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Roles in the Corps: Enlisted Aircrew

[Lance Corporal Thompson]:
I'm a CH-53, Echo Crew Chief. You start out like every other Marine. You go to boot camp, whether it be East Coast or West Coast, Parris Island or San Diego. From there you go to Marine Combat training. And then from there, you break off into your different jobs, different MOSs. So the training for the fleet, was a year and a half. I'm in charge of a multimillion-dollar aircraft.

[Corporal Vines]:
I'm a Crew Chief on the V-22 Ospreys. My normal day-to-day job, I'll go out, talk to my pilots about their aircraft, how it's doing, if there's any issues. During flights we do a lot of different missions transporting Humvees, special operation missions, where we have paratroopers jumping out the back. We have gun mounts on the ramp so that we can hook up the M240's or the 50-cals, machine guns.

[Lance Corporal Thompson]:
If the president needs us to go anywhere, anytime, we can have Marines on the ground. We can take on any mission.

[Corporal Vines]:
We have to know all of the systems of the aircraft, how to fix them if something goes wrong, how to trouble shoot in the air.

[Lance Corporal Thompson]:
The people back home tell me I have the best job in the Marine Corps, the best job that America has to offer.