ordnance shops, armories, and aviation ammunition
Aviation Structural Mechanic.The insignia for
the Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) rating is a
winged replica of crossed mauls.
AMs inspect, maintain, and repair aircraft,
airframe, and structural components and surfaces.
They supervise the operation of airframe work centers
and have many other responsibilities.
The AMs are divided into three categories: (1)
Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment
(AME); (2) Aviation Structural Mechanic, Hydraulics
(AMH); and (3) Aviation Structural Mechanic,
Some of their specific
responsibilities are listed in the next three paragraphs.
The AMEs inspect, remove, install, and rig ejection
seats, shoulder harnesses, lap belts, and face-curtain
mechanisms. They also inspect, remove, install, and
adjust firing mechanisms and cartridges for ejection
seats, lap belts, and canopies.
The AMHs maintain hydraulic systems, including
main and auxiliary power systems and unit actuating
They inspect, remove, and replace
components of hydraulic systems; and bleed hydraulic
systems. They also perform daily, preflight, postflight,
and other periodic aircraft inspections.
The AMSs maintain aircraft fuselages, wings, and
fixed and movable surfaces.
They fabricate and
assemble metal parts and make minor repairs to aircraft
skin. They also paint, perform dye penetrant
inspections, and perform daily, preflight, and other
periodic aircraft inspections.
OCCUPATIONAL FIELD 6 (AVIATION
GROUND SUPPORT). This occupational field
includes the Aviation Boatswains Mate (AB) and
Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AS) ratings.
Aviation Boatswains Mate. The insignia for the
Aviation Boatswains Mate (AB) rating consists of a
winged replica of crossed anchors.
ABs operate, maintain, and perform organizational
maintenance on catapults, arresting gear, barricades,
and associated flight deck launching and recovery
They operate and service aircraft
ground-handling equipment and machinery. They also
operate and service aircraft crash, fire-fighting, and
rescue equipment and handle aircraft on carriers and
ashore. They perform crash rescue, fire-fighting, crash
removal, and damage control duties.
The ABs are divided into three categories: (1)
Aviation Boatswains Mate, Launching and Recovery
Equipment (ABE), (2) Aviation Boatswains Mate,
Fuels (ABF), and (3) Aviation Boatswains Mate,
Aircraft Handling (ABH). Some of the specific
responsibilities are listed in the following paragraphs.
The ABEs operate, maintain, and perform
organizational maintenance on hydraulic and steam
catapults, barricades, arresting gear, arresting gear
engines, and associated equipment ashore and afloat.
They also operate catapult launch and retract panels,
consoles, firing panels, water brakes, blast deflectors,
and cooling panels. They perform aircraft-handling
duties related to the operation of aircraft launching and
The ABFs operate, maintain, and perform
organizational maintenance on aviation fueling and
lubricating oil systems in CVs, LPHs, and LPDs. They
operate, maintain, and repair the valves and piping of
purging and protective systems within the Air
Department spaces aboard ship. They also supervise
the operation and servicing of fuel farms and equipment
associated with the fueling and defueling of aircraft
ashore and afloat. ABFs also train, direct, and supervise
fire-fighting crews, fire rescue teams, and damage
control parties in assigned fuel and lubricating oil
spaces and observe and enforce fuel-handling safety
The ABHs direct the movement and spotting of
aircraft ashore and afloat and perform duties in
connection with the launching and recovery of aircraft.
They operate, maintain, and perform organizational
maintenance on ground-handling equipment used for
the moving and hoisting of aircraft ashore and afloat.