24 Aug '13, 1pm
Flying warrant officer program gets the ax
The Navy has permanently grounded its 6-year-old Flying Warrant Officer Program, saying that though successful at turning enlisted sailors into aviators, the needs of the service have changed. Moreover, the long-term impact of keeping it going would hurt both the people and the service. The 49 fliers created by this enlisted-to-officer program both pilots and naval flight officers will continue to fly, most likely as commissioned officers, though the service is giving them options. This was a success from the standpoint that we were able to take good sailors from the rank and train them and send to the fleet good pilots and naval flight officers who can function as professional aviators, Cmdr. Dave Whitehead said. The problem is that ... the reasons we went down this path in the first place, no longer exist. Keeping the program going now, he said, is actually bad...