The wings suggest flight and reflect the skills associated with aerial flight. The shield
of the coat of arms of the United States signifies loyalty and devotion to duty.
An individual must have satisfactorily completed the prescribed training and proficiency
tests, and must have been designated as an aviator in orders issued by the appropriate
headquarters as outlined in AR 600-105.
Senior Aviator: An aviator, who is medically qualified and instrument qualified may apply
for the Senior Aviator Badge as long as the aviator has served seven years of rated
aviation service, served 84 months in operational flying duty assignments and
accumulated 1,000 hours of flight time.
Master Aviator: A Senior Aviator, who is medically qualified and instrument qualified may
apply for the Master Aviator Badge as long as the aviator has served fifteen years of rated
and aviation service, served 120 months in operational flying duty assignments
accumulated 2,000 hours of flight time.
The Aviator and Senior Aviator Badges were approved on 27 July 1950 and the Master Aviator
Badge was approved on 12 February 1957.
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