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Responsibilities

Whether as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) or Enlisted Sailor, your role with Navy Flight Support is critical for mission success.

Officer Role

A four-year college degree is required to become a Navy Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO). As an Officer, you can expect to:

  • Make certain all aircraft maintenance has been performed correctly
  • Influence emerging aviation weapon system designs to reduce, simplify or eliminate maintenance actions
  • Provide operational support to the Fleet’s personnel and aircraft
  • Manage all material and manpower needed to support Flight Operations

Enlisted Role

A college degree is not required to become an Enlisted member of the Navy Flight Support team. As a Sailor, you can expect to:

  • Operate and maintain hydraulic and steam catapults to launch aircraft
  • Run and sustain landing gear, brakes and related systems
  • Work under the oversight of AMDOs

Whether as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) or Enlisted Sailor, your role with Navy Flight Support is critical for mission success.

Officer Role

A four-year college degree is required to become a Navy Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO). As an Officer, you can expect to:

  • Make certain all aircraft maintenance has been performed correctly
  • Influence emerging aviation weapon system designs to reduce, simplify or eliminate maintenance actions
  • Provide operational support to the Fleet’s personnel and aircraft
  • Manage all material and manpower needed to support Flight Operations

Enlisted Role

A college degree is not required to become an Enlisted member of the Navy Flight Support team. As a Sailor, you can expect to:

  • Operate and maintain hydraulic and steam catapults to launch aircraft
  • Run and sustain landing gear, brakes and related systems
  • Work under the oversight of AMDOs

Work Environment

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.

Training & Advancement

Officer Training

Prospective Officers entering aviation programs must first attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, RI, and then complete a 6-week air indoctrination course at Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, FL. From there, Aviation Maintenance Duty Officers (AMDOs) attend Aviation Maintenance School in Pensacola, FL, to learn leadership, logistics and operational support of the Naval Aviation Fleet.

Enlisted Training

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.

Officer Reservists

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: Beginning October 1st, 2019, Officer Candidates will be required to attend the Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI instead of the 12-day Direct Commission Officer School. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette. There may be an option for attendees to request to split the five-week program into two sessions.

Enlisted Reservists

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 requirement by attending Boot Camp for 7–9 weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

Education Opportunities

Officer Education

Beyond professional credentials and certifications, you can advance your education as an AMDO by attending the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, where you may be able to earn a master’s or doctoral degree while being paid full-time.

Enlisted Education

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:

Officer Education

Beyond professional credentials and certifications, you can advance your education as an AMDO by attending the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, where you may be able to earn a master’s or doctoral degree while being paid full-time.

Enlisted Education

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:

Qualifications & Requirements

Officer Qualifications

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.

Enlisted Qualifications

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.

General Qualifications

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.

Officer Qualifications

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.

Enlisted Qualifications

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.

General Qualifications

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.