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REPORTING TIME AND LOCATION: Report on Monday, at 0730 to Building #6238, 1220 Rear Access Road, Fort Lee. Directions from Lodging: Left on Mahone Ave (changes to 16th St. at “B” Ave) to Rear Access Rd, make a right on Rear Access Rd. Contact Number 804-734-4724/4185/5946 or DSN 687-.

COURSE DURATION: The course is five (5) days long. Students are cautioned against making travel arrangements to depart prior to 1800 on the last day of training. Students will not be released early to depart Ft Lee. It is approximately one hour from Fort Lee to the Richmond International Airport.

PREREQUISITES: Service members from all service branches and the US Coast Guard are eligible for training. IAW TM 4-48.9 students must be in the rank of E-4 or above with at least one year remaining in service (NO EXCEPTIONS, NO WAIVERS). Active, Reserve Component, Department of the Army civilians, and other DOD personnel are eligible to attend.

NOTE: E-3 and below that report for a Resident or MTT Course, will not be permitted in the course for observation only.

UNIFORM: The ACU with ID tags and ID card. Personnel without ID card or ID tags will not be trained.


(1) Ballistic/Kevlar helmet or equivalent (flight helmets acceptable)
(2) Leather gloves with inserts
(3) Ear plugs
(4) Wet weather/Cold weather clothing as required
(5) Canteen (camelbak is acceptable)
(6) ID card
(7) ID tags

BILLETING INFORMATION: All TDY arrangements are the responsibility of the sending unit. For billeting reservations, statements of non-availability, and off-post hotel information, contact Fort Lee Lodging at DSN 687-6700 or COMM (804) 733-4100. IAW the MTSS program, all personnel reporting for courses 40-hours or longer in duration, must report to the Fort Lee Lodging Office immediately upon arrival.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES: Students are expected to arrive the day prior in order to obtain lodging and report to bldg 6238 NLT 0730 for in processing on Monday morning.

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Effective immediately, units requesting mobile/on-site courses must submit a Training Requirements Arbitration Panel (TRAP) through their respective installation Training Coordinator (G-3). The QMS will not reserve training dates without proper coordination through the MACOMs. Requesting units must appoint a unit POC and contact information in the TRAP request.

GENERAL: Active, Reserve, and National Guard units may request a SLICC MTT through the ATRRS. MTT’s can train a maximum of 48 students in the grade of E-4 or above (NO WAIVERS, NO EXCEPTIONS). HOST/REQUESTING UNITS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING ALL TRAINING FACILITIES, SLING LOAD EQUIPMENT AND HARDWARE, TRAINING LOADS, HELICOPTER SUPPORT, TRAVEL AND FULL PER DIEM FOR FIVE (5) INSTRUCTORS FOR 7-10 DAYS. Funding must be received no later than twelve (30) working days prior to course start date or training may be cancelled.

COST: Contact Instructional Division, DSN 687-4185/4724 or FAX: 687-3084/3146 for a cost estimate.

COORDINATION: Upon scheduling a course date it is imperative that host units carefully review all course requirements and begin coordination with the Sling Load Office (804-734-4185/4724, DSN: 687) immediately. The following list details all coordination requirements. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS CAN RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF TRAINING.

  1. Select and reserve a course date in ATRRS. (COURSE# 860-F4; SCHOOL CODE 101)

  2. Establish a primary and alternate POC, and contact the Sling Load Office at 804-734-4185/4724.


  4. Schedule helicopter support and a large PZ (minimum 100x100 meters) for last day of the course from 0900-1200.

  5. Reserve a 48-person classroom with multi-media capabilities.

  6. Reserve a training area (MUST BE INDOORS AND a MINIMUM OF 3,000 SQ. FT) for the round-robin hands-on portion of the course. Ideal areas include empty aircraft hangars, armories, large open warehouse buildings. Area will be used to set up 12 rigged loads for training. The loads include: Three (3) HMMWV’s, three (3) A-22 Cargo Bags (using 4 x 55 gal drums per bag as the loads), Three (3) 5K or 10K cargo nets (using 4 x 55 gal drums per net as the load), Six (6) 500- gallon collapsible fuel or water blivets. Loads must have adequate separation for training.

  7. Reserve 4- hand held radios (PRC-127’s, Motorola’s) and appropriate SINCGARS or FM capable radio for Ground to Air (GTA) communication. Conduct a test of all radios and batteries and establish a primary and alternate frequency with the aviators for GTA communication.

  8. Consolidate all equipment in the designated training area and inspect for completeness and serviceability IAW TM 4-48.09. Advise the Sling Load Office of any deficiencies to determine if an exception to policy is acceptable, or if we can bring the missing item(s).

  9. Notify the Sling Load Office upon completion of all requirements.

  10. ave a 10-person detail available to arrange training area and classroom as directed by the advance party. SLING LOAD ADVANCE PARTY WILL NOT SET UP YOUR TRAINING AREA FOR YOU.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: All equipment must be serviceable. Sling load specific equipment must be complete and serviceable IAW TM 4-48.09.

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INSPECTION OF LOADS: All Army loads must be inspected by a qualified inspector prior to sling loading (effective 1 October 1997). Qualified inspectors are in the rank of E-4 or above and a graduate of one of the following courses: Pathfinder, Air Assault, or the Sling Load Inspector Certification Course (SLICC). Graduates of the above courses, below the rank of E-4 are not authorized to inspect loads regardless of the date of graduation.

Inspections will be recorded on the Sling Load Inspection Record (DA Form 7382, JUL 05). This form is available in Appendix I of TM 4-48.09, and on the Sling Load Office Website: Inspection Form. The form must be reproduced locally for use. This form is required in triplicate. Distribution of the form is as follows:

  1. Copy one - to the supporting aviation unit.
  2. Copy two - securely taped or tied to the load.
  3. Copy three - remains in the supported unit.

Coordination for the delivery of "copy one" should be arranged prior to the operation. The supporting aviation unit may request their copies be sent through distribution, mailed, or delivered to the aircraft on the PZ. Load inspections are the responsibility of the supported unit.

b. Completion of the DA FORM 7382, SLING LOAD INSPECTION RECORD.

  1. Block 1 - Supported unit identification
  2. Block 2 - Item description and serial/bumper number
  3. Block 3 – Total rigged weight of the load
  4. Block 4 - Supporting Aviation unit identification
  5. Block 5 - Type Aircraft used
  6. Block 6 - FM number load was rigged IAW (FM 4-48.09 or FM 4-20.198/199)
  7. Blocks 7 through 10 - Fill out only what pertains to your load. Person rigging and inspecting must INITIAL appropriate blocks (Inspection and Rigging are completed by different persons).
  8. Remarks Block – Briefly identify deficiencies found during the inspection, and identify the corresponding block on the record. When transporting Unique Loads, the High Risk approving authority’s signature block must be added.
  9. Block 11 – Name of the individual that rigged the load and the date.
  10. Block 12 – Name of the inspector of the load and the date.

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Low Cost, Low Altitude Aerial Delivery System (LCLA ADS):

The LCLA Resupply Load is a low cost aerial resupply load. It is designed to resist impact, keeping contents intact from heights of 150-ft to 500-ft Above Ground Level (AGL). The system is an expendable type, one time use item, which is user friendly – easy to rig, transport, and deliver. The LCLA must be inspected by a qualified parachute rigger, jumpmaster or by an LCLA certified individual.

The Low Cost, Low Altitude Resupply Load (LCLA) training is now offered as part of all Resident SLIC Courses. Units requesting on-site SLIC Courses must inform the SLIC office in advance, if they want LCLA training.

Adding LCLA training will require students to receive familiarization with aerial delivery terms, materials, and procedures. They will receive presentations that cover nomenclature, descriptions, and capabilities of the LCLA, to include the authorized parachutes and inspection requirements.

Students also receive hands-on instruction for rigging the LCLA with a 35-Foot, Diameter, Cross Parachute (rated for loads 80-150 pounds) and the Triple Cross parachute system (clustering of three 35-Foot, Diameter, Cross parachutes rated for loads 125-425 pounds). The final instruction covers aircraft loading, hookup procedures, time warnings and deployment. All aircraft actions are conducted in a UH-60 and CH-47 mockup at the Sling Load Branch. Aircraft scheduled to support the sling load operation will be used for this training at on-site locations.

The equipment listed below is required for LCLA training in on-site SLIC Courses.

Note: It must be on-hand and ready for inspection the Friday prior to training week.



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This page was last updated on: August 23, 2013