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Advanced Individual Training

The 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment manages new recruits that have come to Fort Rucker to receive their military occupational specialty identifier before reporting to their first duty station. The battalion orchestrates and implements the majority of enlisted training at Fort Rucker.

Courses of instruction include:

  • Air Traffic Control Specialist 15Q
  • Aircraft Pneudraulics Systems Repairer 15H
  • Aviation Observation Helicopter Repairer 15V
  • Operations Specialist 15P
  • Utility Helicopter Repairer 15M

Additionally, the battalion teaches and certifies Aviation life support equipment technicians.

The curriculum encompasses job skills training, physical training, common task training and military customs and courtesies. Training for the Air Traffic Control students is further enhanced through virtual simulation. The battalion also provides operational and administrative support for graduate level aviation students returning for advanced aircraft transitions and all international students here for flight training.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company manages the Enhanced Tower Simulator, the newest and most advanced air traffic control simulator in the U.S. Army.

The ETOS gives ATC students a realistic experience of what it is like inside at ATC tower. As the primary trainer for the tower, 1-13th AR trains the Army's ATC personnel. ETOS is used to train Soldiers in initial entry training on how to safely and expeditiously move aircraft to, from and through designated airspace in a simulated, virtual environment.

Most of the training uses virtual landscape with high fidelity images of aircraft and the airfield, including the runway, hangars, nearby trees and ground vehicles. The weather system, vehicles, stars, lights, sun and rain are just like the real thing and voice recognition software helps students to learn.

ETOS can simulate almost every aircraft in the U.S. military inventory and civilian commercial aircraft. The ETOS training at Fort Rucker can apply to ATC operations at military airfields or civilian airports worldwide.

Advanced Graduate Flight Training

Advanced graduate flight training is specialized training where students become qualified in the AH-64A, AH-64D, CH-47D, OH-58D, UH-60A, or learn to become a fixed-wing pilot.

Courses for the UH-60A, AH-64D, OH-58D and CH-47D range from about 14 to 23 weeks in training. National Guard student pilots may also attend the AH-64A Aircraft Qualification Course. State-of-the-art simulators are available for all of the aircraft.

The balance of the training will be conducted in the student pilot's "Go to War" aircraft, better preparing them for the field and giving commanders in the field aviators who are better trained after arriving from flight school.

The Aviation Training Brigade trains nearly 4,000 Aviators annually. Graduate training ensures Aviation warfighters are tactically and technically proficient, including nearly 400 from foreign countries.

They also conduct courses in support of EURO-NATO and Foreign Military Training.

Additionally, the battalion serves as the contractor evaluator and monitors student training for courses taught by civilian contractor personnel. This includes helicopters and all fixed-wing training.


B Company, 1-212th Aviation Regiment provides helicopter flight and maintenance training in the Spanish language to students from Latin America and Caribbean countries. B Co., 1-212 AR assists the Aviation forces of Latin American nations to develop Aviation employment doctrine, aircrew training and maintenance management programs.

B Co., 1-212th AR also provides subject matter experts and mobile training teams to Latin American countries to support USSOUTHCOM initiatives.

Helicopter Overwater Survival Training

Helicopter Overwater Survival Training prepares aircrew member and their passengers to successfully exit an aircraft in an overwater ditching emergency in both day and night conditions. Instructors are experienced, skilled and dedicated to ensuring students receive the finest in water survival instruction. Upon completion of this phase of Flight School XXI training students will be much better prepared for an aircraft ditching.

Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training

The traditional initial entry rotary-wing flight training model is 32 weeks and consists of four phases:

  • First phase consists of two weeks of preflight instruction, providing students with knowledge of basic flight control relationships, aerodynamics, weather and start-up procedures.
  • Second phase, consisting of ten weeks and 60 flight hours in the TH-67 Creek training helicopter, is the primary phase. In this phase, students learn the basic fundamentals of flight, make their first solo flights, and learn to perform approaches and basic stagefield maneuvers. Students then progress to more complex emergency procedure training, slopes and confined area operations.
  • Third phase is eight weeks of instrument training, including 30 hours in the flight simulator on the main post and 20 hours in the TH-67. The student progresses from basic instrument procedures to navigation on federal airways using FAA en route controlling agencies. Upon successful completion of this phase, the students are instrument qualified and receive a helicopter instrument rating upon graduation.
  • Fourth phase of training is the combat skills and dual track phase. It is combat-mission oriented and trains the student pilot in the OH-58 A/C as an aeroscout helicopter pilot. The 1-212th Aviation Battalion teaches both tracks that include extensive night vision goggles training and tactical night operations.

Upon graduation the students will have accumulated 179 hours of flight instruction totaling 149 in an aircraft and 30 in a simulator.

Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape

For information about Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, to include course information, the SERE Survival Booklet, the SERE Captivity Book List, and the SERE Cultural Book List, visit the SERE Division's website on Army Knowledge Online.

Warrant Officer Career College

The mission of the Warrant Officer Career College is to educate and train warrant officer candidates and selected senior warrant officers at key points in their career. It serves as the TRADOC Center of Excellence for U.S. Army warrant officer professional and leadership development.

Functionally, WOCC:

  • Serves as TRADOC's executive agent for all common-core warrant officer training issues;
  • Oversees the Warrant Officer Education System;
  • Develops and administers the Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Staff, and Warrant Officer Senior Staff courses;
  • Coordinates the common-core elements of the Warrant Officer Basic and Advanced Courses with HQDA agencies, TRADOC, and branch proponent offices; and
  • Is a vital participant in the accreditation process for warrant officer training.

The Warrant Officer Candidate School is the sole source of appointment for all U.S. Army Warrant Officers. Training, Advising and Counseling officers, along with academic instructors, evaluate each candidate's potential to become an Army Warrant Officer while simultaneously training and mentoring each Warrant Officer Candidate with the needed tools for a successful career as an officer.

The Warrant Officer Staff Course is a four-week course attended by senior CW3s and newly promoted CW4s selected for attendance. The course is designed to enhance leadership development by using communication, decision making and analytical problem solving skills.

The Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course is a two-week course attended by senior warrant officers selected for promotion to CW5. The capstone course in the Warrant Officer Education System, this course emphasizes contemporary and Future Force issues by focusing on developments in threat, doctrine, force structure, base structure, equipment and policy updates.

For more information, visit the USAWOCC website or call (334) 255-3869.

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