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Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge
The Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge is a military badge of the United States Navy which was created in March 1980. The badge recognizes those members of the Navy’s enlisted force who have acquired the specific professional skills, knowledge, and military experience that result in qualification for service in the aviation activities of the Navy. This includes most personnel who are trained flight deck personnel onboard aircraft carriers.
The basic prerequisite for the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge is that a service member be assigned in a sea-duty status to a deployable naval aviation unit or aviation capable ship. Most service members earning this badge hold an enlisted rating designated in aviation; in the 21st century Navy the aviation ratings include:
- AB - Aviation Boatswain's Mate
- AC - Air Traffic Controller
- AD - Aviation Machinist's Mate
- AE – Aviation Electrician's Mate
- AG - Aerographer's Mate
- AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic
- AO - Aviation Ordnanceman
- AS - Aviation Support Equipment Technician
- AT - Aviation Electronics Technician
- AW - Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
- AZ - Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
- PH - Photographer's Mate
- PR - Aircrew Survival Equipmentman
The non-designated striker rates of Airman, Airman Apprentice, and Airman Recruit are also eligible to receive the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge. However, due to the time involved in the qualification procedure, most service members obtain at least a 3rd class Petty Officer rating before earning the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge.
The qualification process to obtain the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge begins with the Enlisted Aviation Personal Qualification Standards, also known as PQS. The PQS for the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge consists of several training tasks and other practical experience on-the-job exercises. The entire Enlisted Aviation PQS normally takes approximately three to five years to complete from the point of entering the enlisted aviation community.
Those completing the Enlisted Aviation PQS must then pass a written examination and a review board conducted by senior enlisted aviation personnel, normally the rank of Chief Petty Officer or above. Upon passing both the examination and the oral board, the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge may be presented.
The Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge is not required for continued advancement in the Navy, however for those in aviation rates the badge must be obtained by three years as a Second Class Petty Officer. Those failing to obtain the badge may be ineligible for reenlistment in their current rate or may be restricted to shore assignments.
The Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge is considered one of three primary warfare badges available to the Navy’s enlisted force. The other two aforementioned badges are the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Badge and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Pin. The Aircrew Badge is a similar badge available to some enlisted personnel of the U.S. Navy aviation community. The Aircrew Badge is a separate badge from the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge, and qualified service members are eligible to wear both badges simultaneously.
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