Posted on Mar 27, 2021
2LT Assistant Intelligence Officer (S2)
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Wouldn't it be a value add to allow soldiers who couldn't get a slot for Ft. Benning to go to a DOD approved Civillian school run by Veterans (special forces, rangers, 101st) and earn their wings there? They could then be tested after 5 jumps on their knowledge to be allowed to get the asi. There would be the benefit of more qualified soldiers, more knowledge, more experience, it would cost the Army less (paid by the soldiers who want to go), and still offer the same sense of pride. There is also the added benefit you wouldn't have to go to one place to get this training you could go to more locations and earn the wings.
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SFC Thomas McMahon
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Not no, HELL NO! First off, name a group of veterans that has the funding to pull that off? The land, the buildings, not to mention the aircraft and staff salaries. Nobody could afford that, not to mention be able to insure it all. There isn't a soldier out there that could afford to pay the fee for a school like that. And let's just be honest with each other here, the Army doesn't have the need for more paratroopers on a level that would require an outside school. With the way modern wars are fought and will be fought in the future, it's all but certain there will never be a large scale airborne operation in combat again.
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SGM Bill Frazer
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No we tried the crap years ago- almost every major post had Jump training (FBGA, FBNC, Alaska, Italy) there were 2 or 3 Air Assault places, and many post had Recondo or sniper schools. All with their own curriculum. It was an absolute mess. And everybody was paying for those schools out of their own post funds. They are set up now, not to make life easier for folks, or easier to get into but to have 1 master reporting to 1 HQ, with the funds to du it right.It w
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LTC Jason Mackay
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The RC also had a number of schools, one that comes to mind is Air Assault at Camp Gruber OK. They used the standard POI from Benning for Air Assault and Pathfinder. Issue became that units were getting pounded over MOSQ, so the resources were diverted to get more soldiers MOSQ through RTIs and PECs. They also had to cough up the trainers and dollars out of hide as you describe. Just didn't hold up.
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Who's going to fly them up. Who's going to repack the parachutes?

If the Army needed more, there would be more put behind training openings.
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