At Army Jump School, you will learn how to jump out of an aircraft,
navigate by using your parachute, land safely on the ground and move on
to a combat objective. Fort Benning, Georgia is where Army
paratroopers are trained and the coveted airborne wings are earned.
The three-week school is usually accomplished after a soldier completes
Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
All graduates of Ranger School and the
Special Forces Qualification
Course also attend Airborne School during their training pipelines.
The 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry Regiment is responsible for
running the U.S. Army Airborne School. The Airborne instructors are also
known as the "Black Hats" and are from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy
and Air Force. Students are trained in the use of static line deployed
Attending Airborne School requires passing the selection process.
To qualify, a soldier must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT),
earning a minimum score of 60 points per event (push ups, sit ups, and 2
mile run) based on the 17-21 year old APFT standards. The maximum
age for attending the Airborne School is 36 years of age.
Airborne School is broken into three one-week phases: Ground Week, Tower
Week, and Jump Week. At Airborne school, soldiers will train along
side Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as
members of the other armed services, and jump from Air Force aircraft
including the C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster.
Week 1 - Ground Week
Before you get to jump out of a plane you must first learn how to land
on the ground safely. The T-10C round-shaped parachute that
static-line paratroopers jump with drops you with plenty of downward
force - you must learn the skills required to safely transition to
landing and absorb the downward force preventing injury. Soldiers
are taught how to wear the parachute harness correctly and how to use
the special training gear. During Ground Week, soldiers will spend
a lot of time learning, practicing, and perfecting their Parachute
Landing Fall (PLF). This maneuver teaches a soldier to transfer
the energy of your fall (landing) up the sides of the lower legs and
knees, all the way up to side of the upper body. The key is
landing with your feet and knees together.
To practice the PLFs, soldiers will jump from platforms of various
heights into sand or pebble pits simulating the final stage of parachute
landing. All the while, the Black Hat instructors observe and
correct the soldier's body position and PLF technique. Over and
over a soldier will practice the PLF - expect a soldier's body to become
quite sore from the repetitive falling as well as the uniform to get
beat up. This week culminates in practice jumps from a 34-foot
tall tower to practice landings. The 34-foot tower introduces a
soldier to the sensation of actually falling from height - a feeling
similar to an actual jump.
To continue to week 2, you must pass all jump training test as well as
the physical fitness requirements. Some students that are unable
to advance may require additional training or get "recycled" to another
class due to lack of progress or injury.
Week 2 - Tower Week
The second week of Jump School concentrates on the jump towers.
Soldiers will continue using the 34-foot tower and will also use the
swing-landing trainer, the suspended harness, and the 250-foot tower.
Soldiers will become familiar with the mock door trainer to simulate
mass exit training (how to exit an aircraft in flight). Parachute
jumps from the 250-foot high tower culminate the second week of training
and are the final transition from ground training to actual parachuting.
Additionally, soldiers are taught the different phases of parachute
flight from aircraft exit, through opening shock and chute deployment,
then onto the deployment of the risers, steering the chute, and all the
way to landing. One critical skill learned is how to identify a
parachute malfunction and deal with it. This may involve emergency
procedures including when and how to deploy the reserve parachute.
Soldiers also learn about oscillation, landing falls, and how to recover
from drag. The T-10C parachute is partially steerable using the
parachute risers and soldiers are taught the different techniques to
steer their chutes into the wind and aim for the Point of Impact at the
center of the Drop Zone. The second week completes a soldier's
individual skill training and begins building team effort skills.
Once successfully completing the skills required and the physical
fitness requirements, a soldier progresses to jump week.
Week 3 - Jump Week
soldiers get to practice their new skills while jumping out of real
aircraft in flight. The C-130 or C-17 aircraft pick up the
paratrooper students right in front of the hangar at Lawson Army
Airfield, from there it is a very short flight to Friar Drop Zone where
all of the training jumps are accomplished. The Air Force aircraft
fly at 1200 feet above the ground at an airspeed of about 130 MPH.
After the flight crew completes the pre-drop and slow-down checklists,
soldiers rise out of their seats and move at the jumpmaster's direction
to one of two paratroop doors (on each side of the aircraft). At
"green light" one stick of soldiers exits the plane - jumpers continue
to move to the door until the red light is illuminated. At that
point the aircraft will begin its racetrack maneuver circling back to
the beginning of the drop zone and continue to do this until all jumpers
A soldier must complete 5 jumps, including one night jump in order to
graduate Airborne School. During jump week, the schedule varies
and soldiers will jump in a variety of configurations from no load
(Hollywood style) all the way to a full combat load jump. Jump
week can be chaotic as the mass of soldiers stand in the ready-room
waiting to be loaded onto the aircraft one chalk at a time. Once
landing on the drop zone, soldiers gather their chutes and gear and meet
back at the rally point (on the side of the DZ) and wait for a bus ride
back to Lawson AAF to get ready for their next jump.
Graduation is normally conducted at 0900 on Friday of Jump Week at the
south end of Eubanks Field on the Airborne Walk. However, if there
is inclement weather, or
other factors delay the scheduled jumps, graduation may be
conducted on Fryar Drop Zone (DZ) following the last jump. Guests and family
members are welcome to observe all of the jumps at the DZ, attend the
graduation ceremony, and participate in awarding the parachutist wings
to the soldiers. The jump schedule
varies greatly based on class dynamics, weather, and aircraft. On
graduation day, families should not expect to spend much time with their
soldiers. Often, families will only spend a few minutes with their
soldier, pinning on his or her new airborne wings... then the soldier
may be immediately departing to attend another advanced Army school or
to report to another duty station. Book your hotels early as the
hotels in town get booked up quick for graduation week. Check out the
cheapest rates on hotels in Fort Benning, GA.
Fryar DZ is
located on the Fort Benning Military Reservation. To get to Fryar Field
DZ, visitors should drive to Lawson Army Airfield (LAAF). Drive to the
left around LAAF. At the stop sign turn left and drive about 5 miles to
the next stop sign. Follow signs to the drop zone parking area.
Following graduation you are allowed to depart for leave, or your next
Throughout the fast-moving course of instruction, mental alertness and
physical conditioning are emphasized. Physical conditioning is a must
prior to attending this course. Airborne School is designed for those
who possess the desire, motivation and courage to join the elite
fraternity known as "THE AIRBORNE."
WARNING: WHEN CONDUCTING PHYSICAL TRAINING PRIOR TO THE BASIC
AIRBORNE COURSE AT YOUR HOME STATION, DESIGN A PROGRAM TO ACHIEVE THE
FOLLOWING: COMPLETION OF A 5 MILE RUN WITH A TIME OF 45 MINUTES OR
FASTER AFTER CONDUCTING 30 MINUTES OF STRENUOUS ACTIVITY (MUSCULAR
STRENGTH EXERCISES, MUSCULAR ENDURANCE EXERCISES, CALISTHENICS, AND
You must be physically fit before you start the Basic Airborne Course. The physically
weak are more likely to either not complete the course because of an
injury, or fail the course due to an inability to qualify on the
training apparatuses. You will have PT the first period each day,
followed by seven hours of demanding, rigorous training.
You must qualify during daily PT by completing the
exercises and distance run. Any student who fails to complete two runs
during the entire course will be eliminated from training. A typical
daily PT session includes warm up exercises, calisthenics,
guerilla/grass drills or a 3.2 to 4 mile formation run. Males and
females run in the same formation during PT and the average pace is
9-minutes per mile.
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Need to contact the Airborne School Directly? Call the points of contact below.
During Airborne School, soldiers will have nights and weekends off.
Soldiers can keep a mobile phone in their possession, but calls can only be made
after duty hours. Soldiers in the Airborne School can also have visitors
during nights and weekends, schedule permitting. During non-duty hours,
soldiers are normally free to travel within a 50-mile radius of Fort Benning
without a valid leave form. All soldiers must return well rested and on time for
company-designated formations the following morning.
Airborne School Contact Information
Here is the latest contact information for the Ft. Benning
Basic Airborne Course Schoolhouse. For Student Class Information and
questions such as "how can I get in touch with an Airborne student?" or
"when is Airborne School class graduation?", please call this number:
U. S. Army Airborne School Student
U. S. Army Jumpmaster School NCOIC
Attn: Jumpmaster Branch
Fort Benning, GA 31905
U. S. Army Pathfinder School NCOIC
Attn: Pathfinder Branch
Fort Benning, GA 31905
BN S-3 NCOIC
POI Manager/Technical Writer
Student and Class Information
Information transcribed from the 1-507th official website and
actual contact information not independently verified.
Operation Large Package
Large Package is an exercise held at Pope
Field and the Fort Bragg Reservation. It is a bilateral exercise
with Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft and aircrews
flying while Army Airborne paratroopers jump from the planes.
Four thousand 82nd Airborne Division
paratroopers take part in an aerial assault exercise called Large
Package Week culminating in a brigade-sized
airdrop. The quarterly training exercise sharpens the
airdrop capability of aircrews from the Air Mobility Command and the
82nd Airborne. The exercise is labeled "Large Package" due to the
size of the airborne element being dropped.
The sheer number of paratroopers
jumping into the drop zone requires a large formation of Air Force
aircraft - often as many as 18 C-130 aircraft will fly in formation,
navigating to the drop zone at night at 800 feet above the ground and
opening their paratroop doors for the jumpers to exit. The
aircraft airdrop paratroopers and heavy equipment and the event culminates in a large-scale brigade ground
Once airdropped out of the aircraft,
the paratroopers will rally at predetermined points on the drop zone,
assemble their units for offensive operations and retrieve their heavy
equipment that was airdropped nearby - including large artillery pieces
and vehicles. The ground force will maneuver across the drop zone
and practice their practice airfield
Large Package Week -
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules passed overhead and green parachutes
dotted the evening sky above nearby Fort Bragg on May 11. Eight seconds
later, the first Soldiers from the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps charged
across the ground launching a simulated airfield assault.
The Large Package Week exercises showed the vital role bluesuiters play
in joint operations to help Soldiers bring the fight to the enemy,
Aircraft involved in the week’s exercises were four C-130 Hercules from
here, and six from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., as well as two C-17
Globemaster IIIs from Charleston AFB, S.C., and McChord AFB, Wash.
Together they dropped equipment and about 800 paratroopers, said Master
Sgt. Brian Harriman, the exercise’s production supervisor from the 743rd
Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here.
Airmen and Soldiers train together during the exercises which are
designed to help prepare the 82nd Airborne Division’s incoming Ready
Division. Sergeant Harriman said the Ready Division Soldiers are
typically on alert for six weeks and must be capable of deploying
anywhere to conduct combat operations within 18 hours.
The majority of training occurs at night because that is when Soldiers
typically go into battle, said Maj. Chul Lee, command post chief.
“Night operations lessen the threat (of) exposure and also increase the
element of surprise against enemy targets,” he said.
Airmen are vital to the 82nd’s capabilities to perform its mission,
Sergeant Harriman said.
“The Air Force role is critical when a crisis breaks because (the
airlifters get) the 82nd Airborne Division where it needs to go,” he
Along with actual airlift missions, Airmen must also manage and maintain
all participating aircraft. Roughly 90 maintainers from the 743rd AMXS
take part in the training, and they prepare the “packages,” which
include equipment like military vehicles.
Sergeant Harriman said he recognizes and emphasizes the importance of
joint operations for accomplishing America’s national objectives.
“The key to success is two services operating as one unit to get the job
done,” he said.
82d Airborne Division -
The All Americans
Fort Bragg is known as the "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations
Forces". Fort Bragg houses the 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII
Airborne Corps. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the U.S.
Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights) also call Fort Bragg home.
The 82nd Division is known as a Ready Division with an
alert commitment. The 82nd maintains a Parachute Battalion Combat
Team (BCT) as the initial ready force. It can depart Fort Bragg in
18 hours or less....the initial company can be gone in 8 hours if
required for a contingency.
From their inception to their patch, these units have a legendary history.
The "AA" on the 82 Airborne Division patch stands for "All American".
The XVIII Airborne Corps is known as the Sky Dragons.
Fort Bragg units include the 1st Corps Support Command, 44th Medical
Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, 18th Aviation Brigade, 35th
Signal Brigade, and more.
Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division stream out from two
U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters III over the Sicily drop zone at Fort
Bragg, N.C. The soldiers are rehearsing to take part
in the longest distance airborne operation in history during Exercise
Central Asian Battalion. Exercise Central Asian Battalion
involves more than 900 military personnel from Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan who are training with
over 500 U.S. military troops to hone their skills in peacekeeping and
humanitarian assistance. The exercise will enhance regional cooperation
and increase interoperability training among NATO and Partnership for
Peace nations. The exercise is being held in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, and
with Velcro Patch
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fought valiantly beside his teammates until he was the only one left alive,
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rout when they overthrew the Taliban after 9/11. In Iraq, as journalist
Linda Robinson explains in Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the
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Robinson tells the story of the Special Forces through the eyes of a few
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and Iraq. Surprisingly, however, she devotes only a few pages to the
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infantryman, Tucker follows the warriors of the 101st Airborne Division
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