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(AG) Aerographer's Mate
Aerographer's Mates are the U.S. Navy's weather forecasters. They are trained in meteorology and the use of aerological instruments that monitor air pressure, temperature, humidity, wind speed, and direction. They prepare weather maps and forecasts and can analyze atmospheric conditions to determine the best flight levels for aircraft. An AG can measure wind and air density to aid the accuracy of anti-aircraft firing, shore bombardment and delivery of weapons by aircraft.

AG "A" and "C" Schools are currently located in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Keesler Air Force Base. AG "A" School concentrates on weather observing and lasts approximately 3 months. AG "C" concentrates on weather forecasting and lasts approximately 8 months. Upon graduating from "A" school, AGs work toward qualification as environmental observers through completion of Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) and Job Qualification Requirements (JQR). They also prepare for advanced training at "C" school by the four- to six-year career stage. Aerographer's mates are assigned to larger ships such as aircraft carriers and amphibious ships, to naval air stations, weather centers, and other shore facilities in the United States or overseas. During a 20-year period in the Navy, AGs spend about 60 percent of their time assigned to fleet units and 40 percent to shore stations.

The duties performed by AGs include:
  • collecting, recording and analyzing weather and oceanographic information;
  • preparing up-to-date weather maps and oceanographic data;
  • issuing weather forecasts and warnings;
  • conducting weather/oceanographic briefings;
  • using, testing, calibrating and performing minor and preventive maintenance on meteorological instruments including satellite receivers;
  • preparing balloon-carried instruments for flight, evaluating and analyzing data received;
  • operating, programming and maintaining computers and related equipment.
Working Environment
Men and women in the AG rating perform their duties in clean, comfortable office-like environments. Their work is usually mental, is done closely with others and requires little supervision.

Security Clearance Requirement: Secret

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating
  • First Sea Tour: 36 months
  • First Shore Tour: 60 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 60 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 60 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 60 months
Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

AG is classified as an INUS/OUTUS (in the U.S./Outside the U.S.) community, which means that instead of being assigned to ships, many of their overseas assignments are classified as sea tour duty
for sea/show flow purposes. Aerographer's Mates are assigned as
weather observers following completion of their initial training.
An observer tour is required prior to attending Forecaster "C -
School" (advanced training). Upon completion of Forecaster "C
-School," follow on assignments as an AG will be for Forecaster
Billets. Sailors in the AG community can expect to serve more than
half their careers in operational support tours ashore.

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