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My boyfriend is currently living on base in Pensacola, Florida waiting to get his actual classes for 'A' school. His PIR was on Sept. 26th and he has been in Florida for a month now, but he still has not gotten into his classes. His friends there say anywhere from 2 months to 4 months, with the norm being closer to 3 or so. Jesse, my boyfriend, decided to get trained in propellers to have as minimal chance of getting stationed on a ship as possible, but I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this? If they had AD's go through specialized on propeller aircraft and if they could give me any details about the situation because for right now it seems like there is a very high chance of him being stationed on a ship. I've check the Navy COOL site but it only says that 50% chance for fleet and 50% for shore, it doesn't really give specifics for each specialization. 



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If he doesn't want to serve aboard ships, he should have joined the Air Force. ;)

And if he gets land based planes like the P-3 Orion, he can be deployed to really remote locations. Can you say "Djabouti" ?

Bottom line: The Navy will place him where he is needed and give him the training he needs to do the job.

My father was in aviation in the Navy and spent ALL his time with squadrons, all of which deployed.  Sometimes with carriers, now and then on stints overseas.  

Your BF's chances of going to a ship or a deployable squadron are quite high, as most sea going ratings have a sea-shore rotation which begins with a sea duty tour.  This includes ALL aviation ratings!  I am not certain why he thought he'd be assigned shore duty straight out of A school, while not impossible, it would be unusual.  I have to echo what cryptodad said, don't join the Navy if you don't want to go to sea (unless you can get HM or CTN, which are not sea going rates).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 42 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 42 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months
What is this chart that you posted? Many people have been telling me that if he does deploy it would be no more than six months at a time?

Okay, a "tour" is a set of orders to a command or a unit.  The Navy rotates between sea and shore.  His first tour, his first set of orders, would be for 42 months at a sea duty command.  That command would most likely be either a ship, a squadron, or an air wing.  All of those commands can deploy to sea or to where they are needed, often overseas.  A deployment can be six months or more.  Some carriers deploy for ten months or so.  Most do not deploy every year though.  It does not mean 42 months at sea.  My dad was mostly on carriers, but he deployed to places such as Iwakuni in Japan, and to Adak AK.  Those deployments lasted six months each.  

The link above the chart was for AD, which is what you mentioned in your original post.  It is the sea to shore rotation for that rating.  Now you mention AM. I looked at the chart, a sea tour for an AM is 48 months.  Your sailor would have the same homeport or home command for four years, with deployments as needed.  

This is the link and sea shore rotation for AM (which is what my father was, decades ago):

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 48 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36 month
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 month
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 month
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 month
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 month
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 month

You are confusing Sea/Shore Rotation with Deployment. Not all the time that a Sailor has a Sea Tour is he Deployed. A Sea Tour may run 36-48 months with several deployments of 6-8 months during that period. A ship with its attached Air Wing is not constantly at sea.

Deployments of  "no more than six months"? Old information.

My husband will be training for aviation structural mechanic


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