Jump Ground Training Summer Session 3, Group 1
The 98th Flying Training Squadron is keeping busy this summer with the third summer session of Jump 490 starting this week.
AM-490 is the only program in the entire Air Force where the first jump is an unassisted freefall. Because of this unique difference all students, cadet or staff who go through this program will have roughly 40 hours of ground training before their first jump.
One of the more challenging programs provided by USAFA, Airmanship 490 or AM-490 is a Basic Freefall Parachuting Program that the Academy offers, and it is the core mission of the Wings of Blue and the 98th Training Squadron, all the Cadets on the Wings of Blue team are certified AM-490 Instructors and Jumpmasters. Its purpose is to develop leadership traits through overcoming their own fears. They will be given instruction in basic free fall parachuting and familiarization with emergency parachuting. The successful completion of 5 Jumps results in award of the Air Force basic parachutist badge "Jump Wings", which they can wear on their uniform for the rest of their Air Force career and completion during summer before sophomore year fills one of the few military training requirements that Cadets at USAFA have. Several hundred Cadets over the course of this summer will have to "STAND IN THE DOOR."
Today they practiced their emergency procedures under pressure. Instructors will use such tactics as playing loud music, jumping on them, using a parachute or leaf blower to distract them them while they are trying to go through an emergency procedure. They get swung and spun in mulitple directions as well which is designed to help the student learn how to think clearly under stressful and distracting situations. This will help them when they are preparing to jump out of the airplane for the first time as a solo jumper.
The 98th Squadron has a tradition that if you step on the patch that is on the floor of the Ground Training Facility, you have to do 98 pushups. The Instructors will often take a students patch, rip cord or boot and put it in the middle of the patch and the students have to find a way to get them back without touching the patch. The students do find creative ways to retrieve their gear!
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Jump Ground Training pgs. 258-293 Summer Session 3, Group 1