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The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is used by the Basic Airborne Course (BAC) to ensure Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines meet minimum physical fitness requirements necessary to successfully complete Airborne training. In order to enter the course, the prospective student MUST score a MINIMUM of 60% on the lowest age group scale. This equates to 42 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, and a 15:54 or faster on the 2-mile run for males and 19 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, and an 18:54 or faster on the 2-mile run for females.

The BAC is NOT a physical fitness school. Our primary task is to teach members of the Department of Defense how to safely conduct static line parachuting. PT is included to indoctrinate Soldiers into the Army lifestyle and to ensure they are mentally and physically prepared for the rigors of daily Airborne training. A lack of either could be grounds for dismissal from the course.

Injuries. Many Soldiers try to "gut" through an injury so as not to be perceived as "weak." This can result in them becoming more serious injuries during the most critical phase of the course – jump week. Daily PT is yet another means of risk mitigation focusing on Soldier safety here at the BAC.

Typical PT Session. You must participate in daily PT by completing the exercises and distance run. A typical daily PT session includes warm up exercises, Calisthenics, Guerilla/Grass Drills, Circuit Training or a 3.2 to 4-mile formation run. Males and females run in the same formation during PT and the average pace is approximately 9-minutes per mile.

WARNING: When conducting physical training prior to the Basic Airborne Course at your home station, design a program to achieve the following: completion of a 4-mile run with a time of 36 minutes or faster after conducting 30 minutes of strenuous activity (muscular strength exercises, muscular endurance exercises, calisthenics, and grass drills).

This describes the strict policy for personnel not assigned to the 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, but who desire to participate in parachute operations with that unit. This policy also applies to personnel on hazardous duty orders for the conduct of parachute operations and those personnel authorized to conduct parachute operations under the auspices of the DA approved Permissive Parachuting Program.

(The 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment is hereafter known as "the Battalion." Personnel not assigned to the Battalion who desire to participate in parachute operations with the Battalion are known hereafter as "Guest Jumpers.")

• Individuals requesting to jump with the Battalion are included in three categories. These categories are: 1) on jump status assigned to Fort Benning, 2) on jump status not assigned to Fort Benning, 3) On permissive jump status (on or off Fort Benning).

• The requesting unit S3 Air will fax one copy of the individual’s DA Form 1307, a DA Form 4187 signed by an O-6 (or O-5 serving in O-6 position with assumption of command orders), or above, stating that the individual is authorized to jump with the Battalion, and which days the individual is allowed to jump, and a memorandum signed by their first O-6 in there Chain of Command and a copy of the individual’s hazardous duty orders (the copies will be kept on file for future reference) to the MCoE G3 Air. A good POC and number must accompany the request, failure to provide could result in your request not being processed if a question arises.

• Unit S3 Air coordinates with the MCoE G3 Air NLT TEN days prior to the desired jump date to determine the number of slots available. If slots are available the Unit S3 Air or Soldier will send the MCoE G3 Air a signed Permissive Jump Status Memo signed by the Commanding General Officer in the Chain of Command (assigned to Fort BenningFort Benning Permissive Jump Status Memo signed by the G-3, a DA Form 4187 signed by an O-6 (or O-5 serving in O-6 position with assumption of command orders), or above, stating that the individual is authorized to jump with the Battalion, and which days the individual is allowed to jump, and a memorandum signed by their first O-6 in their Chain of Command and a copy of the individual’s hazardous duty orders. The Permissive Jump Status Packet for personnel assigned to Fort Benning must go thru G-3 to CG, McoE for Fort Benning approval.

The Battalion’s pre-jump is conducted by the Jump Branch Master Trainer at 0800 hrs for all jumps. Guest Jumpers must be in duty uniform and have their Boarding pass, Identification Card, Identification Tags, and ACH (configured for Airborne Operations) for pre-jump training. Guest Jumpers who miss manifest call or pre-jump will not jump. Jump Refresher Training:

Jump Refresher is mandatory for soldiers that have not made a jump within the last 6 months. A Jump Refresher memorandum from the jumper’s unit certifying the jumper has completed Jump Refresher Training is required and must be signed by a qualified and current Jumpmaster. Personnel from 199th Infantry Brigade attending the Battalion’s Jump Refresher must furnish the S3 Air a copy of that memorandum. Jump Refresher for 1/507th PIR Regiment is provided, as needed, at Tower Branch. If a jumper requires Jump Refresher through 1/507th PIR coordination is made through the S3 Air.