Air Assault School

The Air Assault School is 10 days of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit, and award the Air Assault Badge.

During the course you will face such challenges as:

  • Obstacle Course – You will be required to negotiate a demanding obstacle course.
  • Physical Training – PT is conducted daily. Distance runs of three miles are standard.
  • Rappelling – You are required to tie a series of knots and conduct graded rappels from walls and helicopters. You must successfully complete three day and two night helicopter rappels.
  • Rigging and Sling Loading – You will be taught and tested on how to prepare, rig, and inspect numerous pieces of Army equipment for helicopter transport
  • Road Marches – You must complete a six-mile road march in 1 hour and 30 minutes or less; you must also complete a 12-mile road march in 3 hours or less at the end of the course
  • Evaluations – After each phase of training, all students are given a written and practical examination based on a PASS/FAIL system. To graduate, the student must receive a PASS at the end of each phase


MSIII Cadet Molly Serrato rappelling from  a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter.

This course is a fast-paced exercise in mental alertness and physical endurance.

Cadet application requirements include the following:

  • Successful completion of the Army Physical Fitness test with a score of 270 and above
  • Valid medical exam stating “Qualified for Air Assault”
  • Complete a 12 mile ruck march under 3 hours

MSIV Cadet Branson Monico and fellow Cadets at Air Assault Graduation Day.