That stigma is perpetuated because Naval Aviator has a nice tidy title associated with it - pilot. It looks good to be a doctor, pilot, or lawyer on paper, but in reality there are hundreds of jobs in-between that make the mission happen, and NFO is one of them. It's not as apparent what they do. My perspective may be a little more open because I have seen first hand what their Air Force counterparts do (CSOs), and they are the ones playing with some seriously cool toys, dropping bombs, and racking up kill-counts. I realize a lot of people were gunning for SNA first and foremost, but nobody should scoff at NFO or feel they are bottom of the barrel. If you've made it this far, you've done damn well and you're the cream of the crop already. Just my 2 cents. The only bad thing is that your prospects on the outside are a little different and you have to adjust accordingly and make the best career moves for yourself.