I remember 1st Cavalry putting on an AAS school back in 85. I attended an AAS course in Ft Richardson in 87. Obviously there's one in Cambell; where else could one has anyone earned AAS wings?
They can pretty much run that course anywhere there's is a rappel tower and 2 helicopters available.
Anyone here have rappel experience before going in?
I’ve been with some great friends a few years ago, here in CO doing some great cave plunking.
You can get into all kinds of conditions and even some underwater stuff at times.
I’ve been walking in caves with bats hanging with in a ft’s reach from me.
I was wondering if those with pre-experience helped the ones that knew how to rappel and climbing and found the class interesting?
With exception of the choppers of course, but then some have even gone into extreme cave exploration using helicopters.
Are they still calling AAS the "Ten Toughest Days In The Army"?
I always snicker whenever I hear that BS line.
I'll always have fond memories of kneeling on rocks
And the AA instructors waiting outside on Zero Day to drop you when you exited the inproccessing building because you didn't sound off with "Air Assault!" every time your left foot hit the ground.
Or watching Joes get gigged out for having over spray on their brain buckets.
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Well I know this sounds unprofessional but my favorite memories will be sitting / standing on the steps to my barracks after company PT, dogging the AAS students as they fell out of the morning AAS runs as they went past our barracks.
It was hilarous some of the reactions we got. I saw the finger more than once, couple of NCO's / Officers pointing to the rank on their collar (he-he-he). Had a couple get chewed out by the AAS instructors for mouthing off back. Any reaction and the insults would get worse. Our PSG even got in on the fun one morning.
I'm surprised the Chain of Command let us get away with that but they did. They probably don't allow that anymore with the seven Army values and such.
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That was me. I was a little late so I missed their little briefing. They called us unit by unit to go through the archway and smoked people who didn't sound off. I was like "what the fug am I doing wrong?" because I didn't hear them saying anything about sounding off with "Air Assault" (which sounds like "parasol" after a while). I got dropped over and over before my dumb azz caught on.
Zero day was hard. I have to admit that, especially because it poured all day. But the rest was cake, not like jump school.
AA school is not hard. If you pay attention to detail its pretty easy, unless you do it in July like I did. And do PT in boots, not tennis shoes and PT gear. The school has changed alot over the past 20 years. My point is you new guys do have it easy compared to us older guys who went thru this many, many years before you. And I'm pretty sure if we would go thru the basic trainning you guys went thru we would laugh! Remember we came from the : Be All You Can Be, Army, where you guys come from the Army of One and Army Strong, Army! And Airdiablo was right those dam rocks do SUCK!
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Yeah I don't remember any indoor classrooms either....saw those on the video. Everything was outdoors in the sun, wind and rain.
It was Feb-March when I went through AAS and I froze. I remember the rotorwash of the Blackhawks. They would not let us wear field jackets for sling load operations, I remember that part and trying to learn from a tiny hand book with small print in a steady but very cold wind.
They had these huge jet type kerosene heaters inside warm-up tents on the school grounds but they would not let people stay in there for more then 10 min.
I was lucky because my barracks was right next to school grounds and in 5-10 min I could be back sitting on my bunk watching MTV in a warm room.
"hey there air assault... you tired of walking?" says the sergeant to the run fall out
"yes sergeant" he replies between huffs & puffs
"then run a little... move it, move it, move it!" yells the sergeant as the trooper starts running and cursing
ahhh...l the memories... i LOVED teaching at the Air assault school...
i already had bad habits when i went to AASLT school. since i was 10 i belonged to an explorer's club. and inthis club we did mountain climbing as well as spelunking. i had been rapelling since i was 10. tought one of my instructors how to make a Difrent rope harness... then he made me try it off the tower... it worked just fine, but he made me beat my faxce for mot breaking 3 times on the way down
ahhhhhhhhh the fond memorys of running in new combat boots ..and fatuqes with the chain that holds your dog tags turning a drak shade of green on your neck ..while some airborne ranger type screeming bloody murder in your bad ear ...haaaaaaaa
What are the requirements to get into the school?
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Requirements document and course outline posted in this thread:
Im going to AAS at Fort Campbell on 30 JUL, and I was just wondering if anyone had any advice/tips/info about the school. Ive done my homework but I was just interested in personal experience. Also, I am really short (5'3") and was wondering if that would be a distinct disadvantage because thats what ive been told.
Thanks in advance.
Well lets see, I didnt not see the new obstacle course the other day while I was on post, so I can not comment on your height. Pay attention to detail, In phase 2 is when most are droped. Its not tuff to get thru as long as your in shape and can hump a ruck. Good luck on earning your wings!
Class number 45-87
graduated Air Assault school on 03 MAY 89.
if anyone from our squad went through the school, the whole squad ran with them during the 12 mile road.
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Yeah, don't go as a Captain
Every time one of my people messed up, I got down there with them.
Very polite people - "Sir, get on down there too".
Regarding a previous post about harassing students on the run, we had an O5 in our class catch from crap from some "observers" and the AAS instructor locked their asses up immediately.
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