Did he - or will subsequent AF folks go to the boat as part of CAT 1 syllabus in the Growler?This has been an on again, off again thing over the years going back to the Prowler days. I think the distinction here is that the USAF is sending Cat 1 pilots, which is relatively new. We're looking at getting one of these guys through the GTI course eventually, so we can retain them in the broader community.
The first two 'CAT I' USAF ECMO/EWO's came through the RAG about the time I was leaving Whidbey, 'promised' follow-on orders were F-15's but no guarantee. None of the USAF Prowler guys thought that was a good idea at the time but that is what big USAF had decided.
Almost all USAF Nav's went to the boat when I went through, it was seen as a good deal then.Pilot won't go to the boat, some EWO's have been to the boat, but more of a professional development good deal, or bad deal however you want to view it, but they ultimately end up Exped.