Amphibian Crewmember Course
Assault Amphibian School
Camp Pendleton, California

Assault Amphibian Crewmember (AAC) Course provides students the foundational skills and safety precautions necessary to operate the AAV on land and water, and to serve as a member of an AAV crew. Students learn how to maintain an AAV and associated equipment (weapons, communications suite, SL-3, and logbook) and how to operate an AAV on land, to include introductory troubleshooting and self-recovery. Students will also be able to operate an AAV in the water and know how to execute emergency procedures afloat. Additionally, students learn how to operate and employ the M2 Caliber .50 and MK-19, 40mm machine guns from the AAV Upgunned Weapons Station (UGWS). Graduates of this course will be able to perform duties within an AAV crew in both garrison and expeditionary environments. Students must have a swim qualification of Water Survival Intermediate (WSI), and successfully pass the MOS specific physical standards (MSPS) test to graduate. 

Commanding Officer
Assault Amphibian School
Building 210568
Box 555041
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5041

DNCO Phone: 760-763-6082

Assault Amphibian Crewmember (AAC) Course is designed to provide foundational skills to the AAV crewmember that enable them to operate an AAV on land and water, and to function as a member of an AAV crew. Areas of instruction will focus on: AAV fundamentals and safety, preventive maintenance, land operations, water operations, AAV gunnery, communications, and mechanized tactics. Students must be qualified Water Survival Intermediate (WSI), Submerged Vehicle Egress Trainer (SVET), meet prescribed MOS specific performance standards (MSPS), and demonstrate mastery of all instructional areas via written and performance examinations to meet license and graduation criteria.

55 Training Day Course Includes
  • Lecture/Demonstration = 93.5 Hrs

  • Practical Application = 198.5 Hrs

  • Performance Evaluations= 134 Hrs

  • Written Exams = 8.5 Hrs

  • Field Exercise = 3 Field Exercises (4-5 days each)

Course Details
  • Frequency = 10-12 classes per year

  • Max Capacity = 45 Marines per class

Basic Schedule
  • T-Day 1-5 Intermediate Water Survival, AAV Egress, Submerged Vehicle Egress Trainer (SVET)

  • T-Day 6 Welcome Aboard Briefs, AAV History and Organization, Marine Corps Physical Fitness (PT)

  • T-Day 7-19 AAV Safety, Data & Description, Preventative Maintenance and services (PMCS), MOS Specific Physical Standards (MSPS), AAV Communications suite, Ground guiding, AAV Operator Fundamentals, Land Driving the AAV, Troubleshooting the AAV, Land Towing Procedures, PT

  • T-Day 20-24 Land Driving the AAV and Tactics (Field)

  • T-Day 25-34 Armored Forces Vehicle Identification (AFVID), M240 Machine Gun, MK 19 40mm Machine Gun, Browning M2 Caliber .50 Machine Gun, Upgunned Weapons Station (UGWS) Data & Description, Gunnery Skills, UGWS Operation, Bore sighting, Ammo Identification, PT

  • T-Day 35-38 AAV Gunnery (Field)

  • T-Day 39-44 Waterborne Preparation for the AAV, Water Driving the AAV, Data & Description, PMCS, Amphibious Operations, PT

  • T-Day 45-49 Amphibious Operations of the AAV (Field)

  • T-Day 50-55 AAV PMCS, End of Course administration, Final inspection, Graduation

  • Testing will be both Written and Practical Application in the field and in the classroom

  • PT will be done throughout the training

  • Students must pass the Intermediate Water Survival Qualification, the AAV Egress, and SVET in order to continue in the class


Commanding Officer
Assault Amphibian School
Building 210568
Box 555041
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5041

DNCO Phone: 760-763-6082


1. Government messing and billeting is available for all students.

2. No dependents or privately owned vehicles (POV) are authorized while in student status unless in a Lateral Move was approved in a re-enlistment.

3. Students will report into this command wearing the Service Alpha Uniform.

4. DNCO Phone number is (760) 763-6082


(1) Must possess a GT score of 90 or higher.

(2) Must have vision correctable to 20/20.

(3) Must have normal color vision.