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Department of Aviation Medicine


FLIGHT SURGEON PRIMARY COURSE: Mission Statement "Train joint and combined health care providers in the art and science of Army aviation medicine."


The Army Flight Surgeon Primary Course (AFSPC) is six weeks in duration and is conducted three times per year at the Department of Army Aviation Medicine (DAM). This course is designed to train physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practioners both military and DoD Civilians in Army Aviation Medicine with the goal of keeping aviators and aircrew members flying while maintaining safety of flight. This is a busy and challenging curriculum, but a lot fun. Expect to work hard, both mentally and physically. The class is fast-paced and demanding, encompassing a variety of topics in Aviation, Survival Equipment and Skills, Flight Physiology, MEDEVAC Doctrine and Operations, Aeromedical Administration, Aviation Safety, Mishap Prevention and Investigation, and Clinical Aerospace Medicine. Graduates will be prepared to undertake the challenge of implementing the Army Aviation Medicine Program at their home unit.


Go to https://www.atrrs.army.mil/atrrscc/search.aspx (CAC required) and search for School Code 871 within the appropriate fiscal year.


PA = 6A-61N9D(65DM3)
Physician = 6A-61N9D (Primary)
NP = 6A-61N9D (66PN1)
Reserve (Phase 1) (3 weeks) = 6A-61N9D (RC)(P1)
Reserve (Phase 2) (3 weeks) = 6A-61N9D (RC)(P2)
Aviation Medicine Orientation Course (Refresher) = 6A-F1
Aviation Medicine Clinic NCO = 300-F23


The course is broken into six modules:

  • Introduction to the Flight Environment
  • Flight Physiology
  • Clinical Aviation Medicine
  • Aviation Medicine Programs and Mishap Investigation
  • Unit Level Operations
  • Practical Week


Please come ready to commit yourself to training, as there is a lot of work in this course, to include multiple tests, papers, and briefs that demand a significant time commitment. There is insufficient time during the course for students to simultaneously support their unit during the course, so please plan coverage for your absence.  If you are unable to give your full attention to the course please do not enroll.

It is the Unit Commander’s and CSM’s/1SG’s responsibility to verify and ensure that the student has all of the necessary tools to be able to participate in the course that they are registered.


Flight Surgeon Course

  1. A fully qualified Class 2 (INITIAL) Flight Duty Medical Exam.  Fully qualified means stamped “Qualified” or “Waiver granted” by the US Army Aeromedical Activity.

  2. Must be in the grades of O-2 thru O-6.

  3. Graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic Course or equivalent.  

  4. A validated operational requirement as determined by quota source (HRC, NGB & USAR) with service requirements IAW AR 616-110.  

  5. Possess a minimum of a Secret security clearance.  

  6. Must meet current approved physical readiness requirements with a passing score on ACFT (once approved as test of record)

  7. Must be either unit funded or centrally funded.  Paying out pocket for this course is not allowed IAW the Anti-Deficiency Act

  8. Medical students may attend on a space available basis and may not know if they have a confirmed spot until <30 days prior to course start


All enrollments are controlled by MEDCoE and vetted through your career managers. Active duty students are enrolled through HRC career managers. Compo 2 and 3 students should work through their component surgeon’s office to find the correct point of contact. Active component students will attend training for six consecutive weeks.  National Guard and Reserve Component students can opt to complete the course in two 3 week blocks (Phase 1 & Phase 2) to minimize their time away from their civilian practice. However, both phases must be completed within 18 months.  If not completed within 18 months the student must repeat phase 1 again.

Enrollment Process Flowchart



The FDME process is detailed and may take several months to complete. You are required to have a stamped approved flight physical NLT 30 days prior to the course start date or you will be disenrolled in favor of another qualified candidate.  Therefore, begin this process without delay.  Anyone presenting to Fort Rucker without a fully qualified Class II FDME, or with a disqualifying medical condition for which a waiver has not yet been granted will NOT be permitted to attend the course.  Contact the Course Director for any difficulties completing the flight physical.


A CURRENT CLASS II FLYING DUTY MEDICAL EXAMINATION (FDME) IS REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN ADDITION TO PHASE 1 AND PHASE 2 STUDENTS.  A flight physical is not a specific requirement to attend the FS Orientation (i.e. Refresher) Course or the NCO Admin Course.  Sister-service students attending the Orientation/Refresher course should contact the Course Director for further guidance. 

Note for USAF, USN, USCG or allied/international nations students: You do not need an Army specific Flight Physical; however, your physical must meet or exceed the standards of the Army Class II Flight Duty Medical Examination.  It is HIGHLY suggested that you get your flight physical completed at an Army installation with a flight provider that has access to the AERO flight physical system.  This will ensure no specific requirements or standards are missing or overlooked and will significantly decrease your wait time in getting qualified.


A CURRENT CLASS II INITIAL FLYING DUTY MEDICAL EXAMINATION (FDME) IS REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS.  For physicians this is a Class 2F Initial (FI) and for physician assistants and nurse practioners this is a Class 2F Initial (PI).  Regardless if you were a rated aviator or aircrew member in a prior life, you will need a new initial flight physical.  A short or long flight physical will NOT meet standards.  What if my last initial flight physical expired?  You need a new initial flight physical and will continue this requirement until you are trained. INITIAL PHYSICALS ARE GOOD FOR 18 MONTHS FOR PURPOSES OF ADMISSION TO THIS COURSE. PHYSICAL MUST CARRY YOU THROUGH GRADUATION DATE OF COURSE.


Your physical must be completed by a qualified Army Flight Provider (Military or Civilian).


Most active Army posts or military instillations will have an Aviation Medicine Clinic, Family Practice Clinic or Troop Clinic with a Flight Surgeon assigned. If you are near an active duty post, start by calling the hospital or main clinic and ask if there is an Aviation Medicine Clinic. If there is not, try calling the Family Practice Clinic and ask if there is a Flight Surgeon in the clinic who can do your flight physical, or if they know where you might find one.


All physicals must be submitted in and approved in AERO.


After submitting your physical, it may take AAMA several months to process. It is up to you and your submitting flight provider to follow through with AAMA to ensure first that it has been received, and finally that it has been reviewed and qualified. There will often be discrepancies found, so submission does NOT guarantee that it is complete. You must check back to ensure that the "qualified" or “waiver granted” stamp has been applied to your physical.  Any Flight Surgeon with an AERO account may check on the status of your physical at any time after it`s been submitted.  If there are any questions that the flight surgeon cannot answer for you, or if you have problems or questions regarding your physical, you should contact your flight surgeon. You can check the status of your physical at the following website: https://aero.health.mil/sma.html

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (Will be uploaded in Blackboard):

• Travel Orders and DD 1610 (PCS, TDY en-route, or TDY and return) 

• DD 93 (Record of Emergency Data) (Dated < 12 months) 

• SGLV-8286 (SGLI - Current) (Dated < 12 months) 

• Copy of valid HIPAA Certificate 

• Security Clearance Verification Letter  

• Information Assurance (IA) Certificate (Must not expire during the course dates) 

• ACFT Scorecard (once test is approved as test of record by Army)

• DA Form 5500/5501 (for females) (Height & Weight) (If applicable) 


The classroom uniform will be OCPs (or service equivalent) unless otherwise specified. 

• Packing list will be disseminated to all enrolled students

• Multicam/OCP 

• Multicam/OCP patrol cap or Service equivalent 

• Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU) or service equivalent (full winter; from OCT- APR). 

• Approved flight boots are highly recommended, but not required. Most normal issue leather/suede tan/brown boots are authorized. (PLACE HYPERLINK TO  “2018 FR Boot Memo”)

• Color Velcro unit and combat sleeve unit patches for graduation

• Identification tags (dog tags) are required by AR 95-1 for flying duties. Students will NOT be allowed to board aircraft without ID tags on their person. 

• If you did not score at least 20/20 uncorrected visual acuity on your FDME, then you must wear glasses that correct your vision to 20/20. Contact lenses are acceptable, but require a waiver (done prior to arrival) for flying duties. 

• In addition to the above packing list, during the spring and summer months, it is advisable to bring rain gear. During the winter months bring cold weather gear. Alabama does get cool during the winter, so you may wish to bring off-duty clothing accordingly.

• Fort Rucker is a training post where strict adherence to standards of military courtesy and appearance is the norm. Standards in AR 670-1 will be strictly enforced. Additionally, as an AIT training post, you are not authorized to roll up Army OCP/Multicam uniform sleeves. Sister services may roll their sleeves according to their service specific policies. 


Copies of your orders, amendments, and leave form (DA Form 31) are required. If you are coming to the course TDY en-route, you must have a leave form that covers the time between graduation from this course and reporting to your next duty station PRIOR to departing your present duty station. SAAM IS not authorized to generate DA 31s for you here. We ARE able to sign you out on leave upon completion of the course. 

Personnel who are going overseas need to ensure that they have their tickets or port of call paperwork prior to departing their present duty station. Passports and immunizations for family members need to be taken care of prior to departing from the last duty station due to extremely limited facilities at Fort Rucker. 

Unless family members are authorized on service member’s orders, be prepared to assume all costs for them. Special considerations will not be made by housing for unauthorized family members. 


This course requires full per diem. There is are no available government lodging or meals on post. Lodging will be at IHG housing on post. To secure lodging first exercise the use of DTS to its fullest capability in securing lodging. If unable to secure lodging on post, visit IHG Website or call 334-598-5216. If no lodging is available on post we recommend that your unit fund a rental vehicle for the duration of the course.


Welcome Letter
Packing List

Students will receive a welcome letter email with updated information NLT 6 weeks prior to the course start date. 

Course Director: DSN: 558-7300 Commercial: (334) 255-7300

Course NCOIC: DSN: 558-7439 Commercial: (334) 255-7439

Email: medcoesaamfsc@army.mil