Loadmasters perform their duties during extensive trips to all areas of the world. They are responsible for supervising the loading and unloading of cargo, vehicles and people on a variety of aircraft. A loadmaster's duties include mathematically preplanning the correct placement of the load on the airplane, providing passenger comfort and safety, securing cargo and taking part in airdrop operations. Loadmasters are on flying status as an aircrew member and are required to fly as part of the job.
Those interested in becoming an aircraft loadmaster must meet certain eligibility criteria. Candidates must be a high school graduate or equivalent, earn a general score of at least 57 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test and able to lift 70 pounds or more. Candidates must also meet the qualifications for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges.
To become an aircraft loadmaster, individuals will undergo several technical training courses before being assigned to their first duty station. These courses include the Enlisted Aircrew Undergraduate Course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, the Combat Survival Training Course at Fairchild AFB, Wash., the Water Survival-Parachuting Course at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and the Basic Loadmaster Course at either Altus AFB, Okla., or Little Rock AFB, Ark.