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Special-to-Arm training

 Once you have completed your initial training you can look forward to your special-to-arm (Phase 2) aviation training for a further 13-14 weeks. This will be conducted within the heart of the Army Air Corps at the Army Aviation Centre, Middle Wallop, in Hampshire.

Middle Wallop conducts not only special-to-arm but also trained soldier training (Phase 3) and flying training.

On arrival at Middle Wallop you will begin an eight day induction course that will give you a chance to settle in. It consists of a number of welfare, discipline and health and safety briefs, as well as the following:

  • Middle Wallop Station orientation.
  • AAC organisation, history, role and ethos.
  • Information Technology training.
  • Guard Duty.
  • Crew resource management.
  • A fitness assessment.

Once you have completed your induction you will commence training at 668 (Training) Squadron and complete an AAC Common Syllabus for six weeks. This covers the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), map reading and communications as well as a Groundcrew module and a Basic Radio User (BRU) module.

On completion of the AAC Common Syllabus your performance will be evaluated and a Trade Streaming Board will determine whether you are best suited to follow the Groundcrew or Signals stream for your special-to-arm training. The Groundcrew course last five weeks and contains Refuel and Attack Helicopter Basic modules. The Basic Signals module is a four week course.

A two week Basic Combat Skills refresher course follows on from your Groundcrew or Signals module. This is designed to remind you of the basics and also provide an update on any changes that may have occurred since your initial training.

The final part of your training is carried out at the Defence School of Transport, Leaconfield, Yorkshire. Here you will obtain a car driving licence, if you do not already hold one, and a C + E licence which will enable you to drive large vehicles such as the Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (DROPS).