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Aerographer's Mate

Navy aerographer's mate works on computer to gather and analyze ocean conditions.

Aerographer's Mate

Weather and ocean conditions are a constant factor in all operations in America's Navy. Aerographer’s Mates provide the data gathering and forecasting skills needed to take it all into account.
Weather and ocean conditions are a constant factor in all operations in America's Navy. Aerographer’s Mates provide the data gathering and forecasting skills needed to take it all into account.
Technical and operational training and work in this field can often translate to credit hours toward a degree.
US Navy aerographer's mates set up instruments to measure important weather characteristics.

About This Job

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:

  • Being the Navy’s meteorological and oceanographic experts
  • Using instruments that monitor weather characteristics such as air pressure, temperature, humidity, and wind speed and direction
  • Distributing weather data to aircraft, ships and shore-based commands
  • Serving as an important part of the Information Dominance Corps in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and develop unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime
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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:

  • Collecting, recording and analyzing weather and oceanographic information
  • Making visual and instrument observations of weather and sea conditions
  • Operating meteorological satellite receivers
  • Interpreting satellite data, radar imagery, and meteorological and oceanographic codes
  • Preparing up-to-date weather maps and oceanographic data
  • Issuing weather forecasts and warnings
  • Providing weather/oceanographic briefings
  • Using, testing, calibrating and performing minor and preventive maintenance on meteorological instruments
  • Working under the oversight of METOC Officers (four-year degree required) who manage information related to meteorology and oceanography
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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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

Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.