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SUBJ/ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AERIAL VEHICLE OPERATOR (AVO) WARRANT
OFFICER (WO) COMMUNITY//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the establishment of the Aerial
Vehicle Operator Warrant Officer (737X) community.
2. In order to operate the MQ-25 Stingray, the first carrier-based,
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the Navy, the Secretary of the Navy
has approved the establishment of the AVO WO designator. Unlike
traditional Navy Chief Warrant Officers, 737X WO-1 will be accessed
through Navy recruiting. 737X Warrant Officers will be trained as
technical specialists in the operation of the MQ-25 platform. In
the future, 737X warrant officers may also be qualified to operate
additional UAVs to support Navy requirements.
3. Navy Recruiting Command will begin accepting applications for
initial 737X accessions beginning in FY22 in accordance with Program
Authorization 106A. Selected candidates will attend Officer
Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon completion of
OCS, candidates will complete initial flight training with follow-on
specialized training on the MQ-25 platform. Interested fleet
applicants should contact their career counselors for additional
information regarding the OCS application process.
4. The procurement of the MQ-25 Stingray and the creation of the
737X AVO WO designator represent an exciting new chapter in the
storied history of naval aviation.
5. Points of contact are CAPT Christopher Wood, Aviation Officer
Community Manager, (901) 874-3353/DSN 882 or email
christopher.j.wood1(at)navy.mil and CWO5 Hector Sandoval, LDO/CWO
Community Manager, (901) 874-2464/DSN 882 or email
6. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
7. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//