Saturday, October 17, 2015

Skydiving in the Military (part 2 of 2)

Soldiers who are deployed in this manner have to attend schooling just like regular skydivers. A good  example is the US Army’s Military Freefall Parachutist School in Arizona. Most soldiers spend about 5 weeks here where an instructor will teach them how to use their equipment.

The program that they go through includes aerial maneuvers, air sense, in air instruction focusing and parachute operating procedures. Each student gets a minimum of 30 freefall jumps including 2 day and 2 night jumps with oxygen equipment and field gear. Once they finish the program, they are now certified skydivers.

People who have retired from the military can teach amateurs and experienced skydivers alike how this is done. With their training, it will be easy for them to adjust and apply a few techniques which are not taught in skydiving centers that could make it safer for them during their next jump.

Military skydiving helped make recreational diving what it is today. Without the lessons learned here, no one will be able to do this for fun so we have to be thankful that there are a few things used in warfare that can be used for peaceful means.

Skydiving is just one example which is probably why there are more than 2 million skydivers in the US and this does not include people who just try it once. You also won’t have a hard time finding a skydiving center since most of these are open all year round.

Is skydiving fun? The answer is yes and with indoor wind tunnels, even those who are scared of heights can feel what it is like to fly.

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