I was recently able to attend Air Assault School at Fort Benning, GA. I had the unique opportunity to attend this prestigious school at the beginning of this year. The weather was cold and rainy and added an extra challenge to the school.
The Air Assault School was broken down into three phases. The first phase was the Combat Assault phase; focused on aero-medical, pathfinder, and combat assault operations using helicopters. The second phase was Sling Load Operations. This phase taught me to prepare and safely rig a variety of cargo and equipment to be slung from a helicopter. The third and most fun phase was the Rappelling phase. This phase involved detailed training and rappelling. We practiced rappelling from a tower measuring 75 feet above ground. A couple of these were supported with a wall and others were without. We finished this exciting phase rappelling from UH-60 at around 90 feet above ground.
Some of the more challenging events during this school would be the 6 and 12 mile ruck march which you have to complete within 1.5 and 3 hours respectively. Overall, Air Assault School was quite challenging, however the knowledge and abilities I learned and developed will prove very helpful on the future battlefield.