A basic tenet of all Marine aircraft is the requirement for usability in multiple missions, and the Marine F/A-18 upholds this doctrine. Able to be quickly configured for fighter or attack missions, or a combination of both, the twin-engine, all-weather, day or night Marine jet can be used for fighter escort, enemy air defense suppression, reconnaissance, air control and the calling card of Marine Aviation: close air support.
With external and internal weapon stations able to deliver Sparrow, AMRAAM and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground munitions in the form of Harpoon and Maverick missiles, general purpose, cluster and laser-guided bombs, and a 6-barrel 20mm gun in the nose section for extremely close encounters, few aircraft in the world are counted on as heavily as the F/A-18 Hornet.
Just a few of the enlisted roles include:
- Fixed-wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic, F/A-18
- Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, F/A-18
- Fixed-wing Aircraft Mechanic, F/A-18
- Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Radar Systems Technician F/A-18
- Fixed-wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, F/A-18
View a list of roles in the Marine Corps.