Date: March 25, 2014
SUBJECT: C OF O ARMY ROTC CADET SELECTED TO ATTEND AIR ASSAULT SCHOOL
By: Cadet Mitchel Clark
College of the Ozarks sophomore Cadet Turner Blake was selected to train at the Army’s Air Assault ( AASLT ) School at the Warrior Training Center in Fort Benning, Georgia, later this summer. Air Assault School is the Army’s primary school for teaching air assault operations, basic pathfinder operations, close combat assault, aeromedevac procedures and other basic airborne infantry skills. The two missions of this school are to train infantry soldiers in the effective use of helicopters in combat operations and to train soldiers for service in the 101st Airborne Division.
Slots for this school are very competitive, especially for cadets. Twenty slots were given to the Mid-West 3rd ROTC Brigade and were given to cadets based on their physical fitness scores, GPA scores, and leadership potential. AASLT School is considered to be one of the most physically and mentally demanding courses in the Army with the school itself historically having a 50 percent graduation rate.
This makes two years in a row in which a C of O Army ROTC cadet has been selected for the AASLT School. Last summer Cadet Mitchel Clark graduated AASLT School.
For more information about the College of the Ozarks ROTC program contact the Bobcat Company office at College of the Ozarks at 417-690-2294.