US Navy Aviation

US Navy Aviation

Despite the fact that many people (civilians) think only that the Navy consists of ships, submarines and other marine vehicles, the truth is, the Navy also has some of the most advanced training in the field of aviation. Three different groups make up US Navy Aviation team members, all of who are in charge of over 6,000 aircraft including:

• Navy Pilots
• Naval Flight Officers (NFOs)
• Aviation Maintenance Duty Officers (AMDOs)

As a pilot in the US Navy, you will be in charge of flying jets, helicopters, turbo-propellers and other tactical aircraft from both land and ships around the world. Personnel are able to request which path they will follow when they have completed their primary flight training. Once enlisted personnel reach advanced training status, they are then able to learn more specific skills including search and rescue, air-to-air combat, and over-water navigation, among others.

Naval Flight Officers are a selected group that receives special training in:

• Navigation
• Meteorology
• Flight Planning
• Aircraft safety
• Aerodynamics
• Aircraft engine systems

Flight Officers also train with specialized aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet jet fighters, as well as other advanced aircraft such as the EA-6B Prowler electronic countermeasures aircraft and the P-3C Orion antisubmarine aircraft.

US Navy Aviation Officers receive incentive pay as well as their regular monthly salary, as well as become eligible for continuation bonuses at the end of the commitment. In order to be accepted into the program, each personnel must have received a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in Officer Candidate School and complete the physical, educational and US military courses required.

Naval pilots have a vast amount of career choices ahead of them when they complete their commitment. Staying in the Navy will bring an excellent career, while the civilian life can offer jobs with major airlines or flying for corporations or other agencies.

For more information about US Navy Aviation opportunities and careers, visit your local Navy recruiter.
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