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Navy Enlisted Job Descriptions & Qualifications
Aviation Structural Mechanic - Equipment (Aircrew) AME 
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General Info: Qualified individuals who enlist in the Aircrew program will perform tactical crew duties and in-flight maintenance in jet, turboprop and helicopter aircraft. They will undergo some of the most demanding physical training in the military. Aircrewmen are guaranteed class "A" technical school, aircrew training, and if they choose, rescue swimmer training. After successful completion of training, aircrewmen are assigned to flight duty in sea or shore-based squadrons. Because of the potentially hazardous nature of flight duty, aircrewmen receive "flight pay" in addition to other pay and allowances. Active duty obligation is five years -- four years regular enlistment with a one year extension for prolonged training. Enlistees enter as E-1s (recruits). Qualified individuals who volunteer for rescue swimmer training are advanced to E-2 (apprentice) after successful completion of recruit training, and are advanced to E-4 (petty officer third class) upon successful completion of both rescue swimmer school and class "A" school. The Aircrew program is physically and mentally demanding; however, the person who accepts the challenge is rewarded with extra pay and.

What They Do: Before and after flights aircrewmen perform pre-flight planning and equipment checks and post-flight maintenance associated with their assigned source ratings or mission specialty. The duties performed by aircrewmen include in-flight functions such as: operating tactical weapons, sensors, and communication equipment; performing in-flight maintenance of aircraft electrical and mechanical gear; working with pilots to operate and control aircraft systems; operating mine countermeasure detection and explosion equipment; providing rescue of downed pilots with emergency first aid and survival swimming; performing duties of flight attendants and load masters.

Detailed List of Required Duties

ASVAB Score Requirements: VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210 and AR+2MK+GS=194

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Must have normal hearing. Must have no speech impediment. Security Clearance (SECRET) Requirement. 60 month obligation. Must be U.S. citizen.

Notes: Visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20. When specified, uncorrected visual acuity must not be greater than that indicated (i.e. 20/100), and must be correctable to 20/20. Must be high school graduate. Must volunteer for duty involving aerial flight as crew member and be physically qualified and psychologically adapted for flight IAW Article 15-77 MANMED. Must be certified as a class II swimmer before completion of recruit training with potential to achieve class I swimmer during aircrew training. Rescue swimmer requirements are physically demanding therefore strong swimmers only. No history of drug abuse. Normal depth perception required for rescue swimmer.

High school diploma graduate or equivalent. Must be able to type 40 words per minute. Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic.

Technical Training Information: Enlistees are taught the fundamentals of this rating through formal Navy schooling. Operational training is available in this rating during later stages of career development.

Course Title Location Calendar Days
AME Common Core Pensacola 44
AME Egress Strd Pensacola 8
All Students attend Common Core. Only some will attend the Strand course.

Basic Aviation Structural Mechanic course, basic aviation theory course, and skills required for specialized AME rating Group instruction, classroom and shop After completion of AME Core "A" school, AMEs assigned to squadrons with ejection seat aircraft, attend two weeks of egress training. AMEs may be assigned to aviation squadrons, aircraft carriers or to other Navy ships carrying aircraft, to Naval Air Stations or other aviation shore facilities in the United States or overseas. There will be formalized training opportunities throughout your career. During a 20-year period, AMEs spend about 50 percent of their time assigned to fleet units and 50 percent to shore stations.

Working Environment: Aviation structural mechanics may be assigned to sea or shore duty any place in the world, so their working environment varies considerably. They may work in hangars or hangar decks or outside on flight decks or flight lines at air stations. A high noise level is a normal part of their environment. AMEs work closely with others, do mostly physical work and require little supervision. AMEs may also serve as flight engineers aboard certain aircraft.

Opportunity Rating:

E-1 to E-4 E-5 E-6
3 2 2

1 = Currently undermanned
2 = Currently manned at desired levels
3 = Currently overmanned

Note: Levels are as of 10 December 2003. Subject to change without notice.

Special Note: Rate Conversions not authorized above E-5.

IAW REF C, NAVPERSCOM (PERS-4) HAS AUTHORITY TO GRANT HYT WAIVERS FOR E4 PERSONNEL TO ACCEPT ORDERS TO OR EXTEND ON BOARD SEA OR OVERSEAS DUTY ACTIVITIES. DURATION OF WAIVER DEPENDENT ON ORDERS NEGOTIATED AND MANNING OF COMMUNITY. PERSONNEL WHO DESIRE NOT TO APPLY DO NOT LOSE ENTITLEMENT TO SEPARATION PAY, IF OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE.

ONLY PERSONNEL WHO HAVE COMPLETED "A" SCHOOL WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ADVANCEMENT EXAMS. WAIVERS WILL NOT BE GRANTED AND ALL TESTS WILL BE INVALIDATED FOR EXAM PARTICIPATION WHILE IN A TRAINEE STATUS.

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Above Information Courtesy of United States Navy

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