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Air Navigation Series 2183

Air Navigation Series, 2183

This is an individual standard for the Department of Air Force. This standard does not apply to Air National Guard or Air Reserve Technician positions.

Individual Occupational Requirements

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Minimum eligibility requirements for positions in this occupation are based on possession of a USAF Navigator Rating or equivalent Naval Flight Officer or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Navigator rating, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the position.

For appointment or in-service placement actions, "currently qualified" is defined as having performed navigator duties (or navigator instructor duties for instructor positions) within the last 36 month period, and possession of the knowledge and skills needed to perform the work, provided the applicant:

  • holds the certificates and/or ratings required by either the military or FAA;
  • has acquired the navigator hours essential to performance of the work;
  • meets the requirements in terms of level and quality of experience;
  • possesses a current Class I or II medical certificate (see below); and
  • possesses the necessary qualifications background for the position.

Agencies should refer to the Supervisory Guide when filling supervisory positions.

Certificates and Ratings:

For all grade levels and specializations, candidates must currently be qualified and possess a USAF Combat Systems Officer (CSO)/Navigator Rating, or equivalent Naval Flight Officer (NFO) or FAA Flight Navigator rating.

In addition, when required by the position being filled, applicants must also possess current qualification in the following specialized subsets of CSO or NFO ratings: Weapons Systems Officer (WSO), Aircraft Electronic Warfare Specialist, Fire Control Systems Specialist, Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), Weapon System Specialist or Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO).


Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a qualified rated military navigator.

Flight Experience:

Candidates must demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements, including recency of experience. The categories in which candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency relate to (1) the general knowledge and skills to navigate the aircraft, and (2) the specific knowledge and skills related to the particular position being filled.

Minimum Flight Hour Requirements

Completion of flight hours as a navigator in similar or related aircraft identified for the position is creditable for this requirement.

The following flight hour requirements apply to all applicants:

CategoryFlight Hours
GS-11GS-12 and above
1. Total Flight Time 350 500
2. Instructor Time N/A 100
3. Flying Time, Last 12 Months 100 100

Flying Time, Last 12 Months -- Required only for positions that involve flying. The flight hours specified apply to competitive appointments. For inservice placement actions, up to one-half of the flight hours may be waived provided the individual's total background reflects the ability to perform the duties of the position safely.

Medical Requirements

At the time of initial appointment, candidates must possess a current FAA Class I or II medical certificate. Staff specialists not involved in the operation of aircraft need only have a medical examination indicating that they are able to perform the duties of the position to be filled.

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