Navy enlisted sailors in the ratings of AD, AE, AME, AMH, AMS, AO, AT, and AW can volunteer for the Navy Enlisted Aircrew Program at any time during their careers (note: AW is an aircrew only rating, so you can't have that rating without being on aircrew status).
New recruits can also get a "guarantee" for the Navy Enlisted Aircrew Program at the time of enlistment. These recruits receive a guarantee that they will be able to attend aircrew training (see below), and then the A-school for the specific rating (above) that they will be assigned to. Under this program, the recruit does not get a guarantee of which rating they will be assigned to at the time of enlistment, but will receive (if graduate aircrew training) one of the ratings above.
After successful completion of training, aircrewmen are assigned to flight duty in sea or shore-based squadrons. Because of the potentially hazardous nature of flight duty, aircrewmen receive "flight pay" in addition to other pay and allowances. Sailors who volunteer for the aircrew program can also volunteer to become rescue swimmers.
For those who enter the program as new recruits, they enter in the paygrade of E-1, unless otherwise qualified for advanced rank (rate) at the time of enlistment. Qualified individuals who volunteer for rescue swimmer training are advanced to E-2 (apprentice) after successful completion of recruit training. and are advanced to E-4 (petty officer third class) upon successful completion of both rescue swimmer school and class "A" school.
In-Flight Duties Performed by Aircrewmen
- Operating tactical weapons, sensors, and communication equipment
- Performing in-flight maintenance of aircraft electrical and mechanical gear
- Working with pilots to operate and control aircraft systems
- Operating mine countermeasure detection and explosion equipment
- Providing rescue of downed pilots with emergency first aid and survival swimming
- Performing duties of flight attendants and loadmasters
Before and after flights aircrewmen perform pre-flight planning and equipment checks and post-flight maintenance associated with their assigned source ratings or mission specialty.
Aircrewmen may be assigned to sea or shore duty in any part of the world. When not airborne, they performed the duties associated with their source-rating (job).
A-School (Job School) Information
- Aircrewman Candidate School, Pensacola, FL -- 5 weeks
- Rescue Swimmer School (for those who volunteer) -- Pensacola, FL -- 25 class days
- A-School (job training) -- 7-23 weeks, depending on rating assigned
- Aircraft training squadrons, various locations, 6-32 weeks (depending on type aircraft assigned)
ASVAB Score Requirement: AR+2MK+GS=194 (higher scores may apply to individual source-ratings)
Security Clearance Requirement: Secret
- 20/200 uncorrected vision, correctable to 20/20
- Must have normal color perception
- Must have normal hearing
- Must pass a Navy Medical Flying Physical
- Must be willing to extend their normal enlistment contract for 12 months
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
Additional Requirements for Rescue Swimmer Volunteers
- Normal depth perception
- Must be a strong swimmer
- 2 Pull-ups - 2 minutes maximum
- 50 Sit-ups - 2 minutes maximum
- 35 Push-ups - 2 minutes maximum
- 1.5-mile run - 12 minutes maximum
- 400-meter swim in gear - 11 minutes maximum