US Army Infantry Officer
FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR ASSAULT OPERATIONS
SUBCOURSE NO. IN 0800
United States Army Infantry School
Fort Benning, Georgia
Six Credit Hours
This subcourse is designed to teach the infantry officer the purpose and planning considerations of the fundamentals of air assault operations, also the techniques for preparing related orders that coincide with the conduct of air assault operations. Air assault operations insert troops and equipment into positions of tactical importance with great speed, but at great risk. It is vitally important that the infantry officer knows the characteristics of air assault operations and the considerations and planning procedures for operations in the AirLand Battle concept. He must also know the five plans, which are the ground tactical plan, landing plan, air movement plan, loading plan, and staging plan, that make up the complete air assault operations plan.
The first lesson will discuss the characteristics of air assault operations and how they relate to the fundamentals of AirLand Battle doctrine; the capabilities, limitations, and vulnerabilities of air assault operations; and employment considerations and guidelines. This lesson will also teach the troop leading procedures, planning considerations, and the sequence of action in preparing for an air assault operation. It will also teach intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB).
The second lesson will discuss the purpose of and planning considerations for the five basic plans--ground tactical plan, landing plan, air movement plan, loading plan, and staging plan--which together comprise the air assault operations plan.
TASK: Identify the characteristics of and considerations and procedures of planning for air assault operations. Also identify the purpose of, and planning considerations for, the five basic plans--a ground tactical plan, a landing plan, an air movement plan, a loading plan, and a staging plan--which together comprise the air assault operations plan.
CONDITIONS: Given the subcourse material, a training scenario, and extracts, as applicable, the student will complete the examination at the end of this subcourse.
STANDARD: The student will successfully answer 75 percent of the questions on a multiple-choice based examination for subcourse IN 0800 by identifying the characteristics of and procedures of planning for air assault operations, and identifying the planning considerations for the five basic plans--a ground tactical plan, a landing plan, an air movement plan, a loading plan, and a staging plan--which together comprise the air assault operation plan.
This objective supports military qualification standards (MQS) tasks:
FM 90-4, Select air/ground movement routes using a map.
FM 90-4, Provide aviation input to AMTF operations orders.
FM 90-4/100-5, AirLand Battle.
FM 100-5, AirLand Battle doctrine.
FM 90-4/100-5, Describe the application of the US Army's AirLand Battle doctrine.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Today's Army relies on air assault operations for surprise, quick insertion of forces into battle, surveillance and screening over wide areas, and many other tactical advantages. To use air assault operations effectively, infantry officers must know the characteristics of an air assault operation and the planning requirements, including the components of the reverse planning process, which go into making the complete air assault operations plan.
Lesson 1 of this subcourse describes the characteristics of the air assault operations plan, including considerations affecting the operations plan and procedures for developing the plan.
The reverse planning process is described in Lesson 2. Beginning with the ground tactical plan, which specifies actions in the objective area, the landing plan, air movement plan, loading plan, and staging plan are developed, in that order, all directed toward achieving the ground tactical plan.
When the subcourse is completed, the student will have been introduced to air assault operations and the planning that these operations require.