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Hello everyone, I've recently been looking into Air Assault, I've read a few articles on google but they're pretty brief, was wondering if any vet has personal information, tips, pros & cons, and maybe a walk through of what you went through, struggles you had and what not.
I hit my 1 year mark in December, and I'm in Korea for another 10 months, so I have plenty of time to weigh the options.
I'm 20 years old
A bigger build (73 inches, 185lbs)
Appreciate any feedback.
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CW4 Juan Morales
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Learn rope climbing techniques, right now. I went to Air Assault at 41 years old, and the hardest part was getting ready for the obstacle course. If your unit is at Fort Campbell getting practice time at the obstacle course is essential. Once you're good with the obstacle course, you're pretty much in the course. For your layout inspection, lay it out at home and practice putting everything in place, you'll do that for time. Lay it all out in the poncho like you will at the school, then with everything in place as best you can, fold the poncho in thirds and stick the whole burrito into your ruck. When you pull it out and lay it out, at least everything will be close to where it needs to be. Besides that, just hang in there, don't take the instructors personally, and pay attention. Inspecting sling loads is not that big a deal as long as you take your time and pay attention to detail. For rappels just focus on the things you can control. Your swiss seat, if you're not doing it for time, then tie the best seat you can tie. You'll tie a new one in between rappels anyway. For the 12 mile ruck at the end, find a group of people who will keep you entertained while keeping a good pace.
That's it. Enjoy Air Assault School!
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SGT Bryon Sergent
SGT Bryon Sergent
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CAVEAT to that. Don't bring ANYTHING extra in the ruck. Don't forget anything in the ruck. If it says to bring 3 sets of skives, put the rest in the bag you use in the barracks. If it says lensatic compass, DO NOT bring a map compass. they WILL send you packing. Also practice the ruck march. If it hasn't changed its 12 miles in under 3 hrs with the packing list for the ruck. I think it is 30 lbs. If you have the time I would practice with 60 and try and get it below the 3 hrs. Speed walk up the hills and run down the hills. The course used to be, we started at the old air assault school. down to range road. left on range road then to the air assault track out and around the ASP. then down through the warehouses in dry storage and then up Kansas to return to the Air assault school. Done mine in 2:30. Kicked my ass! Class 15-89!
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CW4 Juan Morales
CW4 Juan Morales
5 y
In addition to what SGT Byron Sergent said, two more things:
1. Go to The Sabalauski Air Assault School on facebook and give it a like. Lots of information there, plus individual videos on the obstacles.
2. go to: http://www.campbell.army.mil/Tenant/Pages/TSAAS.aspx and look up the day zero requirements. It should cover what SGT Sergent said, and more.
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
5 y
CW4 Juan Morales - Did you have SSG Lloyd as an instructor? He's currently there. When we were in Iraq, we had a 7.62 round impact directly between us while in mid sentence. Ever since, I have learned to talk much faster and move out with a quickness.
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CW4 Juan Morales
CW4 Juan Morales
5 y
I may have. I went through with Team-1. There were a couple of instructors who stood out as good people. We supported the school pretty often with aircraft so I'm sure I've run into him at PZ1.
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SFC Mark Merino
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Don't try to overthink this. Everything that you need to learn will be taught there. Old information is a killer. I have some war buddies that are currently instructors at the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. I can try to get you the latest and greatest handbook currently issued if interested. Don't ask crusty old farts like me tips on something I did 16 years ago.....lol. The biggest no go at the time were failing a ruck march time, missing link counts during inspections of various loads, and getting your seat tied in time. Of course you have to pass the obstacle course on Zero day just to be allowed into the course. There are no breaks given for missing ANYTHING on the packing lists prior to a training event. It is all about learning attention to detail. Good Luck.
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1SG William Svoboda
1SG William Svoboda
5 y
Absolutely Bang On! Don't over think or try to plan based on others experiences.
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SSG Brian L.
SSG Brian L.
>1 y
Solid advice... I currently work at the TSAAS and just take it day by day... be reasonably physically fit and listen to the instructors. They are there to enforce standards but also to give you all of the tools that you will need to leave Air Assault qualified. DO WHAT THEY TELL YOU...HOW THEY TELL YOU and its too easy.
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SSG Malcolm "Chris" Canada
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It's not that physically challenging of a school, that is compared to some, but if you're good with running (literally everywhere you go), good on your 12 mile road March, and good with memorizing information you'll be fine. Just stay motivated, drink water, and pay attention. It's fun school in my opinion. Good luck brother!
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