- 18-05-2012, 09:48 #1
How many jumps a year?
Roughly how many jumps a year do regular Paras make, and how many do TA Paras make?
I`m interested in your knowledge from any era
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- 18-05-2012, 10:15 #2
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I can tell you from my experience in the early 80`s, i did more jumps annually in 10 Para, than i did when in the regular army. However, with the shortage of aircraft nowadays, its probably more even!Jack Wagon!!! Whats a Jack Wagon?
- 18-05-2012, 10:20 #3
- 18-05-2012, 10:52 #4
I was in a para role for 2 1/2 years (99-01) and did 18 jumps - 8 on BPC, 2 water jumps in Gib, 2 out of a Czech Army Hip and 6 in continuation trg or on exercise.
- 18-05-2012, 13:07 #5
ive lost count the amount ive done that many. The legion do more than the brits, hard to give an answer to the original question as the site is full of jump dodgers
- 18-05-2012, 13:16 #6
I managed to knock out more than 30 descents (static line) in a single year but that was only due to getting on foreign jumps exchanges and trialling the LLP from a C 130 J type.
The amount of "normal" unit jumps was roughly 6 a year including exercises and bog standard "keeping qualified" jumps.
During one particular year I carried out the sum total of zero due to non availibilty of air frames, cancelled descents due to the met being shite and two occasions of actually been hooked up in the aircraft and then being told the winds were out of limits."Two in the goo, one in the poo".
- 18-05-2012, 13:25 #7
- 18-05-2012, 13:33 #8
In order to maintain para pay, it used to be the minimum of 4 descents per annum. Operational requirements such as N. Ire. tours took priority and the system adopted an 'understanding' view to the unit's circumstances. The issue then became a ground / synthetic training matter. Depending on the period of time which had elapsed since the soldier had last undertaken a descent, the synthetic training was factored to get rid of the rust spots in the memory banks.
Four 'Hollywood' ( to keep our American amigos in the picture) day descents do not necessarily equate to a full sim stick load laden down with kit. Hence the variation in the synthetic training, but in instances it got around the jump requirement if the Paymaster was being pedantic. That's how it used to be. It was a long time ago and I was very very drunk...............................The artist formerly known as Bob_Lawlaw
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- 18-05-2012, 13:33 #9
.....................It would be unusual for anyone to do more than (about) 8 jumps per year on average.
Being with the TA would have got you the extra balloon jump a few years back.
Exchange Exercises with the Yanks, Germans, Frogs, Canadians etc etc would up that number too.
C130, PX4, LLP trials again would up the jump count.
The most jumps I've ever done is 8 in One day. All Balloon. The Links Aberdeen!Rot Scheint Die Sonne.
- 18-05-2012, 13:38 #10
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