Feb 23, 2006, 2:35 PM
Post #1 of 59
I'm going to Airborne School!
Thats right with 9159 jumps, i'm going to learn to jump & land the round parachute! I enlisted (after a 15 year break from reg. army) into the Florida National Gaurd, as a Parachute Rigger, so in a couple of months, i'm off to Airborne School, then to Riggers School, HALO School. After i join up with my team with the 3bn/ 20th Special Forces Group then its off to sunny (classified) Will send up dates, pic's, and if i can get any headdown time with a static line,....
Feb 28, 2006, 5:56 PM
Post #20 of 59
Re: [totalbodypilot] I'm going to Airborne School!
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Thats right with 9159 jumps, i'm going to learn to jump & land the round parachute!
Landing will take on a whole new meaning under the military round.
If the HALO instructors offer you donuts at school, don't eat them. I was visiting the wind tunnel at the school a few years ago. Above an empty box of donuts outside the wind tunnel was a Polaroid of an instructor with a donut, presumably from the now consumed box, shoved up his arse.
There was a lot of soul searching going on after seeing that picture.
I have fond memories of my time spent at Airborne school. I went in 2002 as a ROTC cadet, one of 25 females in a class of 400. Allow me to offer some helpful advice:
1. Be prepared for your neck to hurt...a lot. While you are learning how to PLF you will spend an enormous time on your back in a gravel pit with your Kevlar helmet on and your head not allowed to touch the ground.
2. Don't go commando the days you are in the swing harness trainers. A lucky Marine learned this lesson the hard way when the leg straps caused a pants malfunction. He had to hang helplessly in the breeze with his junk hanging out while the Sergeants Airborne threw rocks at it.
3. Round parachutes enjoy the company of other round parachutes and trees. Be prepared to dance on your buddy's canopy. Also, the DZ is huge. If you are one of the first ones out the door, Anticipate landing about a mile away from the pickup point. At least it seemed like a mile away to a 125 lb. girl hauling a giant parachute, reserve, stuffed rucksack with one broken strap, and a weapon carrying case with a plywood board in it across a giant field.
4. Sergeants Airborne are crazy.
I have so many interesting stories to tell, so if you'd like me to share them with you, send me a message. Good luck and AIRBORNE!