We started fast roping around 1980. Back in the day we started by just using tug of war ropes before we got the fancy braided ones. It was a real good way to insert on top of buildings if there was a lot of crap where the bird couldn't put down. We roped out of mostly blackhawks and quite a bit out of the Jolly Green Giants. You could get your whole platoon on the ground in around 20 seconds out of a green giant. Two ropes in the back and one up front by the crew door. There was no more rappelling out of birds once we got going on that. I always thought it to be useless anyways. We were told that the SEALS started roping first but for you James Bond fans out there you can see that it was done in the 60's in one of his movies. Can't remember which one but it was the one where he was impersonating a ninja guy in Japan and they had an assault team roping down the inside of a mountain. Roping is okay if your going in light, the more shit you have on you, you better have a good grip. That does'nt mean for you new guys to start jerking off either. Do some other hand strengthening excerises.
1st Bn 78-82, 84-86. 3rd Plt Sqd Ldr, PSG. RIP and Pre-Rgr Instructor. Ranger Class 502-79
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