Do you think you have what it takes to step up to the door of an aircraft, look down at the drop zone, jump 800 feet and land safely - ready to fight?
It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for this assignment. Someone with an unflinching spirit of adventure. Someone who can put into practice in three minutes things that have taken three weeks to learn. And who is willing to live up to the Airborne history of action, dedication and courage?
If you're that kind of person, the sky's the limit in Airborne.
At Jump School, you'll be introduced to your best friend - your parachute. You'll get to know everything about it. How to wear it, adjust it, use it, the works. You'll also learn all the techniques needed to accomplish your mission with absolute confidence. How to stay loose; get ready for impact; let your legs absorb the shock; roll and collapse your chute quickly; release your harness; unsling your weapon; and deploy into position.
Airborne officers are considered to be among the Army's most valuable combat officers. (Every member of the Rangers and Special Forces - two of the Army's most elite corps - is airborne-qualified.)
And not only Infantry officers can benefit from "going Airborne." Being airborne-qualified will enhance an officer's value to the Army and enhance his or her own chances for a valuable career.
This is a three week school conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. Cadets in good physical condition may compete for a school allocation. A minimum Physical Fitness score of 250 is required. At Airborne school, cadets will train along side Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from an Air Force aircraft (C130 and C141). Upon completion of the course, cadets will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified! This course is extremely safe and boosts the confidence of all who have the opportunity to attend.