit a letter along with resume agreeing to a military demotion if selected. This statement of understanding is required for basic qualification. All Federal Wage System (FWS) positions require a pre-appointment physical prior to in-processing. Other Requirements: For positions requiring the operation of motor vehicles, candidates must have a valid state driver's license for the state in which they live or are principally employed.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FXIf you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.


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Other Information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Salary Range: $22.30 to $26.03 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-5210-10/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 451858400

Job Announcement Number: ALAR 16-269