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Fatigue is a known threat to individuals, especially in high demanding and risky tasks, because of its physical, mental, and emotional consequences. In high reliability organizations (HRO), fatigue is a hazard to safety management systems and requires effective mitigation strategies. At the individual level, recovery experiences enable the ability to manage stressful situations at work but can also be effective in dealing with fatigue. In this research, 137 military pilots and air traffic controllers from the Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) responded to an online survey. The results showed that both samples were especially impacted by mental fatigue, but air traffic controllers are more able to use recovery to deal with their job´s demands. Mitigation strategies and possible explanations for the differences between participant groups are analyzed and discussed.