Assault Amphibian Vehicle Commander Course
Assault Amphibian School
Camp Pendleton, California

To train intermediate level Marines for service as an Assault Amphibian Vehicle Commander for the AAV family of vehicles.  Assault Amphibian Vehicle Commander (AAVC) Course introduces students to AAV leadership responsibilities with a focus on crew gunnery. This course builds upon foundational skills learned from Assault Amphibian Crewmember (AAC) Course, but with greater focus on direction and supervision. Students will learn how to utilize Global Command Support System - Marine Corps (GCSS-MC) to initiate and track maintenance and supply issues and requests, conduct mounted navigation with the use of the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR), prepare an Assault Amphibious Vehicle Command, Reliability, Availability, Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (AAVC7A1 RAM/RS) for any event, be able to send and receive reports, issue a fragmentary order, and conduct after action reports with their subordinates. Students also learn how to effectively employ their Upgunned Weapons Station (UGWS) and manage their crew during the conduct of gunnery operations. Graduates of this course will gain the necessary skillset to assume the responsibilities of an AAV family of vehicles (FOV) Vehicle Commander in support of mechanized operations. 

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

DNCO Phone: 760-763-6082

AAV maintenance, orders and reports, navigation, tactics, and gunnery.  Students attending this course should be proficient in AAV fundamentals and crew responsibilities, associated UGWS machine guns, and basic land navigation. Students must demonstrate mastery of all instructional areas via written and performance examinations, and display leadership throughout the course to meet graduation requirements.

25 Training Day Course Includes
  • Lecture/Demonstration = 52 Hrs

  • Practical Application = 98.5 Hrs

  • Performance Evaluations= 33.5 Hrs

  • Written Exams = 7 Hrs

  • Field Exercise = 9-10 Continuous Days

  • Frequency = 5-6 classes per year

  • Max Capacity = 24 Marines per class

Basic Schedule
  • T-Day 1: Welcome Aboard Briefs, In-Processing

  • T-Day 2-9: Time Critical Risk Management, How to Conduct Training, Vehicle Maintenance, GCSS-MC Fundamentals, Advanced Waterborne Preparation, How to Conduct Training, Supervision, Mounted Navigation, Reports, Operational Terms and Graphics, AAVC7A1, C2 Employment, Orders Process, Tactical Advisor, Tactics

  • T-Day 10-14: Advanced Gunnery Preparation, Advanced M2HB, AAV Engagement Process, Crew Gunnery Procedures, AAVC7A1 Gunnery, the Offense, the Defense

  • T-Day 15-22: Mounted Navigation, C2 Employment,  AAV Engagement Process, Crew Gunnery Procedures, AAVC7A1 Gunnery, AAV Offense/Defense, Tactics (Field)

  • T-Day 23-25: Vehicle Maintenance, End of course administration, Rehearsal/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 prerequisites complete upon check in, in order to continue in the class

  • The Field exercise encompasses all item taught into a 9-10 day field exercise that include a Live Fire and Maneuver (LFAM) range, force on force section level, Vehicle commander Command and Control, C7, mounted land navigation, supervision and leadership.

Course Details:


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 physical training standard or cold weather uniform is required for the appropriate season. All field evolutions will be in the required fire retardant uniform with steel-toe boots. The basic issue of field gear is available at AAS supply for students stationed outside of the vicinity of Camp Pendleton.

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

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

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

6. Student must provide evidence of completion/certification of all prerequisite requirements.

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 completed

•     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. AAS Duty Phone number: Commercial (760) 763-6082, or DSN 361-6082. 



MOS: 1833

In order to attend this course, the student must have successfully completed the Assault Amphibian Crewmember Course (CID: M10AHY3).

(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 DCTB of a minimum six months at current station.

(6) Must have completed MarineNet Courses:

  • MCIZ1800ZZ AAV RAM/RS Crew Functions.

  • MCIZ1851ZZ Operations of the UGWS.

  • MCIZ1834CZ AAVP7A1 Logbook and Communications.

  • MCIZ1831CZ Field Operation and Employment of the AAV.

  • WF02AO0000 Recognition of Combat Vehicles

  • EPME4240AA Tactical Tools for Cpls (Only Cpls Complete)

  • EPME5240AA Tactical Tools For Sgts (Only Sgts Complete)

  • **LCpls are not required to complete Tactical Tools**