US Army Airborne School
TSgt James J. Thede
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DIVE MED TECH
BASIC AIRBORNE COURSE CONTENT
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, and pass all PT requirements to go on to tower training week.
Tower Training (Week 2)
The individual skills learned during week one will be refined during tower week and a team effort or "mass exit" concept is added to the training. The apparatus used during this week are the swing lander trainer (SLT), suspended harness (SH), 250 foot free tower, and the wind machine. Week two completes the individual skill training and builds team effort skills. You must qualify on the mass exit procedures, the SLT, and pass all PT requirements to go forward to jump training week.
Jump Training (Week 3)
This is it! The previous weeks of training have prepared you for this week. If you are not ready to jump you will not enter this phase. Week three is devoted to your five qualifying jumps. Before you make your first jump you will receive a review of malfunctions and aircraft orientation and be organized and manifested for the jump. Unless restricted by the lack of jump aircraft or weather, graduation is normally conducted on Friday of week three at the Airborne Walk. Guests are welcome to observe jumps at Fryer Field, watch graduation, and participate in awarding the wings. On Friday morning your company will out-process and following graduation you should be allowed to depart.
AIRBORNE ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS
o Volunteer for the course.
o Be less than 36 years of age on the date of application. (Volunteers in the pay grade E5 and above may be considered for an age waiver when the examining medical officer recommends that such a waiver be granted. Medical age waivers must be submitted through the Commander, 1st Battalion [Airborne], 507th Infantry to the Assistant Commandant US Army Infantry School.)
o Physically qualify for parachute duty IAW AR 40-501.
o Pass the APFT with a score of 180 points (60 per event) using the 17-21 age scale.
o Upon arrival, complete a 4-mile run in formation within 36 minutes (9 minutes per mile).
Reporting to Airborne School: When you arrive to attend the Basic Airborne Course (BAC), report to the S1 (Student Accountability), 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry Regiment, Building 2748, Fort Benning, GA 31905.
o Wear a seasonal duty uniform.
o Meet grooming standards outlined in AR 670-1.
o Arrive not later than 1000 hours on your class report date (usually Friday) and possess the following documents:
1. Ten copies of orders/DA Form 1610 with fund cite assigning or attaching service member to the 507th for airborne training.
2. A physical examination form taken not more than 12 months before the class start date. To be valid, block 5 of Standard Form (SF) 88 must indicate that the purpose of the examination is for airborne training. Block 77 of SF 88 must state that the volunteer is "qualified for airborne training." Volunteers who are over 35 years of age must have an EKG and medical age waiver with their physical exam.
3. DA Form 705, Army Physical Readiness Test Score Card. The test must have been administered not more than 30 days prior to the date of application.
4. Finance records. Only volunteers who are reporting to the BAC in a PCS status or attending the training TDY en route to another duty station must report with their finance records. All other BAC volunteers are not required to do so.
Inprocessing will be conducted within the company area by the designated company. At 1200 hours on the class report date (Friday) no more students will be accepted to allow inprocessing to begin promptly at 1300. Personnel who arrive after 1200 hours will be placed in the next class. The Fill Company will direct the inprocessing sequence of events to include: adjutant general, finance, transportation, room assignments, equipment issue, and platoon/squad assignments. Inprocessing will last about four hours. Students should not expect to be released earlier than 1700.
o Military identification card
o Identification tags with long and short chains
o Military eyeglasses, if required (2 pair) NOTE: Civilian glass are not authorized. Contact lenses are not authorized for use in field (dirty or dusty) environments by AR 40-5, Preventive Medicine and AR 40-63, Ophthalmic Services. Therefore, contact lenses of any type are not to be worn during the BAC.
o BDUs with appropriate insignia, name tapes, and branch tapes (minimum three sets).
o Web belts (2).
o Buckle, subdued.
o BDU cap.
o Standard issue combat boots, broken in and highly shined (two pair)
NOTE: Jungle boots and boots with toe and heel caps are not authorized for wear by BAC students.
o Civilian running shoes.
o Brown undershirts or service authorized undershirts (5).
o Undershorts (5).
o Cushion-soled socks (5).
o Boot shining gear.
o Towels (3).
o Washcloths (3).
o Heavy-duty key padlocks (2).
o Appropriate civilian attire (limited amount).
NOTE: During the winter season (October to March), US Army personnel must provide their own gloves, pile cap, and field jacket with liner. USMC, USN, and USAF personnel are authorized to wear Gortex-lined waterproof parkas instead of the issue field jacket.
o Each student should bring enough funds ($100 to $200) to defray personal expenses.
Billet space will be provided within the company barracks for all enlisted personnel (E1 through E7). Bachelor quarters for officers and NCOs (E8 and E9) in a TDY status are available on a limited basis for about $17 per night. The post guest house facilities are only available for PCS status (in/out) personnel.
Soldiers receive meals in one of the two battalion dining facilities (DFAC): Normandy and Rhineland Regimental Messes. Student officers may also eat in the DFAC. During jump week, officers are required to eat all meals in the DFAC.
All organizational equipment required for airborne training (helmet, poncho and canteen) is issued by the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry.
The S1, 1/507th (ABN) Infantry maintains a roster of all personnel in training. It is recommended that only emergency mail be sent while attending Airborne School. Therefore, before arrival at Fort Benning and being assigned to a company, you may have your mail addressed to:
(Your Name), (Your SSN)
Headquarters, 1st BN (ABN), 507th IN REGT
Benning, GA 31905
Upon arrival and assignment, you may substitute your assigned company to further expedite mail delivery.
Leave during the course are only granted for valid emergencies. Emergency leave must first be approved by the Battalion Commander and then processed by the company. Valid emergencies may be transmitted to Fort Benning's Red Cross representative. The operating hours and phone numbers are:
Monday thru Friday 0800 to 1700 After hours and on weekends 1700 to 0800
(706) 545-5194 or (706) 682-0080 (706) 545-2118
During non-duty hours, you are normally free to travel within a 50-mile radius of Fort Benning without a valid leave form. You must return well rested and on time for company-designated formations. Travel outside a 50-mile radius requires an approved leave/pass granted by the Battalion Commander.