Welcome Aboard

Aeromedical Officer Welcome Aboard

Dear Prospective Student Aeromedical Officer,

  1. Congratulations on your decision to join the Navy Aeromedical community! As a Naval Aeromedical Officer (Flight Surgeon, Aerospace Experimental Psychologist, Aerospace Operational Physiologist, Aerospace Optometrist, Aviation Medical Examiner and Aerospace Physician Assistant). You will experience fascinating travels, broad professional responsibilities, and rewarding associations with outstanding men and women. To our foreign military students, I hope your training with us will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the United States and its Navy medical professionals.

  2. My staff is eager to help you make the transition. Pensacola is a historical and Navy-friendly community. NAS Pensacola (NASP) is the Cradle of Naval Aviation and serves as the launching point for every Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, Enlisted Aircrewman and Aeromedical Officer. NASP is also home to the world-famous Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron.

    1. Place your @MAIL.mil email account in the "Transition Folder"to facilitate re-gaining access to it once you arrive at NAMI.
    2. Deactivates  your Government Travel Charge Card (GOVCC)if you have one.
    3. Detaches  you from their Defense Travel System (DTS) account.
    4. Provide a copy of your detaching Fitness Report or Letter of Extension.

  4. PCS move. Please make sure to allow sufficient time to find housing, receive any household goods shipments, and attend to things such as medical or dental visits, enrollment of kids in school, etc. Detach as soon as you can  since you may check-in earlier than the REPORT NLT date. Another option is to have your arrangements made and leases signed before arriving in Pensacola. You are entitled to 5 working days of no-cost TAD for house-hunting. You may take this once you arrive in Pensacola if you have not used this entitlement prior to detaching from your previous command and you arrive prior to the RNL date. If you would like to use your house-hunting TAD on this end, you will report in to NAMI FIRST and THEN we'll send you on your TAD time (Starting at 1700 Friday to 0700 Monday next week). The goal is to have all your personal and family housing needs settled before we start classes. The BOQ (Navy Gateway Inns & Suites) has generally NOT  been able to host our students for the full length of our course, so don't count on the BOQ for your entire time here (except for our foreign students and Student Naval Aviation Medical Examiners).

    For housing information, please check out the NASP housing web site https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_pensacola/ffr/housing_and_lodging.html or go to the Naval Air Station Pensacola homepage: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/Pensacola/ and click on the house icon under quick links.

    Additional links that may help you in your transition to Pensacola are located on the NAMI webpage: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmotc/nami/ , http://www.militarybyowner.com and the NAS Pensacola webpage: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/Pensacola/ The Pensacola MLS website is handy to look for rental info: http://www.pensacolamls.com, as is Craig's List.

    Because you are executing Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) orders, you may choose to come without your dependents and request BAH at your dependents' location. Inform the Student Control Officer, and he will provide the letter to PERS.

  5. Checking-In. Delivery and unpacking of household goods should be accomplished before the class convening date unless your spouse or another person (with a Power of Attorney) can accept delivery for you. If you have any special personal or family considerations that might require you to check-in earlier, contact us and we can probably arrange something. Also, if you are uncertain of your swimming skills, we can do some advance work with you if you check-in as soon as possible.
    1. Check-in: You should report to the Academics Department (Building 665, Room 105) during normal working hours (0730-1600). Be in the uniform of the day (Khakis) when you report. If you move your household goods to Pensacola, you must accept delivery of them within 90 days. You CANNOT leave them in storage here at government expense for the entire duration of the course. You MAY be able to leave them in storage at government expense AT YOUR POINT OF ORIGIN/CURRENT DUTY STATION. Please discuss this thoroughly with the Personal Property Office before you decide what to do. Many students have found furnished apartments and have been quite surprised when their household goods have to be delivered!
    2. Have your Health and Dental records in hand, (Required for check in), NOT packed with your personal belongings. Have your immunization record with you to prevent getting duplicate shots. Your medical record will be reviewed and a flight physical will be done during your first week, if necessary. You will be expected to meet the Navy's height- weight/tape measure requirements upon check-in.
    3. Uniforms should also travel with you, not packed away in the household goods shipment. The uniform of the day at NAMI year-around is summer khaki (Certified Navy Twill or Poly Cotton) with ribbons. Class 2020-1, You will need your Service Dress Blues for an inspection the first week of class. Class 2020-2 and 2020-3 You will need to bring Service Dress Blues and Whites ("choker whites"). Our Navy Exchange Uniform Shop routinely carries a selection of the common types of uniforms and accessories. Specialized uniform items can be obtained from your Uniform Support Center either online at http://www.navy-nex.com or by telephone (CONUS) at 1-800-368-4088.

  6. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Training, If you are coming from a military facility, make sure you ahce a current ATLS certification. ATLS training is not required for Medical Service Corps students.

  7. Travel Claims. The Student Control Officer will meet with you upon arrival to get your travel claims organized and submitted. If you require lodging prior to your detachment and upon your arrival, travel office will reimburse you for a maximum of 10 days. Provide receipts to the Student Control Officer. You do not need receipts for lodging, meals and gas for your allowed "travel days" since you are getting per diem.

  8. The Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC), located in Building 625, provides information and referrals regarding community and military resources, employment assistance for spouses, youth programs, and Exceptional Family Member program information. The FFSC staff is available for information, referral, and assistance Monday through Friday 0730-1600, telephone (850) 452-5990 or DSN 459-5990.

  9. Calendar. Significant planning dates for your classes are:

    2020-1 15 JUL 19 22 JUL 19 14 FEB 20
    2020-2 30 AUG 19 09 SEP 19 27 MAR 20
    2020-3 08 NOV 19 18 NOV 19 29 MAY 20

    Student Naval Aerospace Operational Physiologists (SNAOPS) report early due to attending Navy Instructor Training Course (NITC). Call MSC Coordinator at (850) 452-2835

    A note about Christmas Leave: Each of the three classes will be onboard during the Christmas/New Year holiday period, in different phases of training. Training is generally suspended between Christmas and New Year's Day. Further guidance regarding holiday leave will be provided once you report aboard. DO NOT make firm travel commitments until the dates have been officially promulgated. Also, Leave outside the U.S. is not allowed at any time.

  10. Licensure. If you have not completed Step III or do not have a state medical license, it is imperative that you begin your application process immediately. Actually, you will probably not be allowed to detach from your internship MTF until you pass USMLE Step III. Many states have lengthy lead times before a license can be granted. A medical license must be obtained before you obtain your flight surgeon billet.

  11. Personal Computers. It is strongly recommended that you have a notebook computer with CD-ROM. Although we have a computer lab in the schoolhouse, a PC is an invaluable tool, both here in training and in your fleet assignment.

  12. Physical Conditioning. Training can be very demanding as well as an enjoyable challenge. You will be taking the official Navy PRT as normally scheduled in fall and spring while at NAMI, and another screening PRT at Naval Aviation Schools Command, "YOU MUST PASS THE PRT PRIOR TO STARTING" of the Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) phase. In addition to the standard Navy PRT you'll perform at NAMI,
    1. You must not only TAKE the PRT-style fitness test, you must PASS it
    2. Passing, per OPNAVINST 6110.1J. Rating goes satisfactory, good, excellent, outstanding, and maximum. The minimum passing score is a Satisfactory.
    3. The cardiovascular endurance portion of the test shall use the 1.5-mile RUN only (not swim, treadmill, bike or elliptical)
    4. The run will be performed on a wood chip trail with hills located behind the training pool.
    5. Be advised that, especially for our first class each year during August/early September, relative humidity at NAS Pensacola range from ~60-95% (which is especially hard for our students from San Diego and Camp Pendleton to adjust to).
    6. You will be running this test alongside 21-23 year-old student aviators, and although most of you will fall in the 24-29 year-old PRT age bracket and your minimum run times are allowed to be slightly longer than the younger students, it sets a poor example for those junior officers if you can't meet the minimum run time.
    7. Prior to arriving log onto PRIMS and fill out the PARFQ, this must be completed prior to your weight in. Your PHA must be current in order to fill out the PARFQ.

  13. Swimming. There are additional physical fitness challenges during API. During the swimming phase, you will be required to swim a mile wearing a flight suit (but no boots) in less than 80 minutes, jump from a fifteen-foot tower and then swim approximately 25 yards underwater, demonstrate proficiency in the side, back, breast and crawl strokes, and qualify in the Helo Dunker multi-place underwater escape trainer. You may not progress to the flying phase and graduate until these requirements are met. I advise that you begin a swimming regimen before you arrive, particularly if you are a weak swimmer. We administer a swim check after your arrival to identify any students who might benefit from remedial training. Remember that aerobic fitness does not guarantee swimming expertise! Basic aerobic conditioning and honing your swimming skills will be of great benefit in preparing yourself for the physical requirements of the program. A problem with swimming is the number one reason for training delays for our aeromedical officers. If you feel that you need additional pool time, try to report two weeks early. Claudia Lee will make arrangement with the instructors to evaluate your swim ability.


    "Start practicing now!"

  14. API Academics. The academic portion of Aviation Preflight Indoctrination is very challenging. The topics are very different from medical school and include navigation, aerodynamics, meteorology, etc. You have to pass all the tests in order to complete API before commencing flight training and completing Flight Surgeon training. We will not approve leave the day before major exams. You will need the time to study these topics and rest to be alert for the tests. Not passing Navigation is the top academic reason for training delays in API. If you have the opportunity, we recommend obtaining a book on flight navigation (by Jeppsen or other publishers), and becoming familiar with the topic prior to arrival here.

  15. Repeat Flight Physical. After arriving you are required to have another Flight Physical. DO NOT HAVE ANY MAJOR MEDICAL PROCEDURES/SURGERIES. Specifically, do not get LASIK/PRK in the time between now and when you show up for your flight physical. It may delay your starting, as for some procedures there is a mandatory wait time before we can get you "up" again, and you cannot start training without an "up" status.

  16. Naval aviation weight limits. Prospective Aeromedical Officer Students: While Naval aviation weight limits are 103 to 245 lbs, you must weigh no more than 231 lbs while in Pensacola due to limits of the T-6 ejection seat. This is a safety based requirement and it cannot be waived. Your weight will be checked before and throughout your flight training. Those found to weigh over 231 pounds at any period of their flight training will not be able to proceed with their flight training. Since completion of flight training is required to become an Aeromedical Officer, anyone over 231 pounds will not be able to complete the Aeromedical Officer Syllabus and will not be designated as an Aeromedical Officer.

  17. "Flight Surgeon's, AME's and PA's students, ensure you have a current BLS and ACLS cards that are valid since you will do a refresher course here".

  18. Contact information. Should you require further assistance, please feel free to contact Mr. Ready, our Student Control Officer, at the following address, telephone number, or e-mail address:

    Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (Code 53AH)
    340 Hulse Road
    Pensacola, FL 32508-1092
    Commercial: (850) 452-2458 DSN 459-2458
    E-Mail: mancel.a.ready.civ@mail.mil

The entire staff of the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute stands by ready to help you succeed and earn your designation as a Flight Surgeon, Aerospace and Operational Physiologist, Aerospace Experimental Psychologist, Aerospace Optometrist, Aviation Medical Examiner and Aerospace Physician Assistant. We are happy you have chosen aerospace medicine and welcome you to NAMI. See you in a few weeks/months!

Guillermo A Navarro CDR MC USN

Director of Academics