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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:
Members of the Navy Flight Support community occupy a variety of positions, allowing them to be a part of just about any aspect of Naval Aviation. You could find yourself working on a ship at sea or at an air station on shore – at locations around the globe.
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.
Prospective Officers entering aviation programs must first attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island, and then complete a 6-week air indoctrination course at Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida. From there, Aviation Maintenance Duty Officers (AMDOs) attend Aviation Maintenance School in Pensacola, Florida, to learn leadership, logistics and operational support of the Naval Aviation Fleet.
Enlisted Sailors pursuing a Flight Support role must first complete the 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp). After that, the aviation training you will receive is a mix of hands-on experience and classroom study. Advanced technical and operational "A School" training in the aviation field is also available as part of your career development, preparing you for any number of future civilian careers with airports, airline industries, government and law enforcement agencies, aircraft manufacturers, and more.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
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.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.