Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Fuels (ABF)

Aviation boatswain's mates refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft.
••• Aviation boatswain's mates refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during flight operations. Stocktrek Images / Getty Images

Aviation Boatswain's Mates play a major part in launching and recovering naval aircraft quickly and safely from land or ships. This includes aircraft fueling and fuel systems. Later in their careers, ABs can earn the advanced AB rating that requires supervision of all these individual specialties.

The duties performed by ABFs include:

  • operating, maintaining and performing organizational maintenance on aviation fueling and lubricating oil systems on CVs, CVNs, LPHS and LPDS;
  • observing and enforcing handling safety precautions and maintaining fuel quality surveillance and control in aviation fuel systems;
  • supervising the operation and servicing of fuel farms and equipment associated with the fueling and defueling of aircraft ashore and afloat;
  • training, directing and supervising fire fighting crews, fire rescue teams, and damage control parties in assigned fuel and lubricating oil spaces.

    Working Environment

    Most of the work in this rating is performed outdoors on the deck of aircraft carriers, in all climatic conditions, in fast-paced and often potentially hazardous environments. ABs work closely with others in aviation ratings.

    A-School (Job School) Information

    Pensacola, FL -- 36 calendar days

    ASVAB Score Requirement: VE+AR+MK+AS =184

    Security Clearance Requirement: None

    Other Requirements

    Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz. Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating. No exceptions.

    Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for ABF

    Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

    Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

    Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

    • First Sea Tour: 60 months
    • First Shore Tour: 36 months
    • Second Sea Tour: 60 months
    • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
    • Third Sea Tour: 48 months
    • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
    • Fourth Sea Tour: 48 months
    • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

    Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

    ABF is a sea-intensive community. Manning conditions at sea may require the need to request sea tour extension or shore tour curtailments to ensure all sea duty billets are filled.

    Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command