Tips for Airborne

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Just finished tower week, thought I'd post some tips while on cq

1. Don't buy new boots! Rasp wont let you wear anything but your issued ones so why carry the extra weight around just to wear them at airborne

2. MOST IMPORTANT TIP! Get new inserts for your issued boots right away! You will doubletime everywhere at airborne and everywhere is concrete roads and the concrete track around the training grounds. Wish I would've bought my $16 inserts sooner! Bad shin splints will make life suck

3. Don't be like one of the 150 soldiers that failed the pft. Its only like 45 pushups and situps holy shit. 2 miles in 16 min come on. Yes, I did run a 13:50 but I also did a lot of drinking over exodus and I'm back in shape now anyways so whatever

4. Don't forget anything ever! They will only tell you once! I remember like half my platoon was counsoled for not bring a pt jacket, or a cap, ect. And also, if your going in a cold weather month, they will not count your issued wool glove inserts as gloves. If you didn't buy some highspeed gloves, make sure to bring your green leather issued shells.

5. The first day you're here they will make you stencile your roster on tape and tape it to all you stuff. Wish I would've bought a $2 stecile kit instead of waiting for 3 hours to borrow the only stencile in the entire platoon. THIS IS SOME GOOD ADVICE FOR YOU! If you don't listen to anything else, at least spend the $2 to save your ass 3 hours

6. Volunteer for road gaurd. That will make the 2 runs you do actually somewhat challenging.

7. Eat those carbs for breakfast. Eat like 2 bowls of wheat bran, that gives you your phosphorus and zinc. Also load up on the other carbs like bread and grits and oatmeal. Stay away from the ice cream and cake in the dfac unless your trying to gain.

8. Everybody smokes here. Nicatine constricts your vascular system and will only make you slower, don't do it.

9. Quitters and pft drop outs here that are pcs go straight to mech. Enough said

10. For plf's just keep your feet and knees together and elbows tucked in. Don't worry about doing the rotation in all one motion (at least my sergeant airborne wouldn't mind if we kicked our legs over after we landed). You'll understand what I mean when you get here, help you pass your landing drills.

Well that's all I can think of right now. Doing my first jump tuesday. Rasp holdover is in less than a week. If I can prove the intestinal fortitude, I want to go to 1st battalion.

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11. Find a 2LT who didn't make it through Ranger School and punch him in the face...
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Do they still have coffee and donuts in the white house?


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12. Lurn tew speel... speal.... spawl... (fuck it!)
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The Sleepy Doc wrote:12. Lurn tew speel... speal.... spawl... (fuck it!)
I have it, on good authority, that you can go far in today's military by spelling like an illiterate backwoodsman from the War of Independence!
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600rr wrote:2. MOST IMPORTANT TIP! Get new inserts for your issued boots right away! You will doubletime everywhere at airborne and everywhere is concrete roads and the concrete track around the training grounds. Wish I would've bought my $16 inserts sooner! Bad shin splints will make life suck
Inserts? Really? So what is it? Is the road harder then it was 30 years ago? Are today's boots crap compared to the old leather issued boots? Are today's legs generally pussified? Damn....how on earth did my legs get through Airborne School shin splint free in the days that you wore insert free leather boots for EVERYTHING to include PT.
600rr wrote:3. Don't be like one of the 150 soldiers that failed the pft.
Ummmm if someone has to be told this then perhaps they shouldn't be in the Army let alone Airborne School.
600rr wrote:4. Don't forget anything ever!
Isn't this sort of drilled into you at Basic Training? :shock:
600rr wrote:7. Eat those carbs for breakfast. Eat like 2 bowls of wheat bran, that gives you your phosphorus and zinc. Also load up on the other carbs like bread and grits and oatmeal.
Geez...Airborne School certainly must be really high speed and different these days when you have to have a special diet to make it through and you have to carbohydrate load. :shock:
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At the risk of shocking Ranger Zone IV speachless, I totally agree with him! Back in the olden days, before JUMP SCHOOL was made easy enough for girls to do it, a soldier was expected to perform to Standards in the uniform issued to him....Fatigues and Leg Boots...all tasks put before him. If you are in reasonably good shape, it shouldn't be difficult to complete all physical requirements without special equipment or diets.

I still don't know what "shin splints" are, but I'm sure we weren't allowed to have them!
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Here are my tips for airborne school

1. DON"T BE A PUSSY
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I know this is a "kinder, gentler timeframe", but DAMN! Really? I thought Airborne was a damn joke and imputted my participation nightly by eating as much of that cheap pizza as I could get my hands on and getting pissed up. Of course I am sure its "much harder" now what with all the PC police overseeing PT and all. I'm just sayin' :roll: :P
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colt1rgr wrote:imputted my participation nightly by eating as much of that cheap pizza as I could get my hands on and getting pissed up.
There you go....some old school carbo loading. Doing it nightly, you simply didn't feel like eating breakfast the next morning so no need for any of Tip #7. :lol: This is probably why, after reading tip #7, I simply couldn't remember eating breakfast before hitting formation over at the Jump School AO. It is amazing how a healthy and physically active 20 something body can metabolize just about any crap that is injested or at least back in the day it could... :shock: I did go out for a hard run after the Jump School day was done to make up for the night before and because the PT at Jump School wasn't worth crap.
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I will say though..the boots they issue in basic now are shit. I don't know why they don't just issue bellevilles, but that crap they hand out in basic is just that...crap. You certainly can make it through fucking airborne school in them though. RASP on the other hand...I would DX those things for some bellevilles. The boots you guys used to get issued were way better than what they issue in basic now, by the way.

All though the post is well intentioned, I think I speak for everyone here when I say if you need tips to get through airborne, no need to try out for RASP.....
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Airborne is a joke. I made this for the large amount of soldiers that would not have gotten kicked out if they knew a few things. Yea its a weaker army, but thats what it is. And I scrapped my boots for some belleville 390s and theyre like a mustang compared to a glued together pinto. Yea, comforts not a Ranger word, but shit my feet feel good!

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colt1rgr wrote:I know this is a "kinder, gentler timeframe", but DAMN! Really? I thought Airborne was a damn joke and imputted my participation nightly by eating as much of that cheap pizza as I could get my hands on and getting pissed up. Of course I am sure its "much harder" now what with all the PC police overseeing PT and all. I'm just sayin' :roll: :P
Bet they won't show that on the next "Making the Cut".

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Slowpoke wrote:At the risk of shocking Ranger Zone IV speachless, I totally agree with him! Back in the olden days, before JUMP SCHOOL was made easy enough for girls to do it, a soldier was expected to perform to Standards in the uniform issued to him....Fatigues and Leg Boots...all tasks put before him. If you are in reasonably good shape, it shouldn't be difficult to complete all physical requirements without special equipment or diets.

I still don't know what "shin splints" are, but I'm sure we weren't allowed to have them!
When did they stop running in boots? I went thru Jump School in 1971 so I guess I should be happy we had boots and not moccasins. Just curious.
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