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The Navy specifically tapped warrant officers as the principal operators of the Stingray since they are expected to advance as technical specialists during repetitive assignments.
After OCS, these warrant officers will move to basic flight training for their “wings of gold,” receive the AVO designator, and complete advanced training on the MQ-25 aircraft.
The Navy announced in December 2020 it was creating a new warrant officer specialty for those operating the MQ-25 Stingray and was aiming to recruit approximately 450 warrant officers in grades W-1 through W-5 between the next six to 10 years.
Warrant Officer 1 Josia Pagler graduated OCS to become one of the Navy’s first MQ-25 Stingray tanker drone operators.