In the mid-80’s, the VAW community in an attempt to address soaring OPTEMPO and a shortage of pilots tried the NFO Copilot program, wherein 2nd tour LTs and LCDRs were taken through a FRS NATOPS syllabus and qualified to fly right seat for day/VMC ops off the boat…

“So Scribe, what was it like as a mole copilot?”

By the way, I had 5 night traps before I saw my first “day” VMC trap from the right seat…
-SJS