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Old 03-30-2012, 05:33 AM   #81
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retiredjumper, maybe you can give some insight on this-- is the "41" or "52" club a real thing with the black hats or is it something that people who were booted for the pt test made up to make themselves feel better? Just curious

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:31 AM   #82
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Haven't heard anything about the Club, be it seems clear to me that instructors would use the term to comply with policies while still showing their disdain for failure. But you need to understand that they have to fail many people simply because there's max course limit. Eg.. while I was there max size was 420 , in most courses we would encounter 500. In summer courses when the ROTC kids would show it could be over 600. This would require cadre to conduct serious weeding.
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Hey guys, you can worry someone with all the takl of injury. I plan on getting airborne soon, submitted a Ranger packet last week. I will get Airborne regardless and I can not wait for it.
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Haven't heard anything about the Club, be it seems clear to me that instructors would use the term to comply with policies while still showing their disdain for failure. But you need to understand that they have to fail many people simply because there's max course limit. Eg.. while I was there max size was 420 , in most courses we would encounter 500. In summer courses when the ROTC kids would show it could be over 600. This would require cadre to conduct serious weeding.
My class was lucky. I got there in April and my once everyone signed in we had like 350 I think, quite a few legitamitally failed the PT test... Dunno how its the easiest thing ever.. But I don't think the Black Hats actually intentionally failed anyone due to the fact our class was so small. Ended up graduating exactly 300 paratroopers though.
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My class was lucky. I got there in April and my once everyone signed in we had like 350 I think, quite a few legitamitally failed the PT test... Dunno how its the easiest thing ever.. But I don't think the Black Hats actually intentionally failed anyone due to the fact our class was so small. Ended up graduating exactly 300 paratroopers though.
With the numbers that low the goal would most likely be to graduate everyone, who met the standards.
How do you like Ft Rich, we still want to move back there. Best assignment I had, the jumps were sweet. PT could be brutal, pulling that Damn awkeo (how ever ya spell it) in snow shoes. I sucked at skiing with the issue skis, grab! Walking back from Malemute dz was a Bitch in snowshoes. Beer and halibut was breakfast of champions.
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With the numbers that low the goal would most likely be to graduate everyone, who met the standards.
How do you like Ft Rich, we still want to move back there. Best assignment I had, the jumps were sweet. PT could be brutal, pulling that Damn awkeo (how ever ya spell it) in snow shoes. I sucked at skiing with the issue skis, grab! Walking back from Malemute dz was a Bitch in snowshoes. Beer and halibut was breakfast of champions.
Fort Rich was a cool assignment, and I look forward to going back to Anchorage. I think it would be a blast in your day to day life or an extended vacation, but I can't say I truly enjoyed playing Army up there. Soft landings in the snow were great, but hard landings on ice were brutal.
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With the numbers that low the goal would most likely be to graduate everyone, who met the standards.
How do you like Ft Rich, we still want to move back there. Best assignment I had, the jumps were sweet. PT could be brutal, pulling that Damn awkeo (how ever ya spell it) in snow shoes. I sucked at skiing with the issue skis, grab! Walking back from Malemute dz was a Bitch in snowshoes. Beer and halibut was breakfast of champions.
I love Fort Rich... I got there back in '10 right as the BDE was redeploying. Especially after being stationed at Drum for 3 years Rich is like heaven lol always something to do around Anchorage.
Malmute ain't that bad of a DZ, except when your close to the end of the chalk and get stuck on the other side of the DZ in the middle of winter thats when it starts to suck lol
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:24 PM   #88
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:44 PM   #89
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Been on jump status for 12 years and a JM since 2003. Being a Paratrooper/JM has been one of the most gratifying things I have ever done. I would recommend anyone in the military to get to jump school if they can.
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10 jumps here, working on getting to 15-20 jumps before dropping my white slip paper work. Been in service for 4 years, 2 of them ABN status (only 1 year jumping due to deployment). Zero regrets going ABN!
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:57 AM   #91
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Graduated Airborne School in June 2009.....My commander broke his back when they jumped in high winds....Luckily I did'nt have to jump that day. Oh and "hands across America" on the DZ because some guy thought he lost his NVG's when in reality he never brought them.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:13 PM   #92
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:45 AM   #93
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Wanted to go Airborne when I joined in '83. Told my recruiter that after basic and AIT I might be sick of training and could I decide to go after AIT, he said nooo problem! After I graduated I figured how much worse could four more weeks of training be after all I had been through so far, and so I asked if I could sign up for jump school. They laughed at me and said I would have needed to sign up when I first joined! After I got back home I looked for that recruiter but he was long gone. Missing out on that turned out to be my life's biggest single regret. I ended up jumping after I left the Army but it wasn't the same as earning that patch.
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Any fellow lawn darts have a good recommendation for a good helmet cam. I want to start recording my jumps.
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Ya that's one of the two I was choosing from. The go pro and the contour. I just don't know how sturdy the contour mount would be
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Ya that's one of the two I was choosing from. The go pro and the contour. I just don't know how sturdy the contour mount would be
You here at bragg? If so maybe I can get you aloaner go pro to try out
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i have 26 jumps under my belt. my penis almost got sliced in half a few times from the harness and i never oce had a soft landing. i always hit like a sack of bricks.
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i have 26 jumps under my belt. my penis almost got sliced in half a few times from the harness and i never oce had a soft landing. i always hit like a sack of bricks.
Yikes!!! You are doing something wrong....
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