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Posted on Jun 7, 2016
SFC Randy Purham
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LTC Stephen C.
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Excellent essay, SFC Randy Purham, and it all makes perfect sense. However, were I in an airborne unit (and I was), I'd want to be airborne qualified (and I was).
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SFC Luis Colon
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when I first got my assignment to fort bragg I was a young SSG, and I told myelf if I am going to be lead troops in an airborne environment I have to be airborne, so I got to the 82nd replacement as a leg, I was sent to my unit before going to Jump school and boy what an impact on my life that was, I was treated like a redheaded stepchild, but once I went to the training and show that I can hang I was very welcome to the unit.......... when I left the airborne and went to an non airborne unit, I found out that been in the airborne unit will get you molded for the rest of your life, and your attitude is totally different,
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It does mold you and your personality to a point where you do not want to be in a leg/non airborne unit. Once you leave you have to not let yourself get big headed and think that it is the best thing since sliced bread. I have eased in the assignment I am currently at but at the same time I cannot wait to go back. I love the rush of jumping and performing duties as well.
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I will not send a SPC or SGT to a board if he is not airborne qualified in an airborne unit. You are pro oting him to lead Soldiers. How can he lead Soldiers on the DZ if he can not jump out 9f the plane with has men. Good luck finding a BN Commander that would bless off on that promotion as well. Now I have seen legs assigned to an airborne unit, but if they wanted to stay they had to attend the school.
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SGT Dani W.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" that might still be the case, but a large amount of our the non-airborne Soldier's we get are from IET (majority go to airborne when get here), and then there are some people that we get that have been serving but aren't airborne. I think the reasoning is probably needs of the Army, it would be far more difficult for us to have full manning without being given non-airborne troops. I think you may have to be airborne to request to come here, but Army will do what it wants. I'd probably have to ask some non-airborne people that have been serving if they just got orders here or if they reenlisted for here.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" due to funding cuts there are non Airborne slots within 82nd (the CAB and Sustainment BDE mostly). However, if you are earmarked for an Airborne slot transistion centers wont even cut the orders unless you sign documents saying you volunteer. If you are not already Airborne qualifed you will go from your new unit.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" I am.
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The problem with the Army is that they have the wrong mentality in the upper levels of leadership. There is no problem having NAPs ATTACHED to an airborne unit, but they sure as hell shouldn't be allowed to wear the maroon beret or even the unit patch.
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