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Air Assault School

Air Assault School

U.S Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course designed to prepare Soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and Pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation.

Contracted freshmen and sophomores have priority to attend Air Assault School, followed by juniors who have attended Advanced Camp. Cadets selected to attend AAS are chosen through an order of merit list. The OML assesses GPA, APFT score, volunteer hours, and other performance measures.


Day Zero

Candidates must successfully complete an obstacle course and a two-mile run before they are officially considered "Air Assault Students".

Day One

Candidates will undergo a six-mile march, followed by a strict inspection

Combat Assault Phase

During this three-day phase, candidates will learn aircraft safety and orientation, along with the principles of aero-medical evacuation, pathfinder operations, and combat assault operations among several other topics. Soldiers will be given a written and hands-on test following this phase.

Slingload Operations

During the second three-day phase of Air Assault, candidates will learn how to rig equipment onto rotary aircraft with a sling, an operation that generally requires the loading soldiers to hook a tether to the underbelly of a helicopter hovering just a few feet above the ground. Typical loads can range anywhere from 1,00 to 8,000 pounds.

This operation is extremely precise and requires intense preparation and concentration from all Air Assault team members. Trainees must pass a written and hands-on test before moving to the next phase.

Rappelling Phase

In the third and final three-day phase of Air Assault training, Soldiers receive basic instruction on ground and aircraft rappelling procedures. By the end of the phase, trainees must complete two rappels from a 34-foot tower and two rappels from a UH-60 Blackhawk, hovering at 70-90 feet.

Graduation Day

Soldiers must complete a 12-mile foot march in full gear plus a rucksack in less than three hours.
Graduates are awarded the Air Assault Badge and the 2B ASI