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ARMY AIR ASSAULT TRAINING
Air Assault School trains Soldiers to conduct air mobility and air assault helicopter operations. Aircraft orientation, sling
load operations, rappelling techniques and fast-rope techniques. The school itself is 10 training days and requires a 12-
mile (19 km) march with rucksack in order to graduate.

The Air Assault School is located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There are also schools at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and
Fort Hood Texas. Instructors at the course are referred to as Air Assault Sergeants. It is open to both males and females.
The school is composed of learning helicopter insertion techniques, rigorous training, and tedious packing lists; one
missing item could cause the student to fail the school immediately. See
Air Assault Packing List >

Training
Air Assault School is a 10 ½ day course that teaches air assault techniques and procedures, and qualifies soldiers to
wear the Air Assault Badge.

Zero Day Air Assault Students must successfully complete Zero Day, the first day of the course, which requires students
to complete an obstacle course, two-mile run, and an inspection of equipment prior to continuing training.

Inspection The inspection is done with attention to detail. Inspection is conducted as soon as the soldier enters school
grounds. Soldiers must have all items on the packing list each student is given. All items must be clean and serviceable. If
a soldier is missing any item during the inspection, that soldier will not be allowed to in-process.

Obstacle course and two-mile run
The obstacle course is designed to assess a student’s upper body strength, agility, endurance, confidence, and ability to
perform at heights without displaying fear or distress. This test is critical in determining if a student will be able to
complete Air Assault School without becoming a safety risk to themselves, instructors, or other students during the tough
and demanding training events conducted throughout the course.

After successful completion of the obstacle course, students will conduct a two-mile run. Students must complete the run
in under 18:00 to receive a "GO" in the event. The uniform for the run is Army Combat Uniform (ACU) with running shoes.

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Air Assault School Home Page for more info >                See also Airborne School >
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