Keeping aircraft in top shape Flight Support

The Enlisted Sailors and Officers who make up the Navy Flight Support community take on a variety of roles and responsibilities, each of which are equally vital to the success of the missions they undertake. Serving part-time, Reservists in this field work with some of the world’s most sophisticated equipment to ensure the aircraft operate at their highest function.

Job Description

As a member of the Navy Flight Support crew, you will be an important component on a world-class team. Undergoing some of the most intense and comprehensive training in the field. Doing anything from supporting your squadron’s flight line to performing detailed maintenance on a strike fighter or helicopter to handling the ordnance on board Navy aircraft.

As a member of Navy Flight Support, you may:

  • Provide vital attack, defense and logistic support to the Fleet
  • Inspect and maintain all internal and external aircraft systems

Your hands-on skills will make you an important, respected member of this powerful unit.

Whatever your specialty, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Specific Responsibilities

Maintain the intricate mechanics of SH-60 Seahawk helicopters and F/A-18 Super Hornet jets. Provide flight crews with safe, operation-capable aircrafts on each and every mission. Whether as an Enlisted Sailor or an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO), your role with Navy Flight Support will require you to perform at the best of your ability at all times.

As an Enlisted Sailor, you can expect to:

  • Operate and maintain hydraulic and steam catapults to launch aircraft
  • Run and sustain landing gear, brakes and related systems

A four-year college degree is required to become a Navy Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO). As an Officer, you can expect to:

  • Make certain all aircraft maintenance has been performed correctly
  • Influence emerging aviation weapon system designs to reduce, simplify or eliminate the requirement for maintenance actions
  • Provide operational support to the Fleet’s personnel and aircraft
  • Manage all materials and manpower needed to support flight operations

Training

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.

Individuals in Navy Flight Support serve in either Enlisted or Officer roles. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that is part of being a Reservist, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former Enlisted military servicemembers (NAVET or OSVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For Enlisted candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer School (DCO) in Newport, RI. This will count as your first Annual Training.

America’s Navy offers some of the most advanced and comprehensive aviation training in the world. Enlisted Sailors and Officers who demonstrate academic and physical aptitude and a potential for leadership and responsibility are considered ideal candidates for this highly select, prestigious unit.

Career Advantages

Whether an Enlisted Sailor or Officer, being a member of the world’s most respected aviation force will lead to endless career opportunities after your service. As an Enlisted Sailor, you could become anything from an aircraft electronics mechanic to an aviation support equipment repairer to a computer peripheral equipment operator. As an Officer, the aviation expertise you receive could lead to work in a role such as aircraft maintenance manager for a major airline, corporation or government agency.

For Enlisted Sailors, advanced technical and operational training is available in this field during later stages of career development. Some of your training may count as credit hours toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. What’s more, you could potentially get full tuition for college – plus money for books and living expenses – through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Your specialized training in the Navy Reserve could prepare you for credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Allowing you to become even more competitive in your challenging field.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read about benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.

Qualifications

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

To qualify for an Enlisted position in the Flight Support community, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

To become a Navy Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.

Note that for both of these positions prior mechanical experience is valuable, but not necessary. The Navy will provide all the training you need to carry out your duties.

More Information

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Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.