Aerographer’s Mates are the U.S. Navy’s weathermen, and as such they are responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data on water and air temperatures, barometric pressure, wind speeds, humidity, and any other environmental information that can impact naval and aviation units.

After graduation from Class “A” Technical School at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, AGs begin the process of becoming qualified environmental observers by completing Personnel Qualification Standards, as well preparing for advanced training that can lead to careers as an AG Meteorological and Oceanographic Manager or Technician. Other AG jobs include Meteorological Forecaster and Oceanographic Forecaster.

Because weather can be a force multiplier—or a force divisor—the AG’s role is crucial in naval military operations, as even a casual glance at naval history reveals. Consider the fate of Kublai Khan and his attempted invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281. Both times, the Mongolian assaults were thwarted when the decision was made to re-embark invading troops for the supposed safety offered by ships—which were then smashed to bit by furious and unseasonal typhoons. And in the run-up to D-Day, the Allies’ accurate forecast of a small window of favorable weather—combined with the Axis’ confidence in dismal weather that would preclude a successful amphibious invasion—led to the Normandy landings and the beginning of the end of World War II in the European theater.

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