The Coast Guard is establishing a team of reserve pilots to help meet growing operational needs, retain expertise, and allow members to continue to pursue their chosen career path after separation.
Applications to become one of the first 12 reserve aviation officers have been received. These positions can be located at all Coast Guard aviation units and Naval Flight Training commands and can be filled as early as this summer.
It’s also not too early to start thinking about next year when an additional 12 positions are expected to be added, says Lt. Cmdr. Christopher McAndrew who manages the new program.
“It’s an ongoing effort,” said McAndrew, noting that the pilots will join reserve enlisted aviation maintenance crews already at these facilities. Last year, the Coast Guard made 70 billets available to enlisted members (E-4 to E-6) to start building the reserve aviation workforce.
Retaining pilots has long been a challenge for all military service branches. While the problem lessened during COVID, renewed demand for air travel has airlines once again on a hiring spree. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines already have reserve pilot programs.
Now, McAndrew hopes some departing members of the Coast Guard will take the opportunity to continue to serve. “We’re saying, you can fly for the airlines, or take another job,” he said, “but come and fly for us as well.”
What will reserve pilots do?
Reserve pilots can take on one of three roles:
Coast Guard Reserve Aviator – responsible for safe and effective operations of Coast Guard aircraft and aircrew flying search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement (LE), ports waterways, and coastal security (PWCS), and maritime environmental response (MEP), and authorized missions and standing 24-hour alert duty.
Aviation Training Center Mobile Reserve Standardization Instruction Pilot – conducts classroom, simulator and in-flight instruction of Coast Guard student pilots and fleet pilots. Also develops, designs, and implements tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for the fleet.
Detached Duty External (DDE) Aviation Instructor Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Advanced or Primary Flight Training Instructor Pilot – Conducts classroom and in-flight instruction of Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and international student naval aviators. Also serve as pilot-in-command of Navy training aircraft.
Note: Transition courses will NOT be offered for Coast Guard or Navy aircraft. Requalification courses may be offered to support the needs of the Coast Guard.
All reserve aviators will be required to maintain their flight designations and qualifications. This translates into roughly 60-72 drilling days a year to meet flight maneuver minimums and complete proficiency requirements.
In addition to flight duty, reserve pilots may be required to perform other aviation operations and training duties, as well as participate in command-sponsored aviation safety events.
The Coast Guard is looking for pilots who are current in their training and flight hours. The preference is for aviators who separated from active duty, or had an approved separation on file, no earlier than Oct. 1, 2021.
Waivers will also be considered for the right applicant, McAndrew says. If you meet the other requirements listed below, you’re encouraged to apply.
- A current or previous designation as a Coast Guard aircraft commander
- A minimum of 750 hours as pilot-in-command (PIC) of a military aircraft
- A minimum of 1,500 total hours in a military aircraft
- Successful completion of a Coast Guard or Department of Defense (DoD) flight physical prior to flight duties
In addition, all reserve aviators seeking Naval Air Training Commands should have previous experience as a Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM) instructor and have flown in an instructional sortie within the past year.
Selection will be based on available assignments, airframe designation, total flight time, and the candidate’s performance as an aviator.
The CG has three aviation ratings: Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Avionics Electrical Technician (AET), and Aviation Survival Technician (AST). The AMT and AET Schools are 26-weeks long and a typical class has 20 students. The AST School is 24-weeks long and a typical class consists of 20 students. In recognition of active-duty aircrews, the Executive Board approved special recognition for ALL ATTC school graduates with a dues-free initial year of membership in the association, effective 1 July 2014. Here listed are late-2020 & early-2021 graduates whom we salute with pride. We welcome all to the exciting and rewarding world of CG aviation and extend our heartiest wishes for many satisfying years of performance in your vital roles in Coast Guard Aviation. We sincerely hope you will continue as members of our Pterodactyl Aviation Community. Congratulations and Welcome Aboard!!!
|AET3 Randy M Aguirre Mobile||AET3 Blake A. Beard Miami|
|AET3 Roman L. Bratic HITRON||AET3 Eva M. Davison Sacramento|
|AET3 Ricardo L. Fuentes Mobile||AET3 Adam L. Gold Elizabeth City|
|AET3 Forrest T. Schue Sacramento||AET3 Jake A. Suthard Elizabeth City|
|AET3 Jacob P. Flannery HITRON||AMT3 Kayle W. Bosley Miami|
|AMT3 James T. Carabin Mobile||AMT3 SHAE C. Erickson San Francisco|
|AMT3 Christian D. Mirenda Atlantic City||AMT3 Hunter G. Morris San Diego|
|AMT3 Darien T. Neely Barbers Point||AMT3 Christopher J. Pavlik Miami|
|AMT3 Herbert A. Pitts Cape Cod||Jorden E. Sanchez San Francisco|
|AMT3 Reece A. Williams Clearwater||AMT3 Reece A. Williams Clearwater|
|AMT3 Patrick R. Brown Traverse City||AET3 Tresen K. Arakaki Clearwater|
|AET3 Andrew J. Bear Kodiak||AET3 Ricardo A. Fajardo Ramos Miami|
|AET3 Juan Figueroa Hernandez Barbers Point||AET3 Ty D. Lindeman Savannah|
|AET3 Taylor G. Martin Miami||AET3 Joshua C. Prater Kodiak|
|AET3 Aaron Ruiz Clearwater||AET3 Maxx R. Sepulveda Barbers Point|
|AET3 Christopher M. Wenck Atlantic City||AET3 Joshua J. Colon Vega Mobile|
|AMT3 Diego A. Beltran Bernal Atlantic City||AMT3 Vincent P. Boyer Cape Cod|
|AMT3 Tristan H. Browne Kodiak||AMT3 Jacob X. Colleton Atlantic City|
|AMT3 James S. Gold HITRON||AMT3 Steven W. Gordon Detroit|
|AMT3 Andrew J. Hall North Bend||AMT3 Hunter S. Harris HITRON|
|AMT3 Brenden G. Mahoney New Orleans||AMT3 Tasha A. Munson Elizabeth City|
|AMT3 Michael C. Scott Detroit||AMT3 Michael J. Steele Mobile|
|AMT3 Pohai McWhirter Kodiak||AST3 Peter M. Cowen Kodiak|
|AST3 Joan M. Gonzalez Miami||AET3 Jacob D. Gray Miami|
|AET3 Alexander R. Grussing Sacramento||AET3 Jacob A. Hancock Mobile|
|AET3 Kevin P. McManus Traverse City||AET3 Francis P. Makepeace San Francisco|
|AET3 Tanner N. Redman Mobile||AET3 Joshua C. Richards Elizabeth City|
|AET3 Connor A. Rudolph Miami||AET3 AET3 Kevin H. Ryan Mobile|
|AET3 Marc A. Todd Sacramento|