Welcome to the Forum.There are a lot of history lovers here.. Please educate me a bit on what an Aeroscout Observer is.
It was MOS 93B in the Army, from about 1985 to the late 90's.
The school was an abbreviated flight school at Ft Rucker, AL, which provided about 65 hours of flight instruction. The flying bit was mostly navigation and some hands-on. It was essentially the OH-58 Basic Combat Skills and Night/Night Vision Goggle portions of the scout track of Army flight school. Graduates would then go to a Cav Squadron or Attack Helicopter Battalion, where they would fly missions in the left seat (co-pilot seat) of a scout helicopter. Graduates were not considered pilots, but were required to maintain minimums and hands-on flying proficiency, among other tasks. The reality of it was that quite often the pilot would start the engine, then say "you have the controls". We would pick up, hover taxi, take off, fly, land, etc. It was in their best interest to have a competent flyer who could get them to safety if they were injured in combat. It was not unusual for an experienced observer to be more competent than many of the junior officers who did not yet have pilot-in-command orders.
Graduates were awarded the Army Aviation Badge, which was then known as the Army Aircraft Crewman badge. I was around just long enough to get the little star on my wings and about 600 hours, plus another 400 as a Huey crew chief.
Edited by Ed Rooney, 08 March 2019 - 10:49 PM.