If you've ever wanted to jump a C-47, this is your opportunity; we run a jump school to train folks that are not prior airborne how to jump. It's long (10 days), and it has a cost ($905 at present), but it's a great opportunity to do something that honors veterans and is really different! Just for the record, I do not jump; I work as the DZSO (drop zone safety officer), as well as truck driver, mechanic, gofer, etc...
Wow really you're part of that outfit? If I'm not married, don't have a family, no kids. I'd definitely consider this. $905 is a small price to pay for the experience and for 10 days of instruction. Of course back when I was single, I didn't have the money for something like this. If I did, I was busy spending it to become un-single
10 days is a big chunk of vacation days. I imagine it's well attended. There are scores of guys out there who do have the time and the money and the fantasies for this.
Questions: 1. Is there a long waiting list for this? 2. What if you don't have an airborne impression, can you still attend? 3. Do they give you honorary jump wings?
I'll check out the website... the answers may be there. Thanks for posting it!
We have classes twice a year (January and July). We do not currently have a waiting list, though we do have to cut off enrollment to a particular school when we reach a maximum number of students. We always encourage folks who are serious about attending to send in their deposit early, which will hold their place in the class.
2. Do you have to have an airborne impression?
No, but we would expect you to develop one to participate in the jump team. We run these schools to train people who are interested in participating as team members, rather than as a "fantasy camp" type experience.
3. Do we give honorary jump wings?
Yes, we have our own commemorative parachute wings, which are gold rather than silver. This is to distinguish them from the parachute wings the US Army issues. We train commemorative parachutists; the US Army trains paratroopers. As one of the folks on this thread noted, their isn't any flack or incoming fire when the WWII ADT jumps, and we walk of the landing zone after the jump, rather than fight our way out!
This link provides some good information about jump school:
I commend your group for even having something like this. It requires a lot of passion and respect for history and past to put together this effort. Thank you for having something like this. I salute your group.