The Airborne course is a comprehensive three-week course that qualifies
students as static-line parachutists. The first week of training is called
Ground Week where students learn how to don the parachute harness, exit
an aircraft, and execute a parachute landing fall. The second week is called
Tower Week. Students practice mass exits from 34-foot tower, landings
from the swing landing trainer, and practice riser/canopy control on the
suspended harness for the T-10D parachute. Students also conduct one drop
from the 250-foot tower. The third week is called Jump Week where
students execute five qualification jumps from C-130, and C-17 USAF
aircraft. The US Army's APFT is conducted on day one of training. All
students must successfully pass the APFT, or they will be dropped from the
course. All students must be screened prior to arrival ensuring that they
have an Airborne physical, APFT score documented in their Commander’s
Certification Letter (see example at the bottom of this page), age waiver (35
and over), and are on funded orders to the course. Students must be
volunteers. Permissive TAD is not allowed for this course.
Airborne PT Schedule
M APFT/10-Second Flexed Arm Hang
T Grass Drills/Guerrilla Drills
W 3.2 Mile Run
Th Grass Drills/Guerrilla Drills
F 4 Mile Run
M 4 Mile Run (Ground Track)
T Obstacle Course (Circuit Training)
W 4 Mile Run (Tower Track)
Th Log Drills
F 5 Mile Run
No formal PT during Jump Week
Prerequisites/ Administrative Requirements
2. Any rank/ any MOS
3. Male or female
4. Pass Army PFT within 30 days of reporting - documented on
Commander’s Certification or Army PT card – Bring 3 copies
APFT consists of the following four events:
EXERCISE MALE FEMALE
a. Pushups 42 19 (2 min)
b. Sit-ups 53 53 (2 min)
c. 2-mile run 15:54 18:54 (MAX
d. 10 second flexed arm hang – No longer
5. PASS MARINE DETACHMENT FT. BENNING’S VALIDATION
ARMY PFT PRIOR TO BEING PLACED IN THE COURSE (USUALLY
CONDUCTED THURSDAY AFTERNOON). ALL STUDENTS WILL
RECEIVE INSTRUCTION ON PROPER TECHNIQUES BY THE
MARDET STAFF OR A MARINE AIRBORNE INSTRUCTOR.
FAILURE TO PASS THE ARMY PFT WITH THE MARINE
DETACHMENT WILL RESULT IN DISMISSAL FROM THE
COURSE. NO STUDENT WILL BE PLACED IN CLASS WITHOUT
HAVING THEIR ARMY PFT VALIDATED BY THE DETACHMENT.
6. Students will also conduct formation runs up to 5 miles (8:45-9:15 pace).
2 drops from PT runs will result in a drop from the course. Students should
be able to do more than the minimum standard and should arrive in good
7. Airborne Physical, with EKG – dated within 5 years of graduation from
the Basic Airborne Course they are attending. Block 5 of SF 88 must state
reason for examination as “Airborne/Jump Training” and Block 77 of SF 88
must state qualified for “Airborne/Jump Training”. If using DD Form 2808,
Block 15c must state purpose of examination as “Airborne/Jump Training”
and Block 74a must state is qualified for service in “Airborne/Jump
8. Orders- must be fully funded. Arrive with 15 copies.
9. Must have Reserve Seat in BNA/ATRRS (No exceptions).
10. Medical Records must be brought with the student. Dental records are
11. Age waiver-all students age 35 and over must arrive with an age waiver.
Age waiver will include the following:
a. Airborne Physical documented on SF88 and SF93 or DD Form
2808 and 2807-1 (Medical forms)
c. Volunteer statement
d. Army PFT scores
e. Command endorsement approving age waiver
f. It is highly recommended that those needing an age waiver come
during the winter months if possible (October-April) due to increased risk of
heat injury in this high heat/humidity environment.
12. All students must arrive with a Commander’s Certification Letter,
signed by their BN Commander or equivalent, stating that they are
volunteers, physically qualified, and that they have funded orders to the
course. BY DIR NOT AUTHORIZED.
All Marines and Sailors will report to the office of the Marine Corps
Detachment (Bldg 4 Rm 546) by 1200 Thursday (report date below) in
serviceable utility uniform. Students will need authorized PT gear available
for later that afternoon.
Ensure you receive a “From TAD Orders endorsement” from the Marine
Detachment. This paperwork is a requirement upon return to your unit for
settlement of travel claims.
E-7 and below are billeted in the Airborne barracks.
E-8 and above are billeted in Olson Hall (BOQ/BEQ). Cost is $31 a day.
Proportional meal rate for E-8 and above is $25 a day; incidentals are $3 a
Reservations for Officers and E-8 and above can be made at Olson Hall by
calling (706) 689-0067. Do not be surprised if billeting is full and you have
to get a hotel out on town, especially if you make reservations less than a
month in advance. The BOQ will issue you a statement of non-availability
and we will annotate that in your detaching endorsement as well. If you are
E-8 and above, a rental car is highly encouraged due to distance between
BOQ/town lodging and the school.
WINTER MONTHS - OCT thru MAY
Bring the following for inclement/ cold weather:
Green USMC Sweats
Blue Sweats – Navy personnel only
Black watch cap
Black gloves with green liners
Gortex Jacket or Field Jacket
4 sets of utility uniforms (old woodland style, woodland or desert digital
uniform are authorized.
2 pair boots (Black boots are no longer authorized, only Marine Corps tan
boots may be worn)
6 green T-shirts (no unit logo – just plain green/No Under Armor shirts
6 pair black or green socks
6 pair white socks (calf length all white socks only)
2 Martial Arts belts (old khaki web belt or the appropriate martial arts belt
may be worn)
2 heavy-duty key padlocks
1 serviceable ID card
1 pair ID tags with chain
1 pair running shoes
2 pair issue eyeglasses with retainer band if required
2 pair green PT shorts (NO BLACK SHORTS)
Helmet sweatband – recommended due to repetitive use of student
US Navy personnel specific gear
2 sets of PT Gear – brown T-shirts and blue shorts only
Blue Sweats (Sept-May only).
Only bring service issued belts – No riggers belts.
Only black leather combat boots authorized.
Navy personnel serving in FMF may wear Marine Corps woodland/desert
digital cammies and tan boots (Use proper Navy PT gear or Marine green on
green for PT gear).
-When instructed to do so by the Airborne training cadre, Marines and
Sailors will remove their pin-on rank during Airborne training. E-4 and
above may place one pin-on rank insignia centered on the left breast pocket
flap of their utility blouse so they can be easily identified by fellow students
as NCO’s and officers.
-When wearing the utility uniform away from the training area, the pin-on
rank will be worn in the normal fashion.
-The instructor staff will be addressed as “Sgt Airborne”. Talk to them at
parade rest or position of attention.
-Keep uniform, boots, and your barracks room squared away. Lock
everything up to include linen.
-Marines/ Sailors WILL salute in PT gear during morning PT.
-Always wear appropriate civilian attire on and off base.
-Maintain Marine Corps standards for conduct on and off duty at all times.
-DO NOT REPORT LATER THAN 1200 HOURS ON THE DAY
INDICATED. YOU WILL BE SENT BACK!
-Students must report in with at least a Marine regulation haircut –
minimum medium regulation.
-Do not get a tattoo 30 days prior to training or while in training – you will
-Do not use supplements while in training – you will be dropped. Do not
even have it in your room for weekends or after course use!
-No Moustaches whatsoever are authorized – shave it off before reporting.
-No tobacco use, period. Do not even have it on your body in the training
areas. It is an automatic drop.
-Do not park in any unauthorized spots. If you have a POV or government
vehicle, do not let anyone but the authorized drivers use that vehicle. The
only exception is designated drivers when at least 1 authorized driver is in
the vehicle as well.
-Stay away from all off limits establishments as briefed by the Airborne
-All jewelry and watches come off and remain off for the duration of
-Do not report without a signed Commander’s Certification Letter. BY DIR
IS NOT AUTHORIZED.