Army pilot training stresses water-survival.

In an effort to expand pilots' skills in joint-serviceoperations, the U.S. Army is opening its own water-survival trainingfacilities.

Previously, Army pilots trained on U.S. Navy facilities, but now aircraft ditching skills have become mandatory for each candidate planning to enter the Army's Flight School XXI at Fort Rucker, Ala., according to a service spokesman.

The move is not only a response to the Army aviators' continuously expanding missions, but also an attempt to select the most qualified individuals, before they actually join the flight school, said Lt. Col. Robert Bullinger.

The Army opened its first Dunker Heed Air