Reserve Assault Amphibian Vehicle Commander Seminar
Assault Amphibian School
Camp Pendleton California

Reserve Assault Amphibian Vehicle Commander Seminar (RAAVCS) introduces students to AAV leadership responsibilities with a focus on crew gunnery. This seminar builds upon foundational skills learned from Assault Amphibian Crewmember (AAC) Course, but with greater focus on direction and supervision. Students will gain familiarization with 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), 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 seminar will become more proficient in the required skills necessary 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

RAAVCS is designed to develop the supervisory skills and gunnery proficiency expected of an AAV Vehicle Commander. Instructional areas shall focus specifically on: AAV maintenance, orders and reports, navigation, tactics, and gunnery. Students attending this seminar 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 seminar to meet graduation requirements. 

11 Training Day Course Includes

This course is 11 Training Days including 1 day from the weekend.

T-Day 1: Welcome Aboard Briefs, Time Critical Risk Management, How to conduct Training, Vehicle Maintenance

T-Day 2: GCSS Fundamentals

T-Day 3: GCSS Fundamentals, Advanced M2HB, AAV Engagement Process, Crew Gunnery Procedures

T-Day 4: AAV Engagement Process, Crew Gunnery Procedures

T-Day 5: AAV Engagement Process, Crew Gunnery Procedures

T-Day 6: AAVs in the Offense, AAV’s in the Defense, Orders Process

T-Day 7: Mounted Navigation, Reports, AAVC7A1

T-Day 8: Mounted Navigation, AAVC7A1, AAVs in the Offense, AAV’s in the Defense

T-Day 9: Mounted Navigation, Supervision, Gunnery

T-Day 10: Gunnery, Tactics

T-Day 11: Gunnery, Tactics, Supervision, Tactics, End of Course Critiques, out-processing


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


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 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 seminar.

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

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

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



MOS: 1833

In order to attend this seminar, 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 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.

-UT03AO0000 Unit Training Management (UTM)-Platoon Level

-GCSS11BC01 Welcome to GCSS-Basics

-B130836000 Operational Terms and Graphics

-M00CO_0799 Combat Reports