Initial Training Overview:
Job training consists of nine weeks of Basic Training and 14 to 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Eustis, Virginia, including inspection and repair of aircraft engines and equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
During Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), the Army limits a soldier's personal freedom, using a "Phase System," which grants increased freedom, based upon phase of training. For details, see Army Training Phase Restrictions.
Individuals who receive first-duty station assignments to locations with AH-64D helicopters assigned undergo 16 weeks of AIT. Those with assignments to locations with the AH-64A helicopters assigned undergo 14 weeks of training. Provides instruction to learn the following skills: Use and preparation of selected forms and records applicable to Army Aviation Maintenance using the Unit Level Logistics System - (ULLS-A); to perform AVUM and AVIM tasks, to include component removal, inspection, and requisitioning of repair parts; To perform visual inspections to identify common, precision and special tools; To identify on the AH-64A (or D) Attack Helicopter; and to train the student in the facets of shop and flight line safety procedures. Other areas of instruction include: Removing and installing aircraft subsystem assemblies such as engines, rotors, gearboxes, transmissions, mechanical flight controls and their components, servicing and lubricating aircraft and subsystems, preparing aircraft for inspections and maintenance checks, performing scheduled inspections and assisting in performing special inspections, inspecting and repairing aircraft wings, fuselages and tail assemblies, servicing and repairing aircraft landing gear, and repairing or replacing starters, lights, batteries, wiring and other electrical parts.