The United States Navy has created a new program to aid enlisted Sailors and Airmen to become Navy pilots, establishing them as Chief Warrant Officers. It is a program that is designed to support the need for the Navy to have trained pilots and Naval flight officers, among enlisted personnel that do not have a college degree. Many people that are excellent Servicemembers but that do not have a college education. The United States Navy decided that they wanted to encourage enlisted personnel to become Navy Pilots and Navy flight officers, so they created the Enlisted to Aviator Navy Flight Aviation program. This is a new program that is based largely on a similar High school to Pilot program that has existed in the US Army for a number of years. It started in earnest a couple years ago in 2006 with the first 14 candidates, 4 flight officer and 10 pilot candidates.
This is expected to be a yearly program that will help create pilots and naval flight officers under the Chief Warrant Officer program. It creates Chief Warrant officers first, with a specific training program that while highly competitive will help supply quality Chief Warrant Officer for aviation duty. The pilots are being trained as Warrant Officers and then pilots to operate.
P-3 Orion Aircraft, E-6 Mercury Aircraft, and SH-60B Helicopters. This is an exciting new program that allows enlisted personnel to still qualify for training as pilots and naval flight officers. Personnel that are trained as Naval Flight Officers will be tasked to fly in the E-6 Mercury, EP-3 Aries and P-3 Orion aircraft. Warrant officers are not normally eligible for department head positions, but they are slated to serve as program and department assistants, and maintenance branch heads. The maximum age for applicants is age 31 years old, even with age waivers. You have to be qualified for a secret security clearance, and have an Aviation Test Standard Battery Score of at least PFAR=5, FOFAR=5, and an AGR=4.
You must be commissioned in the program before you turn 27 years old (but age waivers are possible sometimes.). A candidate has to have at least an associate degree in college coursework, and you have to be physically qualified for duty in aviation. There are some qualifying factors that have to be followed.