The Aviation section of the United States Army is a rewarding and adventure filled area to join. When you serve in the Army in its Aviation Corps, you will have a lot of different responsibilities as an enlisted Army support person to help keep its aviation assets, rotary wing aircraft and helicopters, as well as its few fixed wing aircraft in good condition and ready for service. The Army Air Corps Soldier is responsible for keeping the helicopters are battle ready and able to fly at a moments notice. The US Army uses its helicopters and aviation assets for attacking the enemy when needed, surveillance, liaison with foreign nationals and allied forces, and identification of the enemy and reconnaissance work.
You have to be between 17 and 32 years of age to qualify for the Enlisted Army Air Corps. There are no pre requisites if you are a person that has achieved at least average grades and you have a desire to work hard. You must be a high school graduate, or have a GED before applying for enlistment, and should be willing to sign up for at least a 4 year active duty enlistment. Being part of the Army Air Corps means you will work on helicopters like the Apache, which are often used to defend and support the overall mission effort. You will likely serve as part of a Forward Arming Station or Operating base, or a Forward Refueling point as an US Army support aviation specialist. A basic level of physical fitness is desired. Some of the sub specialties that are available are: Groundcrew- All soldiers that serve in the Army Aviation Support specialty receive basic Ground Crew training, in areas such as arming and refueling Army helicopters, training on how to load and unload Army Aviation aircraft, how to deal with slung loads, and other ground crew Army Aviation training. You will be trained for replenishment duties and serving the Large Goods Vehicles, how to drive the Land Rovers, and other refueling and supply vehicles. Aviation Support ? You will also prepare various loads of different kinds for air delivery, and have a chance to receive specific training for missions involving Tactical Landing sites, maintaining and storing a number of different types of munitions and supplies.
Communications- Your job will be one of high importance as you will be an important link in the communications chain. You will work to service and maintain the various electronic gear on US Army helicopters and work to provide and service electronics and communications gear.