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Marine Aviation Recruiter

RoarkJr.

Well-Known Member
I recall there being a Marine aviation recruiter while I was in college. They would come with the flight simulators and set up a station on campus once or twice a year.

I’m interested in learning more about service in that capacity. Any information, stories, recommendations etc. on it would be appreciated.
 

Bigfoot

Member
I don't think that was a Marine aviation recruiter.
It was likely the local Officer selection officer (OSO) looking to recruit future pilots as part of his job. A large percentage of their candidates will be aviation contracts, but they recruit ground jobs as well.
 

RoarkJr.

Well-Known Member
I don't think that was a Marine aviation recruiter.
It was likely the local Officer selection officer (OSO) looking to recruit future pilots as part of his job. A large percentage of their candidates will be aviation contracts, but they recruit ground jobs as well.
Our local OSO was a ground Captain. This Major (aviator) specifically ran the simulators and traveled with them if I recall correctly. But I could be wrong about there being a billet for that.
 

Criminal

God's personal hacky sack
pilot
I actually wouldn’t mind, but I was specifically wondering if there was a way to be more about recruiting for aviation.
The billet you speak of is called the Aviation Assistant for Officer Procurement (AAOP). There is one pilot (nfo now too) at each of the 6 Marine recruiting districts. The AAOP works in the operations department at the district that deals solely with officer recruiting (only plc & occ) called the AOP shop.

The majority of the AAOP's duties are administrative; processing waivers, prepping boards, monitoring mission, making reports, QA of board packages, answering RFIs from OSOs & higher, doing research/pulling historical data, and prepping for OCS shipping. AAOPs often act as a conduit between the OSOs and higher hq. AAOPs also travel to help OSOs (usually once a semester) recruit for aviation,though its questionable if they really need help with it. Typically this is done through class talks/career fairs, setting up a simulator, or at qn event as a 'proof source.'

I just came off this billet in the summer. It shouldn't be something to strive for, but overall not a bad gig if it comes up. Very busy and stressful at times, but often boring waiting for something to do. There is a huge learning curve cause the recruiting world is a whole different animal and you are expected to be an expert. Took me about a year to really get the hang of it. People up and down are looking to you for answers.

The AOP shop has usually 5 people in it: the aop (your boss), two staff NCOs (ops chief /trainers), a corpsman, and a civilian hr guy. AAOPs work directly with OSOs, District leadership (OPSO, CO), and region counterparts.

One or two spots will come available a year and is usually split between fixed & rotary wing. If one is available and you like the location, give the current dude a call and see how it is.

Any other questions let me know.
 

RoarkJr.

Well-Known Member
The billet you speak of is called the Aviation Assistant for Officer Procurement (AAOP). There is one pilot (nfo now too) at each of the 6 Marine recruiting districts. The AAOP works in the operations department at the district that deals solely with officer recruiting (only plc & occ) called the AOP shop.

The majority of the AAOP's duties are administrative; processing waivers, prepping boards, monitoring mission, making reports, QA of board packages, answering RFIs from OSOs & higher, doing research/pulling historical data, and prepping for OCS shipping. AAOPs often act as a conduit between the OSOs and higher hq. AAOPs also travel to help OSOs (usually once a semester) recruit for aviation,though its questionable if they really need help with it. Typically this is done through class talks/career fairs, setting up a simulator, or at qn event as a 'proof source.'

I just came off this billet in the summer. It shouldn't be something to strive for, but overall not a bad gig if it comes up. Very busy and stressful at times, but often boring waiting for something to do. There is a huge learning curve cause the recruiting world is a whole different animal and you are expected to be an expert. Took me about a year to really get the hang of it. People up and down are looking to you for answers.

The AOP shop has usually 5 people in it: the aop (your boss), two staff NCOs (ops chief /trainers), a corpsman, and a civilian hr guy. AAOPs work directly with OSOs, District leadership (OPSO, CO), and region counterparts.

One or two spots will come available a year and is usually split between fixed & rotary wing. If one is available and you like the location, give the current dude a call and see how it is.

Any other questions let me know.
That was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for taking the time. How long was your tour of duty?
 
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