United States Navy Sailor Aviation Electronics

I want to make a career out of my time in the Navy. Through Aviation Electronics (Avionics), I can either become an Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) or an Aviation Electrician's Mate (AE). I personally prefer Electronics Technician, but the decision is not completely up to me. ATs work on some of the most advanced systems, ranging from flight deck troubleshooting of the weapon systems on an F-14 Tomcat to changing computer circuit cards. ATs repair and maintain a variety of systems: communications, navigation, infrared detection, radar, laser, electronics, fiber optics, and digital computers. AEs maintain a wide range of electrical and navigational equipment, such as power generators, power distribution systems, lighting systems, flight instrument, and fuel systems.

"As an AT, we pretty much have a hand in everything."

With boot camp, my schools and training, and even my deployments, I can earn college credits. With my tuition assistance, I can get a college degree. Through the civilian sector, I can become a Journeyman Electrician once my time as a Sailor comes to an end.

This is one of many aircraft carriers employed by the United States Navy. The aircraft carrier is one of the most advanced military engineering feats ever accomplished. They can hold upwards of 6,000 people. The power for these floating cities come from advanced nuclear reactors. More advanced ships, when properly cared for, can run for 20 years.

This is the USS Essex. It is a Wasp-Class amphibious assault ship. It went under 18 months of repairs after a collision with USNS Yukon.

The USS Makin Island returning from it's historic maiden voyage, which lasted 7 months. The ship's hybrid-electric propulsion system saved an excess of $15 million in fuel.

Schooling and Training

For both rates (jobs), school will take place in Pensacola, Florida. Both will attend a Basic Electronics Course for 51 calendar days, then split off for A-School for various amounts of time, learning troubleshooting management and other duties for each rate.

Alternatively, I would like to join the Nuclear Propulsion Program that the Navy offers. I am completely qualified except for a careless driving ticket I received in 2015. This program requires absolute perfection. I haven't been accepted or rejected yet, but my chances are slim. Through this program, similar opportunities are presented. The two year school in South Carolina will earn me almost enough college credits to get an Associate's Degree, and the 6 year initial service commitment will give me enough experience for work in the civilian sector, even if I don't have a full degree.

Pictured above is the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear -powered aircraft, was launched September 24th, 1960. Just to prove that it can, the Enterprise and two nuclear-powered cruisers made a complete, non-stop trip around the world in 1963. The Enterprise also participated in the Blockade of Cuba to ensure that no nuclear weapons were delivered to the Soviet Union. It was finally decommissioned February 3rd, 2017.

Why Did I Join the Navy?

I share similar reasons for joining: education, certification, job guarantees, etc. But I also wanted new experiences. There is endless opportunity to travel, to enjoy new cultures, to better myself as a person, and to diversify myself and open up to the world.

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