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Naval Aviators

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Naval Aviators

Whether planning a reconnaissance mission or targeting and destroying enemy interests, Naval Aviators embody the concept of air superiority and the ability to defend America’s interests anytime, anywhere.

Whether planning a reconnaissance mission or targeting and destroying enemy interests, Naval Aviators embody the concept of air superiority and the ability to defend America’s interests anytime, anywhere.

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About This Job

Search for underwater threats. Deliver payloads of incredible firepower or necessary manpower. Execute strategic aerial maneuvers anywhere from the stratosphere to just hundreds of feet above the sea. This is just a glimpse of your career as a Naval Aviator. You also may find yourself:

  • Flying some of the most innovative and high-tech aircraft in the world
  • Providing vital attack, defense and logistic support to the Fleet
  • Controlling and maintaining all internal and external aircraft systems
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Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) are important components in an exclusive, world-class group of Officers. This job will require you to perform at the best of your ability at all times. Making use of your advanced training and unparalleled knowledge to provide the utmost safety and security in the world’s skies.

As a Pilot, you may:

  • Take part in antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures, as well as search and rescue operations and vertical replenishment missions
  • Receive specialized training on the advanced tactical systems found on Navy aircraft
  • Conduct enemy surveillance by collecting photographic intelligence

As an NFO, you may:

  • Study aerodynamics, aircraft engine systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning and flight safety
  • Train and specialize in EA-6B Prowler electronic countermeasures aircraft, F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet jet fighters, E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft, and the new P-8A Poseidon antisubmarine aircraft
  • Electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles
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Currently, this position in the Navy Reserve is open only to prior or current military aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For Annual Training, Naval Aviators may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or at bases or Naval Air Stations on shore.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Currently, this position in the Navy Reserve is open only to prior or current military aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Aviators in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Your prior experience as an Officer satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

Advance your training as you continue to proudly fly for your country in the Navy Reserve. You may fly and train on:



  • F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets
  • EA-6B Prowlers
  • E-2C Hawkeyes
  • HH-60 Seahawks
  • H-53 Sea Stallions
  • C-9 Skytrains
  • C-40s
  • C-130s
  • C-37s
  • C-20s
     
  • C-12s
  • F5 Tigers
  • H60 Helicopters
  • T44-Trainers
  • T-34C Turbomentors
  • T45 Goshawks
  • T6-Texans
  • P-3C Orions
  • P-8A Poseidons
  • TH57 JetRanger Helicopters
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Following your initial flying tour as a Navy Pilot or an NFO, you can attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, where you may be able to earn a master’s or doctoral degree while being paid full-time.

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A four-year degree is required to work as a Navy Pilot or Naval Flight Officer. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a technical field.

All candidates must also be U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide and qualified for sea duty.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.
 

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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