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Soldier overview

AAC Groundcrew learn how to re-arm and refuel Army helicopters and also take on other responsibilities such as helicopter troop drills, underslung loads, helicopter marshalling and vehicle and equipment maintenance.

The Job

Army Air Corps (AAC) Soldiers play a vital role in ensuring the Army's battlefield helicopters, Lynx and Apache, are prepared and ready to depart on various missions, such as

  • Attacking enemy armour.
  • Liaison.
  • Carrying out surveillance.
  • Identifying enemy targets.

AAC Soldiers are also expected to defend the Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and the Forward Arming and Refuelling Points (FARPs) they use.


The Right Job For Me?

To become an AAC soldier you will need to be physically fit, and have a good standard of education. You will need the ability to work well in a team and also be able to use your initiative as an individual. You must be alert, versatile, self-reliant and ready to accept responsibility from an early stage in your career.


What Skills Will I Learn?

AAC Groundcrew learn how to re-arm and refuel Army helicopters and also take on other responsibilities such as:

  • Helicopter troop drills.
  • Underslung loads.
  • Helicopter marshalling.
  • Vehicle and equipment maintenance.

All AAC Soldiers are trained to drive and service the Land Rovers and large vehicles used by the AAC, including the 15,000 litre Tactical Air Refueller and the Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (DROPS), a 15 tonne flatbed. AAC Communication Specialists learn how to provide essential communications to both aircraft and other Army ground units. There is also the opportunity to train as an Aviation Support Specialist. This involves preparing loads for air delivery, controlling tactical landing sites and the storage and maintenance of supplies and munitions.


Entry Requirements

Minimum Age: 17 Years

Maximum Age: 33 Years

Security Clearance: this is required at Phase 2 Training. Contact your nearest Recruiter for further information.

Minimum Mandatory Service: four years from the date of attestation. For Junior Entry Soldiers the minimum mandatory service is four years from the age of 18.