Assault Amphibian Unit Leaders Course
Assault Amphibian School
Camp Pendleton, California

 Assault Amphibian Unit Leader (AAUL) provides the student the necessary skills to capably manage an AAV Section tactically and administratively. Building upon skills introduced during Assault Amphibian Crewmember and Assault Amphibian Vehicle Commander Courses, students will gain a firm understanding of how to design and incorporate a unit training program, and how to conduct and inspect preventive maintenance programs. Students will be able to independently employ an AAV Section both offensively and defensively, to include directing section fires, while providing advisement to their supported unit commanders. Students will also obtain the necessary skills to provide planning guidance and wave control during AAV ship-to-shore operations. On successful completion, graduates will be capable of maintaining, managing, and employing an AAV Section in garrison and combat environments. The purpose of this course is to provide the training necessary to serve as a section leader in an Assault Amphibian unit.

Assault Amphibian Unit Leader (AAUL) will perform various duties incident to the operation and maintenance of Amphibious Assault Vehicles and Assault Amphibian Section. AAUL prepares the Marines for the tactical employment of troops and equipment during ship to shore movement and subsequent operations ashore. This course introduces the unit leader to the responsibilities for all vehicles and associated collateral equipment in an Assault Amphibian Section. The unit leader will be trained to employ AA unit gunnery skills, in water-borne operations, and in tactical movements of an Assault Amphibian Section. The course will train the students to serve as advisors to supporting units on training, welfare, administrative functions and tactical employment of their respective units. Time on the ramp, in the water and in the field exercises are used to reinforce the classroom instruction.

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

DNCO Phone: 760-763-6082

Assault Amphibian Unit Leader (AAUL) Course is designed to develop the enlisted AA unit leader skills beyond the AAV Vehicle Commander. Instructional areas shall focus specifically on: Maintenance Administration, Unit Training Management, Orders Writing, Amphibious Operations, Offensive Operations, and Defensive Operations. Students attending this course should have been previously assigned as a Vehicle Commander and be proficient in gunnery skills, land navigation, and have already had some introduction to doctrinal terms and graphics. Students must demonstrate mastery of all instructional areas via written and performance examinations, and display sound leadership throughout the course to meet graduation requirements. 

50 Training Day Course Includes
  • Lecture/Demonstration = 72.5 Hrs

  • Practical Application = 202.5 Hrs

  • Performance Evaluations= 73.5 Hrs

  • Written Exams = 8.5 Hrs

Course Details
  • Frequency = 2 classes per year

  • Max Capacity = 18 Marines per class

Basic Schedule


  • T-Day 1-7 Welcome Aboard Briefs, Risk Management, Manage Unit Training, Pre-Fire *Testing, Unit Inspection, Management, Waterborne Operations, Plan for Amphibious Operations, Embarkation & Movement, Ship to Shore Movement

  • T-Day 8-9 Amphibious Boat Control Training, Amphibious ship tour (Field)

  • T-Day 9-20 Unit Inspection, Staff Functions, Operational Resources, Marine Corps Planning Process, Intelligence Preparation of the Battle space, Planning, Combined Arms Integration, Controlling Fires

  • T-Day 21-24 Manage Waterborne Operations, Amphibious Operations, Embarkation & Movement, Ship to Shore Movement (Field)

  • T-Day 25-33 Unit Inspections, Mechanized Operations in the Defense/Offense, Operating the AAV in Unique environments, Recovery operations, Controlling fires, Electronic Remote Fills

  • T-Day 34-45 Tactical Operations, Operate the AAV in Unique environment, Mech in the Offense/Defense, Operational Planning, Controlling Fires, Electronic Remote Fills (Field)

  • T-Day 46-50 MCTIMS, AAV PMCS, AAV Inspection, Fitness Reports, 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 have all Pre-Requisites complete upon check in, in order to continue in the class

  • Field Exercise = 20 total Days


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

DNCO Phone: 760-763-6082


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

2. Students will report to the command deck in the required Service Alpha Uniform and have their seasonal Marine Pattern (MARPAT) Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) ready for use.  The remainder of the course uniform of the day is the required seasonal Marine Pattern (MARPAT) Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU). The physical training standard or cold weather uniform is required for the appropriate season. All field evolutions will be in the required safety nomex uniform with steel toe boots. The basic issue of field gear is available at AAS supply for students stationed outside of Camp Pendleton.

3. The student is required to have their medical and dental records in their possession.

4. The parent command must complete a "TD" fitness report.

5. The student must be free of personal and medical problems that would interfere with their ability to complete the course.

6. Marines must be within the height and weight standards and will conduct an inventory physical fitness test within the first week of training.

7. Possess a copy of command screening checklist per MCO P1553.4B

8. Students must bring the following in a 6 Part Folder upon Check In:

  • Screening checklist complete

  • PECL for GST (Paper Form or MCTIMS Printout)

  • Marine Net certs (MCIs count if they were done previously and are up to date)

  • BIR (MOL)

  • BTR (MOL)

  • Orders to the schoolhouse for the course.

9. Duty Phone #: Commercial (760) 763-6082, DSN 361-6082



MOS: 1833 In order to attend this course, the student must have successfully completed:

  • Assault Amphibian Crewmember Course (CID: M10AHY3) and

  • Assault Amphibious Vehicle Commander's Course (CID: M1018Q3)

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

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

(3) Must have normal color vision.

(4) Must be Gunnery Skills Test qualified.

(5) Must have a current WSI swim qualification or higher.

(6) Must have current Submerged Vehicle Egress Trainer card; bring completion card at check-in.

(7) Must have an active GTCC.

(8) Must have completed MarineNet courses:

  • UT03AO0000 Unit Training Management - Platoon Level

  • B13083600 Operational Terms and Graphics

  • M00CO_0799 Combat Orders

  • M00CR_0799 Combat Reports

  • RTAMRSOCAA Range Safety

  • ​GCSS11BC01 GCSS-MC Welcome to GCSS Basics

​(9) Reservist's attending must have completed the Assault Amphibian Vehicle Commander Course, not the Reserve Seminar.