Service Assignment

Naval Aviation

Among the world’s flying forces, Naval Aviation has a reputation for excellence that is second to none. Here you can pilot some of the world’s most cutting-edge aircraft. Oversee the intricate communications, navigation and weapons systems they carry. Or help ensure the safety and success of the people and equipment involved – from takeoff to landing.

Within the aviation community, there are Naval Pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs). There are members of Flight Operations who work on board and help land the various aircraft and helicopter platforms utilized. And there are skilled Enlisted Sailors and Officers involved in every aspect of Flight Support – from maintenance and storage to launch and recovery.

These men and women, both degreed and non-degreed, take on some of the most challenging and dynamic jobs in America’s Navy today. They are physically and mentally fit professionals who contribute to critical missions across the globe. And with the right training, you could be among them. Pursuing one of many jobs that offer unrivaled expertise in the aviation field.

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The Navy submarine force is powered by nuclear energy – and represents some of the most modern, efficient and effective weapons in the military arsenal. Imagine being in your early to mid-twenties and assuming control of a $1.5 billion nuclear-powered submarine. This is a reality for the Submarine Officers in charge of all that goes into driving, powering, arming and operating the Navy’s Fleet of attack, ballistic missile and guided missile submarines.

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Surface Warfare

America’s Navy has the most modern, advanced fleet of ships in the entire world. The Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) who control them are trained extensively to maintain and operate these ships, their crews and their systems. Providing direction. Leading by example.

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Special Operations (SEAL/EOD)

Special Warfare-Neutralizing threats. Defusing bombs. Doing anything from rescuing people in distress to salvaging vital equipment from treacherous depths. Whatever the specifics, members of the Naval Special Warfare / Naval Special Operations (NSW/NSO) communities take on the most impossible missions and the most elusive targets.

This is the territory of Navy SEALs (Sea, Air & Land), Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCCs), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians, Navy Divers and Aviation Rescue Swimmers (AIRRs) – real-life heroes who are pushed and defined by the roles they serve. The work doesn’t require a college degree. It demands a state of mind. One fueled by intelligence, dedication and extreme mental and physical fitness. One marked by extreme courage and capability under fire.

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Marine Corps

Marine Flight Officers

(NFOs) operate the advanced weapons and electronic systems on board F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowlers. The division of labor between the pilot and the NFO
allows the pilot to focus on flying the aircraft and the NFO to focus on the weapons systems. The NFO often has the best situational awareness of the battlefield, and at times leads entire aviation missions.

As with pilots, NFOs can also be assigned to leadership positions within the squadron such as Operations Officer or Maintenance Officer.

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Marine Infantry

Infantry Officers are central to the role of the Marine Corps as an expeditionary force. They are responsible for training their Marines for every variety of ground combat mission in any environment. They gather and evaluate intelligence on enemy forces, develop offensive and defensive battle plans and command their infantry unit’s use of weapons and equipment.

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