How EA-6B Sailors Can Advance Careers
By Lieutenant Commanders John W. D. Kurtz and Adam Carlstrom, U.S. Navy
A recent change in EA-6B Prowler junior officer detailing has created a unique opportunity for enlisted Sailors. By simply realigning the existing billets within a Navy Prowler squadron, leaders can create a cadre of loyal, empowered Sailors to lead the electronic attack community into the future.
In the past year, the Navy has begun assigning each Prowler squadron a senior JO training officer (TO) to oversee squadron standardization and tactical readiness. Such a billet is not unprecedented; it exists in other naval aviation communities, but is only now becoming standard within the electronic attack squadrons. The structure has advantages up and down the chain of command, as a JO with top-notch qualifications has credibility with the newest aviators while not appearing to be part of the "political" squadron leadership, and commanding officers gain an expert dedicated to enhancing squadron readiness and air crew tactical capabilities.