NOAA Corps Interservice Transfer Announcement

NOAA Corps Interservice Transfer Announcement

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps is conducting an Interservice Transfer Board for pilots currently serving on active duty in a United States uniformed service.  The missions include Hurricane Reconnaissance, Snow survey, marine mammal population surveys, coastal mapping and many other jobs in support of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Flight test experience in manned and unmanned systems is not required but highly desired.  Placement in a particular aircraft T/M/S will not be determined until the applicant has been selected and assigned to NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center.

Procedures for performing an inter-service transfer (IST) to or from the NOAA Corps are prescribed by Title 10, Section 716 of U.S. Code, and Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 1300.4.

In addition to the basic eligibility requirements for appointment in the NOAA Corps, inter-service transfer applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The losing service must approve the transfer
  • Rank within the losing service must be no higher than O-4 at the time of transfer
  • Total creditable service time must be less than 12 years at the time of transfer

Requests for inter-service transfer to the NOAA Corps are evaluated individually. The decision to accept or deny an IST request is based on the immediate needs of the NOAA Corps and the rank, skills, and experience of the applicant. IST applicants may be considered for direct placement in the NOAA Corps if their area of expertise would meet an urgent operational need for one of  NOAA's aircraft platforms. The board is expected to meet around March/ April 2021. 

For more information, please refer to or contact NOAA Chief Test Pilot, CDR (s). Adam Abitbol, NOAA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.