I’ve been reading on the web that PACT-Airman is not good - due to low rating. My son signed up with the Navy but he couldn’t decide on what he wanted to do and this seemed like a good option. However, I have since learned that being on the flight deck is a dangerous job. I am feeling very anxious about it but not sharing that with my sailior recruit. The web is not always reliable and there have been changes in the PACT program. What has been your sailor’s experience? What is a good job to choose in the PACT-A program? Air traffic controller? Aviation boatswains? There was a report of recent death of an Airman on military.com - this situiaotn has me really concerned and I a heartbroken for the parents of the sailor such a tough time for them. He was 21.
As you can see my emotions are all over the place - my recruit is not even out of BC yet. Perspective and advice is welcome from mom’s who understand where my heart is.
As a person who served in Navy, I really appreciate your perspective about the Airman rating. It was good be able to put my concerns into words and share them here - I am becoming more comfortable with the danger aspects, as I realize all branches of military have risks — it just takes some getting used to. Another part is the letting go and letting my son grow into his career. The Navy would not put inexperienced people on the flight deck and if does chose this, he will be well-trained before he gets there.
Thanks so much for responsing to this post - it does help.
Hello everyone. My Daughter is also PACT Airman. She is right now at her first command. She has yet to choose a rate bit I believe she has to complete 6 or 9 months first. I am praying that she chooses wisely and not be persuaded by extra money. I believe that there is an allowance for dangerous rates. It saddened me to learn of that young Sailor's death by accident on the flight deck.