Profile: Special Operations Training Battalion

Spec. Pilego endures water survival training.


SOATB conducts basic Army Special Operations Aviation individual training and provides education in order to produce crew members and support personnel with basic and advanced qualifications for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). 

Soldiers and instructors from the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion welcome conventional unit to the Allison Aquatics Training Facility (AATF) at Fort Campbell, Ky., to teach water survival techniques. The training meets a key priority for Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland's, the United States Army Special Operations Commander, ARSOF 2022 vision to bridge critical seams of SOF-Conventional Forces relationships to effectively contribute to unified action in the 21st century by partnering with the Army to meet its training responsibilities.

Prior to the this training, the AATF had traditionally been used by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR) aviators and crewmembers, as well as members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) for pre-mission training.


HQs at Fort Campbell, Ky.; A Co (HQs and combat skills), B Co (flight company), D Co (field maintenance).


Unit averages 235 training days per year including 80 officer graduates, 325 enlisted graduates, and 10,500 flight hours.

  • Green platoon training: combatives, land navigation, ranges, physical training, road marches, administrative classes, first responders course
  • Allison Aquatics Training Facility: dunker training, emergency breathing
  • Flight training: basic skills (mission planning, mission briefing); advanced skills (specific aircraft qualifications, environmental operations, aerial operations); combat mission flight simulators


Originally called "Green Platoon," ad hoc training functions began in 1983.  In 1988, the unit officially formed to centralize and standardize recruiting, assessment and training.  In 1990 the mission scope expanded to all active and reserve components. Special Operations Aviation Training Company (SOATC) provisionally designated in 1992, and in 2010 officially re-designated as SOATB.


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