ACTIVE DUTY FLYING CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER PILOT PROGRAM

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R 250119Z JAN 08
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NAVADMIN 020/08
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/JAN// 
SUBJ/ACTIVE DUTY FLYING CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER PILOT PROGRAM// 


RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES REQUIREMENTS AND SOLICITS APPLICATIONS 
FROM HIGHLY-QUALIFIED AND HARD-CHARGING SAILORS (E-5 THROUGH E-7) FOR 
THE PROGRAM THAT PLACES CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS (CWO) IN COCKPITS AS 
PILOTS AND NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICERS (NFO).  THIS PROGRAM HARNESSES THE 
STRENGTHS OF TODAY?S SAILORS AND SHAPES THE NAVY OF TOMORROW BY 
DEVELOPING CWO?S WHOSE CAREERS WILL BE FOCUSED SOLELY ON FLYING DUTIES 
BOTH AT SEA AND ASHORE.  OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS, 15 SAILORS WILL BE 
COMMISSIONED AS CWO2, ATTEND LDO/CWO INDOCTRINATION TRAINING, THEN 
UNDERGO FLIGHT TRAINING.  FIVE PILOTS AND THREE NFOS WILL BE SELECTED 
BY THE JUL 08 BOARD, AND FOUR PILOTS AND THREE NFOS WILL BE SELECTED BY 
THE JUL 09 BOARD.  AFTER FLIGHT SCHOOL, THE NEWLY WINGED AVIATORS WILL 
RECEIVE FLEET REPLACEMENT SQUADRON (FRS) TRAINING BEFORE REPORTING TO 
THE FLEET.  TARGETED COMMUNITIES INCLUDE:  VP, VQ (P), VQ (T), HSC, AND 
HSL.
2.  COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TO COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-432V) NO 
LATER THAN 13 JUN 08.  THE BOARD WILL CONVENE ON 14 JUL 08.  THE 
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE JUL 09 SELECTION BOARD WILL BE ANNOUNCED 
BY A SUBSEQUENT MESSAGE.  SOME OF THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (AGE 
WAIVER, NAVAL OPERATIONAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE (NOMI) APPROVED PHYSICAL, 
AVIATION STANDARD TEST BATTERY (ASTB) TEST RESULTS) REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT 
LEAD TIME TO COMPLETE (SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS), SO PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS 
SHOULD START EARLY.
3.  SPECIFIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
    A.  MUST BE COMMISSIONED BY 27TH BIRTHDAY.  AGE WAIVER INFORMATION 
IS ON THE COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-43) WEBSITE UNDER FLYING CWO AGE WAIVER 
LINK.
    B.  ENLISTED SAILORS FROM SEAL, SWCC, EOD, DIVER, NUCLEAR, AND MA 
COMMUNITIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.
    C.  MUST POSSESS AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE OR HIGHER.  DEGREE MUST BE 
REFLECTED IN THE CANDIDATE�S SMART TRANSCRIPT.
    D.  MUST BE PHYSICALLY QUALIFIED FOR AVIATION DUTY IN ACCORDANCE 
WITH THE NAVY MANUAL OF MEDICINE.  SEND PHYSICAL DOCUMENTATION DIRECTLY 
TO NAVAL OPERATIONAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE (NOMI), MR. GARMESON, AT (850)
452-2257 X1072/DSN 922-2257 X1072, FAX (850) 452-2257 OR EMAIL AT 
JRGARMESON(AT)NOMI.MED.NAVY.MIL.  PACKAGE MUST CONTAIN AN APPROVED 
LETTER FROM NOMI STATING WHICH PROGRAM (PILOT, NFO OR BOTH) THE 
APPLICANT IS QUALIFIED TO ENTER.
    E.  MUST MEET ASTB MINIMUMS.  SEND OFFICIAL NOMI SCORE SHEET WITH 
PACKAGE.  MINIMUM SCORES ARE AQR=4, PFAR=5, AND FOFAR=5.
    F.  MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR A SECRET SECURITY 
CLEARANCE.
4.  REFER TO OPNAVINST 1420.1A FOR CWO ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IN ADDITION 
TO REQUIREMENTS CITED IN PARA 3.  SEE PARA 5 OF THIS MESSAGE FOR 
PACKAGE LAYOUT.  INDIVIDUAL GRADE AND TIME-IN-SERVICE WAIVERS FOR E-
5/E-6/E-7 SAILORS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
5.  APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:
    A.  PACKAGE PAGES 1 TO 10 MUST BE OPNAVINST 1420.1A PAGES 2-7 
THROUGH
2-16 (DO NOT INCLUDE OPNAVINST 1420.1A PAGES 2-17 THROUGH 2-20 IN 
PACKAGE).
    B.  PERSONAL STATEMENT MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:  I, (NAME), IF 
SELECTED FOR APPOINTMENT UNDER THE ACTIVE DUTY FLYING CHIEF WARRANT 
OFFICER (CWO) PILOT PROGRAM, DO AGREE UPON WINGING TO INCUR AN 8 YEAR 
MINIMUM SERVICE REQUIREMENT (MSR) FOR PILOTS, 6 YEAR MSR FOR NAVAL 
FLIGHT OFFICERS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 10, U.S. CODE, SEC 653, AND 
NAVY POLICY DECISION MEMORANDUM 06-N131-01.  I ALSO UNDERSTAND IF I 
ATTRITE IN THE TRAINING COMMAND, FRS, OR THE FLEET AND HAVE LESS THAN 3 
YEARS OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE, I WILL BE DISCHARGED WITHOUT SEPARATION 
PAY, BUT MAY (UPON APPLICATION) BE REENLISTED IN MY PREVIOUS RATE.  IF 
I ATTRITE AFTER COMPLETING 3 YEARS OR MORE OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE, I 
WILL BE DETAILED TO NON-FLYING CWO BILLETS IN THE AVIATION COMMUNITY.
     C.  PACKAGE PAGES 11 TO 13 MUST BE THE THREE INTERVIEWERS APPRAISAL 
SHEETS (OPNAVINST 1420.1A PAGE 2-21).
    D.  ENCL (1) MUST BE AGE WAIVER FROM PERS-435A (IF REQUIRED).
    E.  ENCL (2) MUST BE NOMI FLIGHT PHYSICAL APPROVAL DOCUMENTATION.
    F.  ENCL (3) MUST BE NAVY SMART TRANSCRIPT (DISPLAYING THE COLLEGE 
DEGREE).
    G.  ENCL (4) MUST BE OFFICIAL SEALED COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS FOR GPA 
VERIFICATION.
    H.  ENCL (5) MUST BE OFFICIAL ASTB RESULTS FROM NOMI.
    I.  ENCL (6) MUST BE E-5 EVALS FROM 15 MAR 07.
    J.  ENCL (7) MUST BE E-4 EVALS IF THE CANDIDATE IS AN E-5.
    K.  ENCL (8) IS ALL OTHER CORRESPONDENCE (AWARDS, LETTERS OF 
RECOMMENDATION, ETC.).
6.  AN APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE AT
HTTP://WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/OFFICER/AVIATION/FLYING+CWO+PROGRAM.HTM. 
COMMANDING OFFICERS MUST ENSURE PACKAGES ARE COMPLETE (I.E. MEET ALL 
THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS) AND ARRIVE BY THE 13 JUN 08 DEADLINE.
7.  INDIVIDUAL CAREER CONSIDERATIONS:
    A.  UPON WINGING, SELECTEES WILL INCUR AN EIGHT YEAR MINIMUM 
SERVICE REQUIREMENT (MSR) FOR PILOTS, OR A SIX YEAR MSR FOR NAVAL 
FLIGHT OFFICERS.
    B.  TOUR LENGTHS:  SEA 36 MONTHS, SHORE 33 MONTHS.
    C.  ELIGIBLE ASSIGNMENTS:  VP, VQ (P), VQ (T), HSC, HSL, AND 
ASSOCIATED FRS, TRACOM, NSAWC, AND WEAPON SCHOOLS.
    D.  SELECTEES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DEPARTMENT HEAD (DH) TOURS AND 
WILL FILL JUNIOR OFFICER (JO) BILLETS ONLY.
8.  ATTRITION:
    A.  ATTRITES IN THE TRAINING COMMAND, FRS, OR FLEET WHO HAVE LESS 
THAN THREE YEARS COMMISSIONED SERVICE WILL BE DISCHARGED WITHOUT 
SEPARATION PAY, BUT MAY (UPON APPLICATION) BE REENLISTED IN THEIR 
PREVIOUS RATE.
    B.  THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THREE YEARS OR MORE OF COMMISSIONED 
SERVICE WILL BE DETAILED TO NON-FLYING BILLETS IN THE AVIATION 
COMMUNITY.
9.  INTERESTED SAILORS SHOULD REVIEW THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AT 
THE FLYING CWO WEBSITE.  FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE FLYING CWO 
PROGRAM, CONTACT THE HEAD AVIATION PLACEMENT OFFICER, COMNAVPERSCOM 
(PERS-433) AT (901) 874-4944/DSN 882.  FOR APPLICATION QUESTIONS 
CONTACT LCDR BLACK, COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-432U) AT (901) 874-3949/DSN 882 
OR MS. WEEDEN, COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-432V) AT (901) 874-3964/DSN 882.  
EMAIL MICHAEL.BLACK2(AT)NAVY.MIL OR MELINDA.WEEDEN(AT)NAVY.MIL.
10.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1.//

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