Military Freefall Parachutist
Course duration: 4 Weeks
TO TRAIN ACTIVE OR RESERVE COMPONENT COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS NONCOMMISSIONED
OFFICERS, AND ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY SERVICES, SELECT STUDENTS OF FOREIGN
ALLIED COUNTRIES, AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL.
FREE-FALL PARACHUTE GROUND TRAINING; BODY STABILIZATION (MFF SIMULATOR), MC-4 RAM-AIR PARACHUTE
SYSTEM (RAPS) FAMILIARIZATION AND PACKING, AIRCRAFT PROCEDURES, BASIC CANOPY CONTROL, EMERGENCY
PROCEDURES WHILE CONDUCTING MILITARY FREE-FALL OPERATIONS, OXYGEN EQUIPMENT AND PROCEDURES FOR HIGH
ALTITUDE OPERATIONS, COMBAT EQUIPMENT RIGGING (RUCKSACK AND WEAPON), GROUPING TECHNIQUES AND HAHO
OPERATIONS TECHNIQUES. THROUGH APPLIED APPLICATION THE STUDENT WILL UTILIZE THE DIVE AND POISED
EXIT TECHNIQUES AS INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WITH/WITHOUT COMBAT EQUIPMENT/PORTABLE BAILOUT OXYGEN
SYSTEM DURING BOTH DAY AND NIGHT/LIMITED VISIBILITY OPERATIONS AS PART OF A
Product Produced: Commissioned officers, warrant officers, and enlisted personnel of the United States
military services and personnel of foreign countries who are qualified military free-fall
Prerequisites: Active or Reserve component commissioned officers, warrant officers, or
enlisted personnel of the Department of Defense, and selected students of foreign allied countries.
Must be a graduate of a Fort Benning recognized military static-line course IAW AR 614-200, Chapter
11 (must have 9 months of service remaining upon graduation). Must possess a current HALO physical
examination IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 5, paragraph 8, and report with complete medical records, to
include the original HALO examination, (physical must be within 2 years of the course graduation
date to be considered current) and a current Physiological Training Record Must possess a current
physiological training card (chamber card from either the U.S. Air Force, Navy, or Army). Must meet
the US Army height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9. Students body weight must not exceed 240
1. All students reporting for in processing must have: Any necessary
waivers, their complete medical records (with original HALO physical), a current physiological
training card or record (either Air Force, Navy, or Army), and six copies of orders attaching them
to Company B, 2d Battalion, 1st SWTG(A), for the purpose of attending the MFFPC. Students that
report without these documents will not enter training.
Organization/unit surgeons will base their determination of a soldier's
medical qualification/disqualification on AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness (1 May 1989),
Interim Change No. 101 to AR 40-501 (1 October 1991), and the USAJFKSWCS Memorandum, "Requirements
for Completing Physical Examinations for USAJFKSWC Schools, " (1 March 1995).
*Soldiers requesting waivers for disqualifying conditions will submit their
physical examinations along with a memorandum requesting the waiver (not later than 30 days
prior to the class start date) through the USASOC Medical Training Division for delivery to
USAJFKSWCS (where waivers are considered). The address for the USASOC Training Division
Ft. Bragg, NC 28310
* Waivers must be approved in writing prior to the start
2. Prior to reporting to the MFFPC, students must ensure that all dental,
medical, administrative, and personnel actions are completed or rescheduled for a future date
(after graduation). Company B will not release students during the conduct of the course except for
3. Company B headquarters is in Building 305 at Yuma Proving Ground
(YPG), Arizona. During the first week of training, the headquarters contingent is in Building
D-1209 Military Free-fall Simulator (Vertical Wind Tunnel [VWT]) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at
the intersection of Gruber and Mosby Street, (west of Gruber and Reilly Rd.).
4. Students must report to the VWT not later than 1700 on the report
date listed in the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS).
5. During training at YPG, AZ quartered in government facilities. No
reservations are necessary, and room assignments are made prior to arrival at YPG. Statements of
nonavailability will not be issued.
6. Orders to the MFFPC must state that government quarters are
available at Fort Bragg for $32 per day single occupancy or $20.50 per day double occupancy and at
YPG for $12 per day. Government mess facilities are not always available because of the training
schedule. The use of government mess facilities adversely affects the performance of the
mission. Government mess is not available at YPG, Arizona. There are eating establishments on
YPG within 1/4 mile from billeting. The nearest town is Yuma which is 30 miles
7. National Guard MFFP student orders should read "report to Fort
Bragg, North Carolina, to Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and return to home station."
8. Orders must state the temporary duty (TDY) itinerary is
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and return to home stations or next
duty assignment. This facilitates funding the individuals return tickets, especially those
individuals on TDY en route to their next duty assignment. Students should not make reservations or
pickup return tickets prior to in processing the school, reservations for departure from the school
will be made by the training detachment once graduation date/time has been established.
9. Students on separate rations or per diem 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 departure from
their parent unit.
10. Company B will extend class dates to achieve course graduation
standards in the event academic requirements are not met because of adverse weather conditions or
air scheduling conflicts. Students will remain in the course until the rescheduled graduation
dates or return to their parent units without qualification. Students will not make return
travel arrangements until the actual graduation dates have been established. *Students
will not be allowed to graduate early because of unit deployment, follow-on TDY/temporary
additional duty, or travel arrangements locked in prior to the graduation date.
*All students are responsible for providing their own transportation (taxi) from
YPG to Yuma airport after graduation. (Approx cost $40.00). Transportation for all
training will be provided by Company B.
Packing List: Students will
bring the following uniforms and equipment:
2 sets of their duty uniform (i.e., battle dress uniform [BDU], utilities,
2 sets of headgear (BDU or utility cap with rank and insignia)
5 brown T-shirts*
5 pairs of black nylon running shorts
5 pairs of olive drab socks
1 set of the gray Army physical training uniform or sister service equivalent.
*T-shirts will not have logos on them. Students will wear unit issue sweat suits during the
Military-type gloves IAW FM 31-19 (flight gloves or black issue are acceptable).
Recommend that during the cold weather months gloves have good insulation without sacrificing
2 pair of black combat boots or jungle boots (lace through eyelet type) that meet the standards
outlined in AR 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia are acceptable. Boots with
open-hook eyelets are unacceptable for wear.
During the conduct of the course, students will be issued jumpsuits, goggles,
helmet, parachute, altimeter, and related equipment. Students may bring parent issued helmet and
oxygen mask to the school but they are subject to approval or disapproval for student use.
General Weekly schedule:
Week one begins with the usual Army drill of In-processing, weigh-in, equipmentissue, etc. You are assigned an instructor and a jump buddy (about yoursame height and weight so you fall at about the same rate). Your instructorstays with you the whole time. You learn all about the ram air parachute, emergency procedures, rigging procedures, repack procedures, etc. You dotable drills to learn how to fall properly and stable, and also get intothe hanging harness to practice emergency procedures (malfunctions, cutaways, entanglements, etc.). You also cover jump commands and the oxygen system. Then the fun begins! First, you get into the wind tunnel. This is a massivefan that blow at speeds up to 150mph...it actually lifts you and supportsyou in the air to simulate freefall! You go through all the ep's, and youfine tune your body position.
Week two through four Jump, Jump, Jump...and you will also jump. From here on out it is pretty much all jumping.You begin by exiting at 10000ft with no equipment, to exiting at 25000ftwith full equipment and oxygen. You must remain stable, pull at the designatedaltitude (+/- 200ft), and land within 25m of the group leader. If the weatheris good, you get to do a lot of jumps (including HAHO). High Altitude HighOpening jumps are jumps where you exit at say...13000ft and 5 seconds laterdeploy your chute. You then glide 5-10 kilometers (a lot more dependingon exit altitude and winds) to the target...quite a ride! Graduation consistsof equipment turn in, diplomas and paperwork, and the requisite class party.Definitely a pretty fun school.
You make at least 14 freefall jumps at MFF (HALO) school, which is at Ft. Bragg, NC. That is a ram-air"square" parachute. You use the square ram-air canopies for free-falljumping, not normally for static line, but the MC-5 can be rigged for SL.With a round, you can jump with a little more equipment, but you hit harderand it is not nearly as maneuverable. With the ram-air, it is more likea wing; you can steer it where you want it to go to a certain degree althoughyou can't jump with quite as much weight. Of course, you manually deploythe parachute by ripcord on the freefall jumps, usually around 3500ft, rather than it being extracted by a static-line. Except for water jumps, all jumpers are equipped with automatic opening devices designed to deploythe chute should the jumper be incapacitated, or otherwise unable to deployhis own canopy.