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Monitoring sea conditions. Analyzing meteorological data. Developing accurate forecasts for virtually any locale in the world. Aerographer’s Mates are Enlisted Sailors who do hands-on work that helps Navy Meteorologists and Oceanographers prepare Navy forces to succeed in any physical environment.
Their responsibilities include:
As an Aerographer’s Mate, you’ll have the responsibility to supply important environmental information that impacts Navy missions of all types. You will perform duties that may include:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Aerographer’s Mates in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For Annual Training, Aerographer’s Mates 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.
Aerographer’s Mates in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving 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 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 offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of meteorology and oceanography 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 high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the meteorology and oceanography field in the Navy. Those seeking an Aerographer’s Mate position must be U.S. citizens with normal color perception who can meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance. They should have an interest in aviation and weather; good speaking, writing and record-keeping skills; a good working aptitude of math; and the capability to do highly detail-oriented work.