The unique character of Naval Aviation is evident in the aircraft carrier and low level overwater operations. The Navy's training system embraces this uniqueness as well as the more familiar aspects of flying in preparing both fledgling and experienced pilots to step into the fleet cockpits. The system has evolved over many years from a generalist approach to one of more specialized expertise. The process of primary weapons system design and procurement is now recognizing the necessity for early consideration of training requirements. Recent developments forecast an emerging system designed from the ground up for pilot training.