|3rd WEEK OF TRAINING
The next week of training was our jump week. Prior to starting this week of training, we were given an orientation on the nomenclature and functioning of our T-10 assembly and the procedure to be used in the fitting and inspection of our parachutes. I was also told and shown how I was to wear my combat pack. During this week, I had to make five (5) jumps from an aircraft in flight to qualify as a parachutist. All jumps are made from an altitude of 1250 feet. The jumps differ too, in the number of men exiting at one time and the manner in which they exit. The first two jumps are an individual tap-out. A tap-out jump is one in which each man is tapped and given the command to "go" prior to exit. The remainder of the jumps are mass exits. A mass exit is one in which the first man is tapped and given the command to "go" and the others follow without further commands.
The reserve parachute is inspected to insure that it is properly fastened to the main lift web, that the rip cord grip is free in its pocket, and that thr rigger's seal is intact.
|Airborne All The Way|