You hook up your static line. You check your parachute equipment. You move toward the door of the aircraft – and then it’s your turn. The cold air hits you in the face and, suddenly one step later, the only thing between you and the ground is 1,300 feet of air. And, of course, three weeks of intense training that have thoroughly prepared you for this moment. Talk about a rush! Having successfully survived jump school, Soldiers graduate and are given their Airborne wings. Wings are a mark of courage, daring and skill. But jump school is more than an airborne academy. It’s a confidence school, a leadership school. Soldiers who complete the course leave with greater self-respect and self confidence. That’s something they have for the rest of their lives. Do you have what it takes?
Ground Training (Week 1)
During ground training week, you begin an intensive program of instruction building individual skills designed to prepare you to make a parachute jump and land safely. The equipment your platoon will train on are the mock door, the 34 foot tower, and the lateral drift apparatus (LDA). You must qualify on the 34 foot tower, the LDA, properly perform the PLF and pass all Physical Training (PT) requirements to go on to tower training week.