andok wrote: JLTW!!! wrote:Clearly, you should go to Air Assault (AA, from here out for all you drinkers and smartasses ) since it is the hardest school in the Army!
Just ask RRDTm3 about his experience
In all seriousness stud, take the Airborne slot. AA is basically a waste of time. Having said that, if you choose to take the AA slot, make sure you pay attention to detail. Sling load test is what gets most people.
Thank you Ranger JLTW!!! I know the sling load test is what made the guy in our battalion fail. From what I've heard, AA is more difficult and more of a waste of time, but this leads me to another question. For any Rangers or anybody else, if you were in a unit with a new Lieutenant coming in fresh out of ROTC, would your perception of him be any different if he had both Airborne and Air Assault as opposed to just Airborne? Or would it not really matter? I know respect is earned, but does it help for initial trust and perception?
My opinion of a fresh out of ROTC LT with both Airborne and Air Assault? Most likely it would have been "great, another cherry officer who can't pour pee out his boot with directions on the heel. A tourist who merely visits here for a year, while this is my home."
By the way, units in the Army don't run down the road singing "I want to be an Air Assault soldier". There isn't a lot of Air Assault posers, and if there was, who would care.
As far as I know there is no brotherhood known as "ArmyAirAssault.com".
Telling the average civilian you were Air Assault usually gets you a typical dumb stare. Tell them you are a Ranger and there is instant recognition.
Though every unit in the army and the Marines like to tell you that they are "first in", we all know who was really there first. No brag, just historical fact. I think Air Assault comes arrives on the battlefield sometimes after the Indiana National Guard, and sometime before AAFES.
Finally, the only reason Air Assault school was created was to soothe the shattered egos of 101st soldiers who no longer were the tip of the spear, and who wore a lie above their unit patch.
What's next? Sapper School in lieu of Ranger school?