Posted on Jul 16, 2021
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Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Ranger, etc
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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"Special Schools" isn't a category other than one you've made up.
Airborne is a school tied to a unit status, an SQI.
Air Assault is a. ASI available to anyone
Pathfinder is a highly technical ASI; if you aren't familiar with the formulae of DZs and LZs, it's not for you.
Ranger School is just a leadership school. Try if you dare, not for the weak or faint of heart.
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Thank you SFC. So how hard is it to go to Air Assault School as a walk-on?
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PFC (Join to see) - there is no such thing as "walk-on".
If you don't have a reservation in ATRRS, you don't get orders published and you don't get travel approved.
And if you show up at a school without those orders and travel authorization, they turn you away.
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SGT Dan Gray
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Exactly SFC and SGM. You have to have ORDERS telling you to report for the school, you just cant walk in and be accepted, this is not the NFL. Thats why I find it offensive when I see women going through the course and failing halfway through, and instead of being sent back and having to wait for their turn to come back and try again, they just get booted back to the next unit coming up. Thats what happened with the first females who took the Ranger training. Its no shame if you cant hack it as this course is tough and well over 2/3rds of the ones who start do not make it to the end. Heck I will freely admit I only made it by the skin of my teeth. So if you want to go to these schools, you damn well had better be in the right physical and mental state or you have failed before you even step across the entrance line, and that goes for both sexes.
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LCpl Benji Smith
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Sense your unit has to pay for all school's it is very unlikely they will send you to one that isn't required for your MOS. Now what you can do is go AD, Get your schools when you can. Then when you ETS go back to the reserves.
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Schools and qualifications are sometimes given as an incentive. That is not always the case. Some schools are required. For the regular Army it is not that difficult to send someone to a school. I was in the National Guard and there isn't a set amount of funds for schools. In the Regular Army the Soldier is already getting paid and there is little to no expense for someone to go to a school. In the reserve components you have to bring them on orders. Just to send a Soldiers to a school for a month can cost enough to prevent that Soldier from attending AT and all of the drills that year. Unless the unit has planned for their Soldiers to go to schools then there isn't any funding to send them.
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