Naval Aviation

Fleet Meat: What to Expect in the Fleet Replacement Squadron and Your First Fleet Tour

Once you get those Wings of Gold after what can be two-to-three years of continuous training, it’s time to go do the nation’s business for real, right? Well….no. Wrong. You’ve got at least several months of formal schooling ahead, followed by another one-to-two years of informal school before you’re actually useful. Consider yourself warned: you …

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USN/USMC Flight School

This article’s objective is to give you an overview of what Navy flight school looks like generally with an eye towards the attitudes and trends that may make a candidate successful while they’re there. I’ll assume you’ve been reading along week-to-week, and are all up to speed on the necessary steps to get to this …

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I get it, you think you're ready for takeoff. There are a couple of hurdles to clear first...

Starting Flight School

All right, you’ve got your grand plans for commissioning and getting selected for aviation. You feel like you’re set and ready for takeoff. But first, there are a few hurdles you’ll need to clear. So, what does the start of Navy flight school look like? In this article, I’ll walk you through the start of your …

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Navy Platforms & Places

In the spirit of this series, the function of this article is to leave the prospective Naval Aviator more informed about just what it is they’re considering getting themselves into. I’m going to go a little more into the platforms that we fly and the places that Naval Aviators live, though I will leave the …

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