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Advanced aircraft are essential to carrying out the mission of America’s Navy. And so are those men and women in Flight Support who keep those aircraft maintained and ready for action.
Navy aircraft are among the most complex in the world. These machines see heavy use, and lives and missions depend on meticulous maintenance and repair. Navy Flight Support crewmembers deliver just that by keeping lives safe and aircraft functioning properly every day. Their responsibilities also include:
Whether as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) or Enlisted Sailor, your role with Navy Flight Support is critical for mission success.
A four-year college degree is required to become a Navy Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO). As an Officer, you can expect to:
A college degree is not required to become an Enlisted member of the Navy Flight Support team. As a Sailor, you can expect to:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Navy Flight Support personnel in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For Annual Training, AMDOs and Enlisted Sailors may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or at bases and installations on shore.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
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.
Aviation Maintenance Duty Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership 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 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School (need link) in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.
Before Enlisted Sailors can receive the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training (need link) requirement by attending Boot Camp for 7–9 weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
Beyond professional credentials and certifications, you can advance your education as an AMDO by attending the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, where you may be able to earn a master’s or doctoral degree while being paid full-time.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of Flight Support can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:
A four-year degree is required to work as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer. Candidates seeking this Officer position must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a technical field.
A highschool diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Flight Support field in the Navy. Those seeking a Flight Support position should have an interest in aviation and mechanics.
All candidates must also be U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide and qualified for sea duty.