All checked in to Airborne School!

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All checked in to Airborne School!

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After inprocessing for two days (Thursday and Friday) I'm finally good to go! We've had the weekend off so I've just been relaxing and organizing all of my gear. I'm not gonna get used to the relaxed enviornment, I can't imagine what would happen if I say "clear Sergeant" to a RIP Cadre member :shock:

We have another PT test Monday morning which I'm not worried about, but I still always get a little anxious before any PT test. Once the PT test is over, I'll be going over daily to the new $6 million gym a few blocks down the road.

Within minutes of getting off the bus at Airborne, a RIP Liason spoke to all of the guys with RIP contracts. It was really motivating to here what he had to say. Even though he was border line encouraging, over 15 guys dropped there RIP contracts :o I can't even begin to imagine why...

The freedom here is nice, but a lot of people are abusing it, I'm making sure that I don't. I still know what I have to do in just a few weeks, and I'm staying focused on that. Other than that, I'm gonna stay very attentive to what the Sgt. Airbornes' have to say so I don't get injured on a jump. It's funny being here, all of the advice I've gotten from this site has been spot on. This site is my only reliable source for information around here. The PNN is rampant, but I find a lot of humor in it!
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PS, I picked up a pair of sorbothane insoles http://www.sorbothane.com/insoles.php
for my summer boots. I figured it would help with bone jarring impacts of the incredibly slow jogging we've been doing here. They were suggested by a Drill Sergeant I had who was Special Forces. Any word on if these are authorized at RIP? Thanks!
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whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?"
-Psalm 27:1

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XCrunner wrote:Any word on if these are authorized at RIP? Thanks!
I doubt that anyone is gonna be looking inside your smelly boots......but who knows? Glad to hear that you're avoiding the whole V-Drive thing. Smart move. Jump School is really kind of a fun break from the other training, or at least I thought it was. Stay up to snuff on your PT, and stay focused. You'll be wearing some Wings pretty soon. :wink:

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Good SITREP. Keep focused on your training and stay in touch here. Never, never quit!
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Good sitrep. Good to see that you're rocking right on, unlike some members here who are on a three week hold.

"watch out for that first step, it's a doozy"
If you get past the 34' tower, the rest is a breeze. On the 34' tower, keep those eyes on the horizon to defeat the fear-of-heights monster. That's the only time you might have to man up, and after you've done it once, your only fear is of the bruising on your crotch from the leg straps - so try to get every evolution right the first time! No opening shock is near as hard as the end of slack on that damn tower.

Jumping is no sweat. With 68-90 other almost-paratroopers on the plane, you won't have the guts to be the one chickenshit who unhooks and sits down.

The PJs have a saying that might inspire you during RIP: "They might kill you, but they can't eat you".
Enjoy your time as a private while this is still 'fun'. The responsibility that goes with stripes is tougher than the smokings you'll be subject to a few months from now.
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So far so good. Airborne is a blast. You are actually getting paid to learn how to fall out of an airplane.
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Rangers,

34' tower done! It wasn't too bad at all. I didn't even think about the shock of the drop until I read what my mentor Ranger K.Ingraham said above! I read it the night before too! Got a little riser burn on my neck on one of the jumps, but didn't even notice it until I looked in a mirror that night.

Today we did PLF's. I had some trouble on them for the first half of the day, but after lunch chow I was able to nail PLF after PLF. I came away with a headache and a sore body though. :lol: PLF practice was sort of fun, but very taxing on the body. Still, I'll be more than happy to keep training on them because when it comes time to jump, I'm sure I'll be more than glad I did!

There are a lot of dumbasses here. The kind of people that chain smoke right before a PT test (and then fail the run), and the people that drink way too much. So far, there have been over 5 people that have been kicked out for drinking related issues. A few people puked all over the hallway, and another peed in a corner in his room! I guess it's easy for a lot of people to lose sight of why they are here.

PT is decent as far as calisthenics go, but running has not been stressed at all so far. Tomorrow we have our first official (they run us everywhere, but at a slow pace) PT run. It's gonna be either 2 1/2 miles, or 3 miles. They told us when we signed in that the runs will never be faster than a 9 minute mile pace so I'm not expecting much. Word of advice for anyone about to go to Airborne: Buy insoles for your boots that absorb impact. Running to all the training locations (usually just a quarter mile) multiple times per day will put a lot of wear on your joints.

I'm definately enjoying Airborne though! I'll be nervous for my first jump, but I've already made up my mind that I'll be exiting the door without stalling, just like I did on the 34' tower.

Staying focused and looking forward to RIP! It's funny how everything here at Airborne is folding out exactly as it was described to me on this site!

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Good sitrep, you beat the hard part, that damnable tower.
Jumping will be great, just like stepping out into a great big video screen. You won't have any sensation of height until you experience ground rush and then there's nothing you can do about it anyway!
Always remember: the fall can't hurt you, it's that sudden stop at the bottom that can suck.
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Keep your feet and knees together, and your chin on chest and you'll be okay. Good job so far.
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Why are you on the computer? If you are not sleeping or eating, you should be doing PT to get ready for RIP. :)
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Good mid-week SITREP. Do not neglect your PT. BAC will be over before you know it. Never, never quit!
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Rangers,

Tomorrow will be our last day of tower week. Unfortunately my class was not able to utilise the 250' towers. Today we did the swing landing trainer, I didn't have any problems with it and it was kind of fun.
We conduct our first two jumps on Monday.

Overrall, Airborne School is pretty enjoyable, but the days seem to drag on. About 95% of the time, I find myself waiting around.

PT wise I'm doing fine. I'm consistently doing pushup/pullup workouts. For running, I've gone to Cardiac hill a couple times and just run up and down for 20 minutes and then run back to the barracks. I also like to run by the Ranger barracks, it is pretty motivating.

Well, a little over a week until RIP (or RIP Holdover I guess). Staying motivated!
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The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
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Drive on, man. Sounds like you have a good attitude. Good luck and keep us posted, leg. :P
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Good SITREP! Stay motivated!

Don't land in the trees....I found that shit out the hard way yesterday! :shock: :lol:
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Too bad you missed the 250' towers, that was the most fun in jump school, other than "perfect" jumps.
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