During my time at the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, VA in 2000, part of our training was to complete the Sling Load Inspector Certification Course. This was a one week course designed to give you an overview of sling load operations in the Army. While the course is available for all Soldiers (E-4 and above) it is still mandatory training for all new QM Officers.
Here are a few things you should know about SLICC.
- It is a five day course
- Service members from any branch can attend
- All students must be E-4 or higher and have at least one year left in the service
- There is also a mobile training course available where the course will travel to your location
- The course is typically taught at Fort Lee
- After graduating the course, students will be “certified” to conduct and inspect Sling Load Operations with their unit
The course started out mostly as classroom instruction. To the best of my memory, we spent a couple days in classroom instruction, learning the basics of sling load operations (the big picture). From there we learned proper ways to rig different types of military equipment. We also learned how to fill out DA Form 7382 (Inspection Form).
We had a couple tests and lots of hands on training. On the last day of the course we got to sling load some actual pieces of equipment, such as a HMMWV and a water buffalo.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Sling Load Inspector Certification Course. Even better, as a young QM Officer, I oversaw several sling load missions at Fort Carson. It was a lot of fun and the training really came in helpful.
I think the SLICC is a great resource for anyone in a support unit or Air Assault unit. Inevitably, you will have sling load operations to perform, so it would be in your best interest to attend the training and get certified.
On a side note, if you have ever attended the Sling Load Inspector Certification Course, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment to this post to tell us about your experience.