OPNAVINST 3710.7U defines the qualifications required to fill the role of project specialist.

Project Specialist: An individual embarked in a government aircraft not equipped with ejection seats and/or personal oxygen systems (excluding emergency oxygen systems) for the purpose of operating aircraft systems, operating specially designed equipment, or observing aircraft or crew performance when required in connection with assigned duties or contractual responsibilities. Project specialists are not responsible for normal aircrew duties.

To be properly qualified to fly aboard NRL aircraft, you will need two things:

Your branch head should initiate the Project Specialist designation by providing the following information to the Project Swim/Phys Coordinator (202-767-2271) who will make a reservation for you to attend training:

  • Full Name
  • SSN
  • Project Name
  • Office Code
  • Phone
  • NP4 Expiration Date (If available)
  • Flight Physical Expiration Date
  • Nationality