Act as our eyes and ears in the sky, mapping coasts and ports for Navy intelligence. Gain extensive
training in radar, sonar and air traffic communications. If you feel more at home above the sea than on
it, a career in aviation might be for you. Below are some examples of the vast opportunities in this field.
AVIATION JOBS IN THE NAVY
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER
Commercial airlines aren’t the only ones who need traffic management. In the Navy, our fighter
jets, helicopters and reconnaissance aircraft need vigilant Air Traffic Controllers to keep flight
decks and airstrips in check.
As in-flight personnel, AWFs maintain and troubleshoot aircraft while carefully handling milliondollar
equipment on board. Perform everything from medical evacuations to small arms
transports to delivering necessities to your fellow Sailors out at sea.
Playing mind games with your opponent to predict their every move may sound like the plot of a
movie, but in reality AWOs are the ultimate defense against the threats from the deep, locating,
tracking and engaging hostile submarines.
AVIATION ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN
Once an aircraft launches off a carrier, pilots depend on their jet’s complex electronic systems to
operate all areas of their craft and complete their mission. There is zero room for failure.
PAY AND BENEFITS
From the day you start, you’ll receive:
• Competitive salary
• Potential to earn a bonus upon enlistment
• Free health insurance
• Free housing
• A retirement plan
• Paid training
• Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
• Post-9/11 GI Bill, up to 100% tuition
• Professional credentials and certifications
• College credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
• U.S. citizen or equivalent
• High school graduate or equivalent
• 17 years of age or older
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve
served before or whether you’ve never served before.
Make the world your home. You may be assigned to sea or shore squadrons on almost any continent.
You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments—from airborne aircraft to hangars,
hangar decks to flight decks and flight lines at air stations and on aircraft carriers.
There are part-time opportunities in Air Support for the Navy. Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor,
your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly
drilling, Sailors in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.