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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.
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:
Agencies should refer to the Supervisory Guide when filling supervisory positions.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.