DESCRIPTION OF AVIATION
The following paragraphs contain a description of
each aviation rating.
Aerographer's Mate (AG)
A description of the AG rating includes the
! Observe, collect, record, and analyze
meteorological and oceanographic data.
! Make visual and instrumental observations of
weather and sea conditions.
! Operate meteorological satellite receivers and
interpret and apply satellite data.
! Interpret meteorological and oceanographic
codes and enter data on appropriate charts.
! Operate ancillary computer equipment for the
processing, dissemination, and display of
meteorological and oceanographic equipment.
! Prepare warnings of severe and hazardous
weather and sea conditions.
! Forecast meteorological and oceanographic
! Prepare and present briefings concerning
conditions and their effect on operations.
Air Traffic Controller (AC)
A description of the AC rating includes the
! Perform air traffic control duties in air control
towers, radar air traffic control facilities, and
air operations offices ashore and afloat.
! Operate radiotelephones, light signals and
systems, and direct aircraft under Visual Flight
Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules
! Operate surveillance radar, precision radar, and
identification equipment (IFF).
! Operate ground- and carrier-controlled ap-
! Assist pilots in the preparation and processing
of flight plans and clearances.
! Maintain current flight-planning information
and reference materials.
Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (PR)
A description of the PR rating includes the
! Inspect, maintain, and repair parachutes, sur-
vival equipment, and flight and protective
clothing and equipment.
! Pack and rig parachutes.
! Pack and equip life rafts.
! Repair and test oxygen regulators and liquid
oxygen converters removed from aircraft.
! Fit and maintain oxygen masks, flight clothing,
antiexposure suits, and anti-G suits.
! Operate and maintain carbon dioxide transfer
and recharge equipment.
! Conduct inspects of survival equipment;
supervise operation of parachute lofts and
survival equipment work centers.
Aviation Warfare Systems Operator (AW)
The AW rating consists of three service ratings, E-4
through E-6 paygrades. These ratings are the AWA
(Acoustic), the AWH (Helicopter), and the AWN
(Nonacoustic) ratings. A description of these ratings is
! Perform general flight crew duties.
! Operate ASW sensor systems to extract,
analyze, and classify data obtained.
! Perform specified preflight, inflight, and
postflight diagnostic functions, using manual
techniques, built-in test equipment (BITE), and
optimize system performance.
! Operate tactical support center systems to
analyze and classify ASW data.
! Assist in aircrew briefing and debriefing.
! Provide database information to the tactical
commander for use in prescribing mission
objectives and tactics.