Navy Aviation Mechanical Administrationman are referred to as AZs.
This is perhaps fitting, as sailors in this diverse rating, as AZs seem to do everything from “A to Z.”
Normally working in production or maintenance control, you’ll find the AZ doing tasks from performing clerical and administrative duties (typing, filing) or maintaining engine logbooks and associated aircraft records, to such duties as scheduling aircraft inspections, or issuing aircraft inspections and work orders, among other duties.
The duties of an AZ is defined by the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP).
These are all in addition to their collateral military duties such as standing watch, serving on the ship’s firefighting team, or the ship’s security force.
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The Navy officially established the AZ rating in 1963.
A five-year obligation (60 months) is required to join the Navy as an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman.
Requirements and Qualifications
To serve as an Aviation Maintenance Administration-man (AZ) in the United States Navy, you must meet certain requirements:
- Must be a US citizen.
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 39.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Must be eligible for a security clearance.
- Must have normal hearing.
- Must have normal color perception.
- Must have an Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score of VE (Verbal) + AR (Arithmetic Reasoning) = 103.
Training and Career Path
AZs, like all other Navy enlisted personnel, must successfully complete eight weeks of Navy Recruit Training, at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes (RTC Great Lakes).
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The eight-week-long Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) Class “A” Technical School is located in Meridian Mississippi.
In a formal setting of group instruction, future AZs learn subjects such as basic aircraft maintenance and operating practices, organizational structures, as well as record, logs, and report procedures for naval aircraft.
What’s Life Like for an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ)?
AZs normally work in a clean office environment where they do primarily mental work, a combination of managerial, clerical, and administrative duties, that requires close communication with all of the other aviation maintenance ratings.
The day-to-day duties of an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman include:
- Maintain engine logbooks and associated aircraft records.
- Prepare correspondence and reports.
- Schedule aircraft inspections.
- Issue work orders and aircraft inspections.
- Perform computer system and database analysis.
- Maintain, organize and operate technical publication libraries (Navy Aeronautiucal Technical Publications Library (ATPL)) to include relevant reports and related maintenance data.
- Maintain and organize charts showing trends in aircraft reliability, keeping charts that show trends in aircraft system reliability.
- Operate the Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System (NALCOMIS).
AZs can be assigned to helicopter and aircraft squadrons deployed on Navy ships, as well as squadrons within the continental United States or based overseas.
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Navy Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) Sea/Shore Rotation
The Sea/Shore Rotation for Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) is about average, with AZs spending about 50 percent of their time ashore and 50 percent of their time assigned to the fleet over the course of a 20-year career.
|Tour||Sea Tour||Shore Tour|
|First Tour||54 Months (4.5 Years)||36 Months (3 Years)|
|Second Tour||42 Months (3.5 Years)||36 Months (3 Years)|
|Third Tour||42 Months (3.5 Years)||36 Months (3 Years)|
|Fourth Tour||36 Months (3 Years)||36 Months (3 Years)|
|Fifth Tour||36 Months (3 Years)||36 Months (3 Years)|
|Sixth Tour||36 Months (3 Years)||36 Months (3 Years)|
|Seventh Tour||36 Months (3 Years)||36 Months (3 Years)|
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How Much Are Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) Paid?
Like all the other Armed Services, the Navy bases a sailor’s pay on their rank and length of service.
|Insignia||Pay Grade||Rank||Abbreviation||2019 Pay (monthly)|
|E-4||Petty Officer Third Class||PO3||$2,195|
|E-5||Petty Officer Second Class||PO2||$2,394|
|E-6||Petty Officer First Class||PO1||$2,613|
|E-7||Chief Petty Officer||CPO||$3,021|
|E-8||Senior Chief Petty Officer||SCPO||$4,345|
|E-9||Master Chief Petty Officer||MCPO||$5,308|
|E-9||Command Master Chief Petty Officer||CMDCM||$5,429|
|E-9||Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Navy||MCPON||$5,580|
As are all sailors, AZs may be entitled to other forms of compensation including base allowance for housing (BAH), base allowance for subsistence (BAS), sea pay, etc.
As the Aviation Maintenance Administrationman rating is currently undermanned, opportunities for placement and advancement are excellent.
Sailors serving as AZs seem especially happy with the opportunity to have joined the Navy and AZ as their rating selection.
AZ3 Elvaughn Riley serving aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) states “Being forward deployed feels special. I feel my command is unique and very important.”
Adds AZ3 Riley, “The Navy has made me see things in a new light getting to travel and see the world and appreciate living more.”
Deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), AZ1 Mary Quenga feels much the same, “Serving in the Navy means being a part of something bigger than yourself. Now that I have kids and a husband, I do it for them.”
Reviews on indeed.com by former and current AZs are extremely positive, with one AZ even declaring, “This was an awesome job.”
The Department of the Navy’s Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website estimates that there are about 2,800 sailors serving as Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) in the Navy today.
Civilian Career Opportunities
There is no shortage of civilian career opportunities for Aviation Maintenance Administrationman retiring or departing military service.
Just a few of these include:
- Logistics Managers
- Statistical Assistants
- Training and Development Specialists
- Procurement Clerks
- Administrative Services Managers
- Correspondence Clerks
- Data Entry Keyers
- Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
- Database Administrators
- Industrial Production Managers
- Logistics Analysts
Aviation Maintenance Administrationman are encouraged to take full advantage of the on-the-job (OJT), training opportunities, and educational opportunities offered and afforded them during their naval service.
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The United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) also allows AZs to complete several of their civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty.
Several national certifications, federal licenses, and state licenses are obtainable by sailors in the Aviation Maintenance Administrationman rating.
With the civilian career opportunities that abound, along with the outstanding advancement opportunities that exist while serving, young people interested in a Naval career should give consideration to the Aviation Maintenance Administrationman rating.
The field is especially a fit for young people interested in aviation and working around or with aircraft.
Basic skills in record keeping, speaking, writing, and arithmetic along with a keen interest in weather systems are particularly useful in the AZ rating.
Life as an AZ in the US Navy allows young women and men to not only learn valuable skills while seeing the world, but also the opportunity to provide a much-needed service to their nation.