What to Expect
Naval Aircrewmen Tactical Helicopter (AWR) detect, analyze, classify and track sub-surface contacts. Their additional responsibilities include:
- Performing sonar and sonobuoy operations
- Helping coordinate tactical communications relay
- Conducting weapons delivery in support of tactical missions
- Contributing directly to aircrew operations and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) missions: Search and Rescue (SAR), Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Night Vision Device (NVD) operations, Navigation, passenger and cargo transport, Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) and Medical Evacuations (MEDEVAC)
- Employing crew served weapons
- Performing observer duties for safety of flight
- Contributing directly to aircrew operations, training and administration
As an Aircrewman Tactical Romeo Helicopter, you’ll embark on missions around the world. You may be assigned to sea or shore squadrons on almost every 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.
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of the initial training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you’ll report for specialized training, including:
Aircrew Candidate School (4 weeks) in Pensacola, FL, for training in water and Land Survival and Safety.
Rescue Swimmer School (5 weeks) in Pensacola, FL, for arduous training in Search and Rescue waterborne rescue techniques and procedures.
Additional training may be required depending on your assignment. AWRs can expect to receive specialized training on specific aircraft or equipment relevant to your assignment before reporting for operational activities.
After you’ve completed training, you may be stationed in traffic control centers on aircraft carriers or at air traffic control facilities in the United States or overseas. As an AWR, you can expect approximately 60% of your assignments to take place at sea.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
Advanced training as an Aircrewman Tactical Romeo Helicopter may also be available during later stages of your career. For those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles may be available, providing opportunities to lead and train others.
Specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian sector.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the flight operations field 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 undergraduate degree opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the flight operations field in the Navy. Those seeking a position as an Aircrewmen Tactical - Helicopter must be U.S. citizens who can meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance.
All aircrew candidates should possess the ability to swim prior to entering the program. In addition, they should possess manual dexterity, physical strength and be oriented toward working with tools and machinery.
They must be self-motivated, as well as be able to work as part of a team. Helpful attributes are an interest in ideas and information, resourcefulness, curiosity, competence with tools, equipment and machines, good manual dexterity and teamwork.
Normal hearing and color perception are required for this rating.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.
There are part-time opportunities available as an Aircrewman Tactical-Helicopter.
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Aircrewmen in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, Aircrewmen 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 Navy Reserve Sailors.
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.
Aircrewmen Helicopter 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 service members, 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 in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.