If you are talking about jumping rounds (T-7s or T-10s) in the military, it goes something like this. You are packed into an aircraft with 63 other jumpers in a C130 or 143 jumpers in C141. You have a 35 pound of chute on your back and a 12 pound reserve on front. If you are jumping equipment, than add anywhere between 30 to 120 pounds to you. Don’t forget the helmet that was in no way designed for parachute operations! Also, the sardine can (the aircraft) is doing a low altitude run and it only takes one jumper to start getting everyone sick!
Once you stand up (10 mins out!) and the door opens, it is like pure haven. That nice fresh air hits you and it also means you are mostly likely going out! Up to this point took you about 8 to 10 hours. Also, remember that equipment I wrote about. It is pulling on your lower back the entire time you are standing. My back hurts just thinking about it.
Then you hear the (if in the front) those blessed words. “Stand in the Door” and then thirty seconds later “Go” and the train starts to move! The energy of everyone is just staggering! It is truly an awesome experience.
Once you step out the door, all is right with the world. You are now at peace (as long as you counted to four and you have a chute over your head) with the world. That god awful weight is off your shoulders and lower back, and it is so quite!!! I never understood how it could be so quite! The plane you just stepped out of for your 800 foot decent is maybe 300 to 400 yards away once you have a chute over your head. Hell there may be another plane right above you. We talk about landing patterns! I would just pray a lot and hope no one hits me.
But the little piece of heaven only last a few seconds as you realize you are heading towards the earth and you got about 30 seconds! So you look down and hope there is nothing under you. That is if you are luckily and it is a day jump. Most jumps are done at night. So at 200 ft you release your ruck and other heavy equipment and get prepared to do a good parachute landing fall. If you don’t do a good PLF, you most likely will break an ankle. Then 10 seconds later you slam into the ground at the wonderful speed of 22 to 24 feet per second! Plus whatever the wind is moving you at.
Then you have the one other bad news. You usually don’t get to go drink beer afterwards since you will be out in the woods for a few days to a week!
That is why airborne school is three very intense weeks.
Also, don’t forget what paratroopers say about skydiving.
I don’t care how many skydives you have. Until you've stepped out the door of an airplane into complete darkness at 800’ with 120 lbs of combat equipment and 42 pounds of parachute, you are just a F&*king LEG!