Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

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Aviation Warfare Systems Operator

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Naval Aircrewman (abbreviated as AW) is a United States Navy occupational rating. The rate was previously designated as Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator. However under the CNO directed Helicopter Master Plan, all 78XX, and 94XX aircrewmen were redesignated as 'Naval Aircrewman' (AW). Many technologically advanced navies have a similar trade.


All AWs must attain a minimum amount of education and training in several fields of science, technology, and aviation at several different schools. The educational “pipeline” averages 18 months to two years in length. The following list describes most of those schools.


Naval Aircrew Candidate School (NACCS)

NACCS of NAS Pensacola, Florida, introduces to and evaluates the student in basic flight physiology and water survival. Low-pressure hyperbaric chamber sessions, night vision evaluations, multi-station spatial disorientation device (also known as the "spin and puke") sessions and aircraft emergency water egress device sessions are part of the training. Advanced first aid and CPR and a very aggressive physical regimen including running up to five miles, swimming a mile at a time, etc. are part of the curriculum.

AW “A” school

Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) provides the student a basic introduction to all the fields the student must be well versed in to operate in their perspective platform. Active and passive electronic warfare, active and passive sonar. Reading...
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