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Any Army Paratroopers on here?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Detectorist, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Detectorist

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    Tad higher is a tad of an understatement. :)
     
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    My Dad was a Paratrooper back when it was a bit different. He was very proud to have attended "Paratrooper" School rather than "Airborne" School.
    He explained like all old Soldiers they did it differently in the early 50's and were a lot tougher.
     
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    Not real big on physics, so I will ask a dumb question. Will he slow down the lower he gets?
     
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    No offense to him, but they are still called "paratroopers" and he attended "Airborne" school and wore a tab over his unit patch that said "AIRBORNE" just like today. It has been called "Airborne" school since 1946 and "Paratrooper" has never been used in the name.

    I went back when it was called the 1st Airborne Training Battalion (although Wikipedia says it was called "The School Brigade" then - never heard it called that and it's not on my certificate) and the companies were numbered, instead of lettered. I was in 43rd company.
     
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    Why does every generation say this about previous generations...
     
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    Man, his static line has to be incredibly long :whistling:

    When I was in, there were 5 jump chumps that wore the wings and an AIRBORNE tab. Then there were the "paratroopers" in the 82nd, the 75th Ranger Reg, etc. Its still a valid distinction if you ask me.
     
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    I just did my 5. Not enough to get comfortable with it.
     
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    one hour before live jump
     
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    That is true - if you haven't served in an airborne unit, you are just "airborne qualified" not a "paratrooper." However, you don't wear an "airborne tab" - it's part of the unit patch of airborne units, not an individual tab like Ranger/Sapper/SF and President's Hundred. So the guys who are not assigned to airborne units better not be wearing one.
     
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    How is every generation less tough than the previous generation? I guess we should define "tough". And how do these differences relate to paratroopers?
     
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    There is no doubt in my mind that the present day Airborne course is much easier than when I went though it.
     
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    Every generation has things less tough than the ones preceding them. Not necessarily referring to a specific course; every day life.

    Throuhg time, survival has become more easy.

    Is the current AIRBORNE training easier or harder than ten, twenty, fifty years ago? The only way to know, for sure, is to have the same person go through both courses without knowledge of the other course and while in the same mental and physical condition while entering the course.