To be eligible for award of the basic Parachutist Badge, an individual must have performed one of the following:
- Satisfactory completion of the prescribed proficiency tests while assigned or attached to an airborne unit or the Airborne Department of the Infantry School.
- Participated in at least one combat parachute jump as follows:
As a member of an organized force carrying out an assigned tactical mission for which the unit was credited with an airborne assault landing by the theater commander.
While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.
While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Senior Parachutist Badge
To be eligible for the Senior Parachutist Badge, an individual must have been rated excellent in character and efficiency and have met the following requirements:
Participated in a minimum of 30 jumps including fifteen jumps with combat equipment to consist of normal TOE equipment including individual weapon carried in combat whether the jump was in actual or simulated combat. In cases of simulated combat the equipment will include water, rations (actual or dummy), ammunition (actual or dummy), and other essential items necessary to sustain an individual in combat. Two night jumps must also be made during the hours of darkness (regardless of time of day with respect to sunset) one of which will be as jumpmaster of a stick. In addition, two mass tactical jumps which culminate in an airborne assault problem with either a unit equivalent to a battalion or larger; a separate company battery; or an organic staff of regimental size or larger. The soldier must fill a position commensurate with his or her rank or grade during the problem.
Either graduated from the Jumpmaster Course of the Airborne Department of the Infantry School or the Jumpmaster School of a separate airborne battalion or larger airborne unit, or infantry divisions and separate infantry brigades containing organic airborne elements, including the United States Army Alaska (USARAK) Jumpmaster Course or served as jumpmaster on one or more combat jumps or as a jumpmaster on 15 non combat jumps.
Have served on jump status with an airborne unit or other organizations authorized parachutists for a total of at least 24 months.
Master Parachutist Badge
To be eligible for the Master Parachutist Badge, an individual must have been rated excellent in character and efficiency and have met the following requirements:
Participated in a minimum of 65 jumps including twenty-five jumps with combat equipment to consist of normal TOE equipment, including individual weapon carried by the individual in combat whether the jump was in actual or simulated combat. In cases of simulated combat the equipment will include water rations (actual or dummy), ammunition (actual or dummy), and other essential items necessary to sustain an individual in combat. Four night jumps must also be made during the hours of darkness, one as jumpmaster of a stick. Five mass tactical jumps must be made which culminate in an airborne assault problem with a unit equivalent to a battalion or larger; a separate company/battery; or an organic staff of regimental size or larger. The individual must fill a position commensurate with their rank or grade during the problem.
Either graduated from the Jumpmaster Course of the Airborne Department of the Infantry School or the Jumpmaster School of a separate airborne battalion or larger airborne unit, or infantry divisions and separate infantry brigades containing organic airborne elements, including the U.S. Army Alaska Jumpmaster Course, or served as jumpmaster on one or more combat jumps or as jumpmaster on 33 noncombat jumps.
Have served on jump status with an airborne unit or other organization authorized parachutists for a total of 36 months (may be non-consecutive).
The 25 combat equipment jumps you need for the Master Parachutist Badge must be from a Static Line.
TO TRAIN SELECTED SOF, DOD AND FOREIGN PERSONNEL AS ADVANCED MILITARY FREE-FALL PARACHUTISTS
SCOPE: ADVANCED FREE-FALL SKILLS
USE OF NON-STANDARD PARACHUTE EQUIPMENT
POTENTIAL NEW TRAINING (TANDEM, MC-5, ETC)
Noncommissioned officers assigned as military free-fall parachute instructors to the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School who are qualified in military free-fall evaluation jumps using a standard parachute system (e.g., MC-4, MT1-XX, etc.), free-fall simulator training and evaluation, air skills evaluation using nonstandard parachute equipment, and an on-the-job training phase. Personnel from other SF Operational units may also attend. They will return to their unit a more skilled and competent MFF Jumper and Jumpmaster. This is not a MFF Instructor producing course. Upon completion, soldiers are classed as an Instructor Candidate and must complete 3 months of evaluated OJT with actual students.
- Prior to reporting to the AMFFPC, students must ensure that all dental, medical administrative, and personnel actions are completed or rescheduled for a future date (after graduation). Company B, 2d Battalion, 1st SWTG(A), will not release students during the conduct of the course except for an emergency.
- Company B headquarters is in Building 305 at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), Arizona,
DSN 899-3636/3661 or commercial (520) 328-3636/3661.
- Students must report for inprocessing to Company B, Building 305 (conference room), not later than 0645 on the actual class start day. However, students may report two days prior to the class start date if desired. Personnel arriving prior to the class start date will report to the Company B operations office for room assignments. Company B will assign rooms as students arrive at YPG. No reservations are necessary. Company B will not issue statements of nonavailability. Students should call Company B operations prior to their arrival to confirm their inprocessing schedule and to receive any special instructions.
- Students reporting for inprocessing must have their complete medical records (with original HALO physical), a current panorex dental X-ray, and five copies of orders attaching them to Company B, 2d Battalion, 1st SWTG(A), for the purpose of attending the AMFFPC. Students who report without their medical records and orders will not enter training. Students will also report with service dictated jump records (i.e. Da 1307, USASOC 1099, AF 922, proof of currency and jumps).
- U.S. Army students must bring a copy of DA Form 2A/2-1 or DA Form 2B/2-1.
- Orders to the AMFFPC must state that government quarters are available at YPG for $8 per day. Government mess facilities are not available. There are commercial eating establishments on YPG within 1/4 mile from billeting. The nearest town is Yuma which is 25 miles away.
- Students on separate rations or per diem and will provide for their own meals during training. Company B, 2d Battalion, 1st SWTG(A), will not issue meal cards.
- Students with meal cards must arrange for separate rations or per diem prior to departing from their parent unit.
- Company B will extend class dates to achieve course graduation standards if academic requirements are not met because of adverse weather conditions or air scheduling conflicts. Students must stay until the rescheduled graduation dates or return to their parent units without qualification. Students will not make return travel arrangements until actual graduation dates have been set. Students will not graduate early because of unit deployment, follow-on temporary duty/temporary additional duty, or travel arrangements locked in prior to the graduation date.
Special operations forces noncommissioned officers of the Active component of the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School who are qualified and current military free-fall jumpmasters assigned to a military free-fall coded position. Must be a senior E-6 or junior E-7 with no more than 12 years of military service. Must posses a current high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) physical examination IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 5, paragraph 5-5, within three years prior to class date. Must possess a current physiological training card (Chamber Card, AF Form 1274). Must report with complete medical records and chamber card on day of inprocessing.
Instructions in AR 40-501, Chapter 8, paragraph 8-26C, should be initiated NLT 45 days prior to reporting date.
Priority of attendance is USAJFKSWCS military free-fall instructors, with slots available to USASFC operational NCOs if course is not filled.
Prerequisite, readmission, or medical waivers from Commander, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), must be in hand at inprocessing
The following items are required for training attendance to the Advanced Military Free-Fall Parachutist Course:
- UDT shorts or black PT shorts (5 pr).
- Brown T-shirts (5 pr).
- Helmet w/goggles and communications (Gentex, Bunny, or motorcycle).
- Jump suit (black) or flight suit.
- Gloves, flight or leather.
- Gates, gloves (if available).
- Boots, assault, jungle, or danner (1 pr).
- HALO rucksack harness with attaching straps and lowering line.
- Knee pads (optional).
- Rucksack with frame.
- BDU’s with rank, patches, and insignia (2 pr).
- BDU cap and beret (1 ea).
- ID card.
- ID tags.
- Current chamber card.
- Current HALO physical (within last two years).
- Current copy of certified jump record.
- Emergency signal kit (shotgun pouch w/signal mirror, whistle, 1/4 VS-17 panel, strobe light, and compass).
- Oxygen mask.
Additional items for winter months:
- Poly-pro (medium and/or lightweight).
- Sweat suit (unit or military issue only, black preferred).
- Jump suit liner (for HAHO training).