Posted on Mar 10, 2019
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I just got here to ft lee as an 92y 4 weeks ago and my drills seargent Just told me my orders are to ft Campbell ky I’m from Louisville so that’s a big ups on me but he told me that they Will FORCE me to attend Air Assault School even if I deny . I really have no problem with going to Air assault but I’ve been through basic (19 weeks) I got recycled because of a dislocated shoulder and AIT (8 weeks) I just want some time to myself a little and get started on my online classes I understand it’s only 10 days but I want to go in the best shape mentally and physically so can someone let me know will I be forced against my will to do something I’m not comfortable with doing now?
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You will go. You won't go immediately. You will go the next time your BN hits white cycle after you get there. Or the next white cycle after that.
The school is a 0600 to about 1530 day, then you go home to your own barracks or house every day, because it is right down the street from whatever unit you get.
You will have the same amount of time to get to online classes during AASLT as you would on a normal day at your unit, possibly more time.
However, this is a good object lesson for you in how Army works.
You will have to do things in the Army when you feel like it is not the best possible time for you to do so.
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SPC Todd Everetts
SPC Todd Everetts
12 mo
I cannot begin to fathom having this attitude when I was in. "yeah, this isn't convenient for me". A guy like that wouldn't get assigned to air assault or any other high speed orders. I get having a preference, but you kept quiet and embraced the suck.
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SPC Matthew Veil
SPC Matthew Veil
12 mo
CPL Cord Nipper - wait they paid you guys.....
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1LT William Clardy
1LT William Clardy
11 mo
In cash even, SPC Matthew Veil.
And if you had enough rank and stayed out of trouble, you even got the folding variety.
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CPT Paul Whitmer
CPT Paul Whitmer
11 mo
When I attended in 1982 (man, has it been that long?) - If you were Infantry - assigned to the 101st - you went. I think the course dropped a few days to what it is now - it was more than 10 days back then.
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Forced is such a negative word. Highly "encouraged", but not forced.
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SFC Paul Veillon
SFC Paul Veillon
12 mo
Only the best soldiers get promoted and all of the best soldiers are AIR ASSAULT! That is what my Section Chief told me in 2/320th Balls of the Eagle BN
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CSM Wade Carroll
CSM Wade Carroll
10 mo
I was with special forces back in the 80's and they said Air Assault was harder than Airborne School. That was false
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CPT Paul Whitmer
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LTC Jason Mackay
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PVT (Join to see) your unit will not send you unless you can do the obstacle course, particularly the 30' rope climb on the tough one and the weaver and the 12 mile ruck March. They just won't. You may get 'encouraged', but there it is.

I would have given anything to have done AASLT and Pathfinder while at Campbell, but was injured training for said obstacle course, then deployed, then PCSed immediately.
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SPC Joshua Bender
SPC Joshua Bender
1 y
Yep, I missed out on it to, and like you I really regretted no going. It's a unique opportunity.
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MSG Tony Paniagua
MSG Tony Paniagua
11 mo
why waste time explaining to this pos about service requirements
you want time for your personal needs ?
request a hardship discharge asshole
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SPC Leonard Burton
SPC Leonard Burton
9 mo
Thanks for your candid response to this young soldier. I was at Ft. Campbell from 1986 to 1991 and deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Storm. Twenty-nine years after leaving the military, I now regret that I didn't take the opportunity to attend air assault school. Several of the commenters are right, attending will make you better. However, the "highly encouraged" tactics are neither impressive nor motivating for a critical thinker. The army dies need and require disciplined soldiers, not sheep. GO ARMY!
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LTC Jason Mackay
LTC Jason Mackay
9 mo
SPC Leonard Burton - so only lemmings go to Air Assault School? You can't be a critical thinker and air assault qualified? It is highly encouraged because on the other end of that Commanders are required to have a certain percentage of people path finder and air assault qualified to sustain mission capabilities such as running a heavy PZ, basic mobility requirements, and Sustainment operations.

Air Assault is probably the most useful school and an economy operation at 13 training days. The so what of this school is sling loading which is essential, especially for all those years we had soldiers in remote fire bases and FOBs. I supported 50 FOBs and COPs spread over 28,000 square miles. 17 of those had no ground lines of communication (meaning they were not sustainable by ground). Sling load, LCLA, and internal loads were the only way to keep them going. They even tried resupplying them by donkey (did not work).

My only druthers n this is that the Slingload cert course at Ft Lee teaches you how to rig everything and includes LCLA and The Division the tends to shun it. No badge. But on the balance sheet, air assault is highly useful and sets you up for Pathfinder, which lets you declare DZs and PZs and expanded rigging capabilities.
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