3 jumps down, 2 to go! I'm absolutely loving it! As I was recovering my chute on the drop zone after my first jump, I was watching other jumpers exit a C-130 above me. It hit me that I'm actually getting payed to do this! Sure, jumping has its downfalls ( like today, I sat in a hanger all geared up for a combat and not allowed to sleep, talk, or use the latrine for 9 hours), but this is by far the most exciting thing I've ever done!
I was a little nervous for my first jump. I was the number 2 guy in my stick, but offered the number 1 position by the number one guy. At first I didn't want to have to deal with standing in the open door for any longer than I had to. But then I realised that this could quite possibly be a once in a lifetime chance, so I went for it, and I'm glad I did. Standing in the door on standby for that one minute seemed like an eternity, and it was pretty scary watching the ground fly by from 1250', but I wouldn't trade that experience for anything.
So far the landings have been great, not near as hard as I expected them to be, so far... We're jumping in perfect conditions though, so I don't want to get too used to nice landings. Only a few more days until RIP pickup, barely a moment goes by where RIP isn't on my mind. I'm looking forward to it though!
We do our final two jumps tomorrow, 1 hollywood during the day, and 1 combat at night. Can't wait!
PS, mass exits are crazy! It's like jumping into rush hour traffic. I was slipping away from the horde of jumpers the whole time, I barely had time to slip into the wind before I executed my PLF!
"The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?"
2/75- (D Co 2009-2011, HHC Recce Plt. 2011-2014)
RIP Class 05-09, RS Class 05-10
Mentored by Ranger K. Ingraham