Upon completion of Assault Amphibian Officer Course a Marine
will be awarded the military occupational specialty of 1803.The purpose of this course is to provide the training necessary to serve as platoon commanders of an Assault Amphibian unit. AAV platoon commanders perform various duties incident to the operation and maintenance of Assault Amphibious Vehicles and the Upgun Weapons Station (UGWS) MK19 40 MM / .50 CAL M2 machineguns. The course ensures the AAV platoon commander is trained to prepare his crews and AAVs for the tactical employment of troops and equipment during ship to shore movement and subsequent operations ashore.The Assault Amphibian Officer course will progressively train the students from operating and maintaining an individual AAV and employing the UGWS to maintaining control of the fire and movement at a unit level. The student will be trained to serve as an advisor to the supported unit commander on the use of AAVs in support of the assigned mission. Students will practice leading an AAV platoon in amphibious operations and special terrain operations. Essentially, the students will be trained on the training and welfare of their crews and the administrative functions and tactical employment of the vehicles of their unit.