Baylor Bears Fly High!

May 12, 2010
Congratulation and good luck go out to BU Army ROTC cadets: Cadet Ryan B. Bucknam left, Cadet Jake Dahms center and Cadet Brian Crookshank right who were selected to attend the US Army's Basic Airborne Course (BAC) at Fort Benning GA. for static line parachute training this summer for their military school.
BU cadets will be assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry Regiment who is given the responsibility to conduct the U.S. Army Airborne School. Their Airborne School instructors are the world renowned "Jumpmaster Black hats" and are from the US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy and US Air Force. They train students in the use of static line deployed parachutes. The 1st Battalion, 507th is organized into six companies: Headquarters and Headquarters Company for administrative actions and command and control; four Line Companies (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta) to execute the BAC Program of Instruction (POI) and Company (Echo) provides parachute rigger support. Students are trained by the same Platoon Sergeants, Section Sergeants, and Squad Leaders for all three phases of training, (Ground, Tower, and Jump). The execution of this teaching philosophy strengthens unit cohesion, discipline, and supervision while providing quality paratroopers throughout the force.
Before students can begin their training, they must first pass their first obstacle, the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). The APFT is used by the Basic Airborne Course (BAC) to ensure Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines meet minimum physical fitness requirements necessary to successfully complete Airborne training. In order to enter the course, the prospective student MUST score a MINIMUM of 60% on the lowest age group scale. This equates to 42 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, and a 15:54 or faster on the 2-mile run for males and 19 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, and an 18:54 or faster on the 2-mile run for females students.
During Ground Week, you begin an intensive program of instruction to build individual airborne skills, which will prepare you to make a parachute jump, and land safely. You will train on the mock airplane door, the 34 foot (10 meter) tower, and the lateral drift apparatus (LDA). To go forward to Tower Training Week, you must individually qualify on the 34 foot (10 meter) tower, the LDA, and pass all PT requirements.
The individual skills learned during Ground Week are refined during Tower Week and team effort or "mass exit" concept is added to the training. The apparatus used this week are the 34-foot towers, the swing landing trainer (SLT), the mock airplane door for mass exit training, the suspended harness, and the 250-foot (76 meter) free tower. Tower Week completes your individual skill training and builds team effort skills. To go forward to Jump Training Week you must qualify on the SLT, master the mass exit procedures from the 34-foot (10 meter) tower, and pass all PT requirements.
Successful completion of the two previous weeks of training prepares you for Jump Week.
During Jump Week students must successfully complete five parachute jumps, at 1,250 feet from a C-130 or C-141 aircraft. Trainees must run to the air field, conduct pre-jump training, and then get into their harnesses and await their turn to jump. Generally, two of the jumps are "combat equipment jumps", in which the jumper carries a ruck sack and a dummy weapon. Three jumps are "hollywood", in that the jumper only wears the parachute and reserve. One jump is at night, although, during training cycles where Jump Week falls on a three day week (due to a Federal holiday), a night jump is not mandatory to graduate.
Graduation is normally conducted at 0900 on Friday of Jump Week at the south end of Eubanks Field on the Airborne Walk. If weather or some other reason delays the scheduled jumps, graduation may be conducted on Fryar Drop Zone (DZ) after the last jump.
Guests and family members are welcome to observe all of the jumps at the DZ, attend the graduation ceremony, and participate in awarding the wings. Guests and family members may qualify for billeting privileges at the Gavin House on Fort Benning. They can determine their billeting eligibility by calling the Fort Benning Billeting Office at (706) 689-0067.
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