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Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) – U.S Navy 4 views

As an AIRR, you must be prepared to enter the most treacherous conditions to provide recovery and relief for rescue missions, humanitarian assistance and operational support.

You’ll specialize as a Naval Aircrewman Helicopter (AWS) or a Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (AWR).

AWS’s belong to a diverse advanced technical community that is highly specialized to the platform they are assigned. AWS’s operate various aircraft systems to support Surface Warfare (SUW), Search and Rescue (SAR), Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Naval Special Warfare (NSW), Airborne Mine Countermeasure (AMCM), and Logistic missions onboard MH-60S aircraft. Members also serve as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) pilots and payload operators.

AWR’s belong to a diverse community that is highly specialized to the platform they are assigned. AWR’s operate various aircraft systems to support Anti-Submarine (ASW), Anti-Surface (ASUW), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions onboard MH-60R aircraft. While assigned to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) units, they serve as NSW Fire Support specialists as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), Joint Terminal Attack Controller Instructor/Evaluator (JTAC-I/E) or as an NSW Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Mission Commander, pilot, payload operator and technical surveillance operator on various platforms.

Depending on your role, duties may include:

  • Working as an aircrewman aboard a Seahawk helicopter, where the primary duties are to coordinate with the pilots to ensure success of various fleet missions
  • Saving the crew of downed aircraft, people aboard stranded or capsized vessels at sea, or hikers and mountain climbers in danger
  • Rescuing civilians during natural disasters and collaborating with other forces, such as the Coast Guard
  • Delivering aid and supplies to other countries in humanitarian operations
  • Providing support to Naval Special Warfare Operations
  • Conducting surveillance in anti-submarine warfare and drug interdiction operations
  • Operate radar, Forward Looking Infrared sensors, missile systems and door guns in anti-surface operations.
  • Transporting troops and cargo to and from ships

No college degree is required to become an AIRR, but a high-degree of difficulty and satisfaction come standard with nearly everything you’ll do. Training is tough and ongoing.

To qualify for Rescue Swimmer Training, both men and women must:

  • Meet specific eyesight requirements: uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100; correctable to 20/20 in both eyes with normal depth and color perception
  • Meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score: VE+AR+MK+MC=210 or VE+AR+MK+AS=210
  • Pass a PST in DEP/Boot Camp
  • Pass Class 1 Flight Physical
  • Be 30 years of age or younger
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for security clearance

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