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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. A four-year college degree is required to become a Navy Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO).

Key Responsibilities

  • 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
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.

Training & Advancement

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.

Education Opportunities

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.

Qualifications & Requirements

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.

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.

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