Our CCWO who is 52 years old just recently graduated. Our BDE SIP CW4 older than anyone in his class was a Honor Graduate out of 200 who started. Three CSM took and passed the course. Age is not always a factor. All Soldiers will be leaders to include Warrant Officers and should lead by example.
However, to relate to some of the remarks in terms of no value if you been to combat in a Aviation Task Force you realize many things that AASLT teaches you are utilized in the field. We had numerous frustrated loads down range due to lack of Sling rigging & training. We sat on the gournd waiting for Soldiers to figure out their seatbelts. ** Most importantly we had Soldier unfamiliar with being around aircraft walk up under the wrong part of the aircraft risking harm to themselves and the Air Crew. If nothing else it teaches you how to behave and have a respect for being around the aircraft and aviation operations. If you ever been under a CH-47 it can be an experience.
Everything in air assault school is already either required by AR 350-1, Post policy or in the PT Manual. So it should not be an issue dong it and we should be training the same tasks regardless. The O Curse is routinely on training schedules for PT and we will do our required 12 mile road marches.
I will leave the whole profession development aspect out but when the Army needs to cut Soldiers the ones that separate themselves from their peers rise to the top. Oh and it worth promotion points as well. I don't know why anyone would not want a chance to take two weeks off to rappel out or an Aircraft and become a more knowledgeable Soldier.
It is really about the whole physical thing that freaks Soldiers out - which means they are not in the shape they should be and our PT programs need work - how many fail after day 1 or before the road march? VERY FEW.
Finally as said we are the 101st Air Assault division be proud of your heritage.