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    I finally got an Air Assault school slot for July at Ft. Campbell. I opted to go to Ft. Campbell at a later date as opposed to Ft. Benning in early May so I'd have more time to prepare and possibly knock out some summer classes. Any tips or advise on what to do to get ready? A friend told me to do a lot of push-ups, over-head arm claps, side-straddle hops and pull ups as well as to practice climbing a rope and running the obstacle course at nearby Ft. Bliss. The only thing I'm worried about is meeting the obstacle course restrictions and the two ruck marches within the time limit. Thanks for any advise anyone can share
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    Congrats on the slot Lone Star, I'll be hoping to get into one through the Guard next year! I look forward to hearing about your experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStarMedic View Post
    I finally got an Air Assault school slot for July at Ft. Campbell. I opted to go to Ft. Campbell at a later date as opposed to Ft. Benning in early May so I'd have more time to prepare and possibly knock out some summer classes. Any tips or advise on what to do to get ready? A friend told me to do a lot of push-ups, over-head arm claps, side-straddle hops and pull ups as well as to practice climbing a rope and running the obstacle course at nearby Ft. Bliss. The only thing I'm worried about is meeting the obstacle course restrictions and the two ruck marches within the time limit. Thanks for any advise anyone can share
    Fort Bliss actually holds prep course for air assault school. Possibly see if you can go to one, they're a week long usually. It's mostly conditioning for the school.
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    Yeah we have a couple of Cadets who did the prep course and are now into the actual Air Assault school portion at Fort Bliss but in order to do the prep course as well as the school itself, you'd be missing three weeks of school and I didn't want to do that. I plan on grilling the two with questions about the course but any advise overal is appreciated.
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    Myself, Grunt Medic, Armygirl and I think MSG Glenn are all air assault qualified. I graduated in 2005 when I was stationed at Fort Campbell. There, you were forced to do the O-course until you earned your wings and to get on an OML for the school slot.

    My advice is to lock down the obstacles especially the ones you can fail the school if you dont pass on the first try (rope climp, high tower, rope swing) and work on your 2 mile run time after smoking yourself out after a hard PT session.
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    Definitely train for the O course as well as the ruck march. Since you won't be going through the prep course you have a good idea in asking those who have recently gone to AAS. If you can grab one of them to help train you it'll be a plus.
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    I went to Air Assault school 10 years before you Q, lol. I went in '95. My best advice would be to prepare yourself for the ruck march and the obstacle course. The "tough one" is a rope climb that gets a lot of people so I would practice that. Don't assume that because you can climb a rope that it won't get you. You won't know what order you will do the obstacle course in. So if you go to the rope climb first, you could be okay, but if it's your 5th or 6th obstacle, you could be tired. It's been a long time since I went but I don't imagine that aspect has changed too much. We just had a mobile AASLT school come to FLW and from what I saw, not much has changed. Good luck!
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    Well I believe they made the tough one the first obstacle since that one gets most candidates. Also, they have ceased alot of the pre-smokings before each obstacle so you can have some more energy to engage them.

    Anyway, good thing you going to Fort Campbell which is the real air assault school lol

    Search air assault on this forum and you will see some cool videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWO Sharkey View Post
    Well I believe they made the tough one the first obstacle since that one gets most candidates. Also, they have ceased alot of the pre-smokings before each obstacle so you can have some more energy to engage them.

    Anyway, good thing you going to Fort Campbell which is the real air assault school lol

    Search air assault on this forum and you will see some cool videos.

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    That's good, when I went, I remember running out of the tin building we had our first briefing of the morning in and tripping over the door frame (I think 80% of us tripped). I let the "F" word slip out and got smoked for cursing on school grounds. I think I made it about 10 feet before I got smoked again for not sounding off with Air Assault. I was tired before I even got to the obstacle course. I remember the tough one being the 4th obstacle for me and thinking, holy crap. Adrenalin does however push you further than you think! Of course, as I climbed down the cargo net, someone behind me tripped and fell into me and another guy which caused us all to curse and we got smoked before we even got to the next obstacle...oh such great memories!
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    But you had heart, Army Girl. You overcame the extra hardship they dished out & worked through it. That's exactly what any hardcore school is intended to prove to you. I'm sure the smoking depends on how badly they need AA qualified Soldiers but even so, if the Instructor got smoked a lot when he went through AAS chances are his students will also get smoked. That's how traditions are formed.
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