NAVAIR Reserve Program (NRP) General Information

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Interested in Joining the NRP?


Civilians: Applications to become a Direct Commissioned Officer (DCO) are due each year by March 1 via your recruiter. For coordinating interviews, please contact the NRP Recruiter Liaison.

Officers: The NRP is composed primarily of 1515 (Aviation Engineering Duty Officer / AEDO) and 1525 (Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer / AMDO) designated officers. Nearly all officer billets, however, also accept 13X5 designators. Two billets are reserved for a Supply Corps Officer (3105 designator, especially if Naval Aviation Supply Corp (NASO) qualified) and a Judge Advocate General's Corps Officer (2505 designator).

On the Reserve Force Management Tool (RFMT) website (, use the APPLY or JO_APPLY tabs to search for billets by Program (NAVAIR Reserve Program, Program #25) or Community (AED/AMD, unless 2505/3105 designated).

Enlisted: Fleet Readiness Center – Reserve (FRC-R) Detachments support local FRCs in Norfolk, VA, Jacksonville, FL, Ft Worth, TX, San Diego, CA and Whidbey Island, WA. Sailors interested in supporting an FRC unit either in a local capacity, or as a cross-assigned Sailor, are encouraged to apply during the application phase of MyNavy Assignment (MNA). All FRC-R enlisted billets are open to all aviation rated Sailors of Aviation Machinist Mate (AD), Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AE) , Aviation Photographer’s Mate (AF), Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) , Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment (AME), Aviation Ordnanceman (AO), Aviation Electronics Technician (AT), Aviation Maintenance Administrationmen (AZ) & Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (PR). Sailors looking for billets in an FRC unit should select Reserve Functional Area (RFAS) substitutions in MNA to see all available billets. Sailors who may be local to an FRC unit that does not have any open billets are also encouraged to apply any open FRC billets. They then can be cross-assigned to their local FRC. Sailor comments are also critical in the selection process, so that command can ensure they are getting the best fit for their open billets. Exceptionally qualified Sailors who fail to enter Sailor comments and address the requirements for which they are applying for may not be considered.

Support expectations for cross-assigned Sailors is to support their FRC-R unit at least once per quarter and perform their annual training (AT) requirements in support of the FRC-R or NRP missions.

Mobilization billets are in support of the Combat Aircraft Survivability and Threat Lethality (CASTL) mission, and all FRC-R Sailors need to be mobilization ready to support that mission.  In wartime, CASTL Sailors, along with FRC artisans, will bring depot repair capabilities to deployed U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft.  Prior mobilizations have supported the Marine Air Wing (MAW) during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Additional Notes

Active Duty Personnel:  If transitioning off active duty between MyNavy Assignment, or JO Apply cycles, please reach out to your Reserve Recruiter and local Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC), so you can select an NRP unit as your Training Unit Identification Code (TRUIC) and be listed as In Assignment Processing (IAP) until you can pick up a formal billet.

For Transitioning Aviators: NRP orders are DIFDEN reserve orders.  We are not a hardware program and there are no specific flying missions. Opportunities exist for UAV training within the NRP, but we primarily serve as acquisition professionals and fleet liaisons for NAVAIR. 


  • Within the NRP, you can expect flex drilling units that drill in person every other month or once per quarter.
  • Individuals in NRP billets are expected to execute their Inactive Duty Training (IDTs) and annual AT in support of NRP missions.
  • Inactive Duty Training Travel (IDTT) is available for travel to and from drill weekends.
  • A limited number of Additional Training Periods (ATPs) and Readiness Management Periods (RMPs) are available.
  • Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS) opportunities are always available and Active Duty for Training (ADT) money is frequently used to support high profile missions. 
  • Since 2016, the NRP is not a fenced community or program. There are mobilizations that support the Naval Aviation Enterprise, but no current "NAVAIR Mobilizations (MOBS)". Therefore, NRP members are still available for involuntary mobilization as needed by U.S. Fleet Forces Command. 


Last Updated: 22 Sep 2021