MARADMINS : 087/16
R 221341Z FEB 16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC AVN//
SUBJ/FY-17 TRANSITION/CONVERSION BOARD FOR MARINE NAVAL AVIATORS AND NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICERS//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/MCO 1331.2K//
REF/C/MSGID: DOC/MCO 1300.8/-//
NARR/REF A IS MCO 1331.2K, TRANSITION/CONVERSION TRAINING FOR MARINE NAVAL AVIATORS AND NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICERS. REF B IS MARADMIN 454/06 THAT DETAILS THE MV-22 TRANSITION POLICY FOR THE CH-46/CH-53D COMMUNITIES. REF C IS MCO 1300.8, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY. REF D IS MARADMIN 287/12 PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON MV-22 TRANSITION/CONVERSION//
POC/MATEO SALAS/MAJ, ASM-30/HQMC AVN ASM/-/TEL:703-614-1244/EMAIL: MATEO.SALAS(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. The Deputy Commandant for Aviation is committed to the Marine Aviation Transition/Conversion (T/C) program. This MARADMIN seeks applications from those motivated professionals who desire to expand their careers and challenge themselves by transitioning to a different type aircraft or converting to a new model aircraft.
2. The board will convene on or about 15 June 2016.
a. Naval Aviator (NA) eligibility. The transition/conversion program is offered to active duty naval aviators. In accordance with ref A, officers with more than 13 years commissioned service (YCS) as of 1 Oct 16 will not normally be considered for T/C training. This will be waived on a case by case basis for C-9 applicants. Specific eligibility criteria are listed in paragraph 9. M&RA will screen each applicant to ensure the population of the applicant’s current PMOS can sustain a transition.
b. Naval flight officer (NFO) eligibility. T/C is offered to any active duty NFO with less than 13 YCS as of 1 Oct 16. NFOs applying for transition must meet all student naval aviator SNA physical standards, have a current SNA flight physical, and ensure appropriate SNA medical waivers are included in their applications.
c. In accordance with reference C, officers selected for transition or conversion training must meet minimum time-on-station (TOS) requirements. To be eligible for consideration, officers shall have a minimum of 18 months TOS by 1 Oct 16. Officers will not be eligible to PCS for training until they have completed 24 months TOS. If the applicant is on a one-year set of PCS orders (e.g., appropriate level school), then one year TOS will meet the standard with regard to PCS orders. Marines attending Expeditionary Warfare School, Command and Staff College, or other schools without a payback tour are encouraged to apply.
d. Primary selects may be required to execute a PCS to their new duty station or training location as early as September 2016. Inability to meet the required timeline will result in forfeiture of selection and fleeting up an alternate. PCS and training dates will be coordinated by MMOA once the final results are posted. If an applicant will not be available by September 2016, the earliest move date needs to be defined in the applicant’s AA form for board consideration.
e. Officers who have been previously selected for T/C training to an active MOS on any previous board will not be considered.
4. In accordance with ref A, transition consists of a change of aircraft type, e.g. helicopter, tiltrotor, tactical jet, fixed-wing assault support (KC-130), and VSTOL jet or change from NFO to NA. Transition selectees will incur a four-year additional service obligation to commence on the date training is completed. Selectees will not normally be considered for PCS orders outside of their new MOS for a three-year period following the date training is completed.
5. In accordance with ref A, conversion consists of change of aircraft model, e.g. CH-46 to CH-53. Conversion selectees will incur a three-year additional service obligation to commence on the date training is completed. Selectees will not normally be considered for PCS orders outside of their new MOS for a three-year period following the date training is completed.
6. If selected for T/C training, aviators receiving aviation continuation pay (ACP) bonus will retain eligibility for their previous MOS.
7. Applications for FY-17 T/C training will be accepted for the following categories:
a. Naval aviators:
-FW conversion to F-35: (see note 1)
-FW conversion to F/A-18
-FW/RW transition to MV-22
-FW/RW transition to C-9
-RW conversion to UH-1
note 1: applicants will be assigned to one of two categories: FRS F-35 instructor pilots and operational pilots
b. NFO transition to SNA
c. ECMO transition to WSO
8. General submission requirements:
a. Applicants may apply in any category for which they are qualified. Preferences should be listed on the application.
b. F-35 applicants should list preferences for FRS instructor pilot or operational pilot. However, if selected, final assignment will be determined by the needs of the F-35 community. Eligibility for F-35 transition this year is open to PMOS 7509, 7523 and 7543.
c. All applications shall be submitted in accordance with ref A and must include the following:
-Category or categories desired
-Summary of flight time (total time, total time by TMS)
-Date first commissioned
-Date of rank
-YCS as of 1 Oct 16
-Time on station as of 1 Oct 16
-Full DOD ID number
-Contact information to include work phone and e-mail address
-Copy of most recent flight physical (to include anthropometric measurements and any waivers).
d. Letters of recommendation are encouraged.
e. Applicants shall ensure that their OMPF is current to include PME, FITREPS and current digital photo.
9. Specific submission requirements:
a. Applicants for MV-22, or H-1: Command endorsement and minimum four years fleet experience. CH-46 pilots applying for MV-22 may waive the four years fleet experience requirement.
b. All applicants for F-35: Command endorsement and a minimum two years fleet experience. No more than 10 YCS as of 1 Oct 16.
c. Applicants for C-9 training: a minimum of 1500 flight hours and a strong background in instrument flying. Previous fixed wing experience is highly desired. Applicants with more than 13 YCS will be considered on a case by case basis. C-9 training does not result in a new PMOS. Pilots should consider PMOS career timing and implications when applying.
10. Submission instructions:
a. All packages must be submitted via the endorsing chain of command through the first general officer to HQMC (ASM-30) NLT 30 May 16. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
b. The commanding officer’s endorsement will be an important factor in the selection process. The endorsement should be an evaluation of the applicant’s capability to perform future aviation duties.
c. Once the application is complete, a digital (PDF) copy of the entire package is the standard for submission. Packages shall be emailed to both the POC listed in this message and to the applicant’s monitor. If the PDF file is too large to email, then send the file to the ASM POC via the AMRDEC safe file exchange website, https:(slash slash)safe.amrdec.army.mil/safe2/default.aspx.
d. Label all PDF files with last name.first name (e.g., foss.joe). If multiple PDF files are submitted for a single applicant, label files 1 of XX (e.g., foss.joe part 1 of 4).
11. Those individuals currently assigned to DIFDEN billets (FAC, staff, resident school, etc.) must include an endorsement from the commanding officer of their last flying assignment.
12. Selection board results will be announced by MARADMIN at the earliest possible date after the conclusion of the board proceedings. Board results will not be released until after publication of the MARADMIN announcing the selectees.
13. This bulletin is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
14. This bulletin is cancelled 1 Oct 17.
15. Release authorized by LtGen J. M. Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation.//