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AIRCRAFT Marine    rotary-wing    units    include    Marine attack  helicopter  (HMA)  squadrons;  light  (HML), medium  (HMM),  and  heavy  helicopter  transport (HMH)     squadrons;     and     experimental/special mission    helicopter    (HMX)    squadrons.    Marine fixed-wing units include Marine attack (VMA), all- weather attack (VHA[AW]), fighter/attack (VMFA),    tactical    electronic    warfare    (VMAQ), tactical  reconnaissance  (VMFP),  aerial  refueler/ transport    (VMGR),    and    observation     (VMO) squadrons. Marine helicopters include the UH-1N Iroquois, AH-1T/W Cobra,  CH-46  Sea  Knight,  and  CH-53E Sea Stallion. The Sea Stallion, the largest military helicopter in the free world, has a lift capability of more than 32,000 pounds. Marine  fixed-wing  aircraft  include  the  F/A-18 Hornet,    A-6    Intruder,    A-4    Skyhawk,    AV-8B Harrier (fig. 14-5), EA-6B Prowler, RF-4 Phantom, OV-10   Bronco,   and   the   KC-130   Hercules.   All Marine aircraft, except the  Hercules,  can  operate from  aircraft  carriers  and  expeditionary  airfields ashore. Helicopters and Harriers can also operate from amphibious ships. MARINE CORPS OFFICERS The   Marine   Corps   has   officer   procurement programs  similar  to  those  of  the  Navy.  They  are based on provisions of federal statutes as issued by instructions  from  the  Secretary  of  the  Navy  and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Candidates for  appointment  to  a  commissioned  grade  in  the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve must be citizens   of   the   United   States.   They   must   be mentally,  morally,  physically,  and  professionally qualified   and   at   least   20   years   of   age.   Naval aviator candidates must not be over 27½ years of age, and  ground  officer  (exclusive  of  limited  duty officer and warrant officer) candidates must not be over 28 years of age. NAVAL ACADEMY The Secretary of the Navy allots to the Regular Marine  Corps  each  year  a  quota  (16.6  percent  at present) from the current  graduating  class  of  the Naval    Academy.    Upon    graduation,    members whose  applications  for  commission  in  the  Marine Corp have been approved by the Superintendent of the Naval Academy fill this quota. Applicants who were formerly enlisted in the Marine Corps 134.52 Figure 14-5.-The single-engine, single-seat AV-8B Harrier, used for light attack and close air support for ground forces, executing a vertical takeoff. 14-8

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