Military Freefall School

This course instructs free fall parachuting high altitude, low opening (HALO) using the high performance ram air canopy. Includes wind tunnel training, in-air instruction focusing on student stability, aerial maneuvers, air sense, and parachute opening procedures. Each student receives a minimum of 30 free fall jumps including 2 day and 2 night jumps with supplemental oxygen, rucksack, and load bearing equipment.

General Weekly schedule

Week One

Week one begins with the usual Army drill of In-processing, weigh-in, equipment issue, etc. You are assigned an instructor and a jump buddy (about your same height and weight so you fall at about the same rate). Your instructor stays with you the whole time. You learn all about the ram air parachute, emergency procedures, rigging procedures, repack procedures, etc. You do table drills to learn how to fall properly and stable, and also get in to the hanging harness to practice emergency procedures (malfunctions, cutaways, entanglements, etc.). You also cover jump commands and the oxygen system. Then the fun begins! First, you get into the wind tunnel. This is a massive fan that blow at speeds up to 150 mph…it actually lifts you and supports you in the air to simulate freefall! You go through all the emergency procedures (EPs), and you fine tune your body position.

Weeks Two through Four

Jump, Jump, Jump…and you will also jump. From here on out it is pretty much all jumping.   You must remain stable, pull at the designated altitude (+/- 200ft), and land within 25m of the group leader. If the weather is good, you get to do a lot of jumps (including HAHO). High Altitude High Opening jumps are jumps where you exit at say…13000 ft and 5 seconds later deploy your chute. You then glide a couple of kilometers (a lot more depending on exit altitude and winds) to the target…quite a ride! Graduation consists of equipment turn in, diplomas and paperwork, and the requisite class party. Definitely a pretty fun school.

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ETCA COURSE INFO (Reporting Instructions)

LOCATION: Yuma Proving Ground
CLASS FREQ: 14 classes per FY

Course Description:

Trains and qualifies officer and airmen whose duty requires high altitude low operating (HALO) military freefall (MFF) parachuting using the Ram Air Pararescue System (RAPS). The course utilizes the vertical wind tunnel to teach basic body stability, aerial maneuverability, and opening and emergency procedures. Each student receives two-weeks of in-the-air instructional jumps involving day and night, non-tactical, combat equipment, grouping, oxygen, and high altitude high opening (HAHO) procedures at Yuma Proving Ground AZ.

Admin Instructions:
DO NOT SEND MFFPC students to Ft Bragg NC. TDY travel to Ft Bragg NC for first eight days of training has been stopped as of 10 February 2014. ALL MFFPC training is now consolidated at Yuma APG AZ.

Students will receive a WELCOME LETTER from the MFFPC. Students are to follow that instruction should it differ from these ETCA instructions due to changes at MFFPC.

BILLETING: Students will stay in Bldg 540 Candlewood Suites while at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ. Lodging will be pre-arranged for the student and no Statements of Non-Availability will be given. The number for YPG Lodging is (928) 388-6200 (new number).

MESSING: Students will provide for their own meals during training. Government mess facilities are not available on YPG. Company B does not issue missed meals statements or meal cards.

TRANSPORTATION: Airport to govt. lodging: 25 miles (airport taxi required to and from Yuma PG AZ). YPG and the MFFPC do not provide shuttle services to and from post.

(a) Rental cars. Rental cars are not authorized while on Yuma. Students will be picked up daily by MFFPC staff at your pre-arranged billeting location on YPG and transported as a class to the training facility. Requests for rental must be approved by 502 CPTS at JBSARandolph, TX.

(b) Airline tickets. Students will arrange for their own travel from home station to Yuma, AZ and also Yuma, AZ back to home station. This covers all legs of travel for the entire course.

(c) Travel to Yuma, AZ will be by commercial air one day prior to class start only.

Equipment Required:
Students are required to bring the following uniforms and equipment:
-1 set Duty uniform (i.e., ACU, service specific duty uniform); headgear with rank and/or insignia (beret or utility cap) for in-processing.
-2 set Duty uniform (i.e., ACU, other unit specific and authorized combat uniform); for jump operations.
-5 ea T-shirts, service specific (tan, brown or green) No “logos” are authorized on T-shirts
-5 ea Black nylon running shorts or service equivalent
-5 pr White or service issued socks
-1 pr Low top running shoes (to be worn when in the wind tunnel) AS PER Unit issue sweat suits and warm gear may be worn during winter months (bring them!!!!)
-1 pr Military-type gloves (flight gloves or black issue are acceptable). Gloves must have leather palms and should have good insulation without sacrificing dexterity. Gloves must be full fingered.
-1 ea Notebook
-1 ea Reflective belt (for running during hours of darkness)
-1 ea Pen
-1 ea Lensatic Compass
-1 ea SORZ goggles clear (no tint)
-1 pr Black, Tan boots or service specific combat boot (lace through eyelet type). Boots with open hook eyelets are not acceptable for wear during MFF air operations.

NOTE – The following item must be present at in-processing:
1 ea Body Armor (no ballistic plates required). Your instructor will determine its air worthiness and adjustments will be made to your gear as necessary and prior to the start of training. For the CRYE PRECISION AVS carrier, make sure the molle detachable flap is on the front.

NOTE: Do not bring centerline closure Body Armor that utilizes Velcro to fix the left and right sides of the armor to each other in the center of the chest area, vertical orientation, unless it has a zipper on the ends of the adjoining flaps. This type of body armor creates an unsafe condition that is not conducive to MFF operations.
-1 ea ACH or Ops Core Helmet (Fast Series) with Accessory Rail Connector and wing-loc or picatinny blocks.
-1ea Peltor or MSA Tactical Communication Headset with 6 PTT.


Students must meet the following prerequisites in order to attend the Military Free Fall Parachutist Course (MFFPC):
a. Army Active Component or Reserve Component Special Operations Forces Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers or enlisted personnel, assigned to or on orders for assignment to a Military Free Fall coded position.
b. Other Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, or enlisted personnel of the Active or Reserve Components, selected DoD civilian personnel or allied personnel must be assigned to or on orders for assignment to a MFF coded position
c. Must be a qualified military static line parachutist.
d. Must have a current Class III flight physical examination as previously stated.
e. Personnel cannot exceed 240 pounds.
f. Any variations from the above standards require a waiver from the Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC 28310.

Reporting Instructions (Supplemental):
Students will report to the MSG. George Bannar Wind Tunnel, Bldg 2590 at 0530hrs on the scheduled ATRRS report date. A shuttle bus will be provided from Candlewood Suites to the MSG. George Bannar Wind Tunnel at 0515hrs. The uniform for in-processing is the service specific duty uniform (i.e. Army students will report in A.C.U.s).

NOTE: All ATRRS confirmed MFFPC students will receive a WELCOME LETTER from the MFF Schools NCOIC. Questions related to ETCA and Welcome Letter content conflicts, please contact the POC referenced in the Welcome Letter first, then ETCA POC should conflict not be resolved.

Course Address

MFF Course Unit Address is:
US Army Military Freefall School
301 C. Street
Yuma, AZ 85365-0997
USAF Office DSN 899-2229

AF Training Location designation at Yuma is: OL-D 342 TRS Yuma APG, AZ
MFFPC is taught in two locations on Yuma:
1. MSG. George Bannar Wind Tunnel, Bldg 2590
2. MMFPC – Daly Terminal – BLDG 2802
Daly Terminal DSN 899-3914

Documentation and Equipment

Students will report with the following documentation and all the equipment listed in the equipment section:
a. Military ID card and Identification Tags.
b. Copy of Travel orders for the duration of the course, with variations authorized, IBA or CBA travel. Orders must start from the student’s home station to Yuma Proving Ground, AZ and return to home station or next duty assignment if TDY en-route.
c. Current physiological training card, AF 1274, AF Form 702, Navy Form 1550/28- NP-6 or USAAMC AA Form 484. HAPS card must remain current through completion of course.
d. Copy of student’s current high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) physical examination IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 5, paragraph 5-3 and Chapter 8 Para 8-14 and 8-19 and all supporting documents (i.e. laboratory exam sheets, x-ray interpretations, etc.).
1) Physical examinations are valid for two (2) years from the date of completion for all services.
2) Physical examinations are valid for one (1) year from the date of completion for individuals 45 years old or older.
3) Physicals must be stamped and signed by a Flight Surgeon or Dive Medical Officer (DMO) and should have a USAJFKSWCS stamp. If your flight surgeon does not have a USAJFKSWCS stamp, the physicals must be sent to NLT 4 weeks prior to course start date. Direct all questions to MFF Flight Surgeon cell # (727) 403-8908 or MFF HQ (928) 328-3636.
4) Physicals that do not meet MFFPC standards defined by AR 40-501 chapter 5 paragraph 5-6, must have a waiver from the USAJFKSWCS Surgeon or Deputy Surgeon. Waiver requests come from (910) 396-7775 extension 253. AF and Navy waivers are not acceptable.

NOTE: Students must resolve any discrepancies with the above-listed paperwork prior to the ATRRS official start date. Students with unresolved issues may be disqualified from training.

Special Notes

It is imperative that all administrative actions or problems be settled with the student’s parent unit prior to the student’s departure from his home station.
National Guard/Reservists: Please ensure that your DEER’s status is changed to “active duty” prior to your arrival. Your orders must state that you will be on active duty status for not less than 30 days in order for you to be eligible for medical care at the Yuma Proving  Ground Health Clinic (without delay) during your stay.
Waiver Authority:
Soldiers/airmen requesting waivers for disqualifying conditions will submit their physical examinations along with memorandum requesting the waiver (no later than 30 days prior to the class start date) through the USASOC Medical Training Division for delivery to USAJFKSWCS (where waivers are considered). The address for the
USASOC Medical Training Division is–

Commander, USASOC
Ft Bragg, NC 28307-5217
Location Information:
Yuma Proving Ground USA
Yuma, AZ 85365

Course announcements have precedence over these instructions. Follow any specific guidance provided in course announcements. The parent unit of ANY student attending ANY course at this school MUST provide the following information for EACH and EVERY student – SSN, FULL NAME, GRADE, GENDER, COMPLETE DUTY ADDRESS, COMPLETE DUTY TITLE, SECURITY CLEARANCE AND JOB SERIES (IF CIVILIAN) – this info must be provided to the MAJCOM, who will forward it to the appropriate course programmer, as soon as the student is entered in OTA. This info should be provided NLT 45 days prior to class reporting date. Failure to comply with these requirements could lead to cancellation of the quota(s). THIS REQUIREMENT IS NOT AN AF REQUIREMENT BUT A REQUIREMENT OF THE ARMY TRAINING SYSTEM (ATRRS) AND MUST BE ADHERED TO. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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