WEATHER PARACHUTIST VOLUNTEER INFORMATION FAQ
1. Where are the jump locations?
Currently, there are approximately 120 jump-positions in ACC/AFSOC units.
HQ 10 Combat Weather Sq
Hurlburt Field FL
720STG (Staff Positions)
Det 12, 7th Weather Sq
Vicenza Italy (USAFE)
Det 1, 10 CWS
Ft Lewis, WA
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Det 2, 10 CWS
Ft Campbell KY
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
160th Special Operations Regiment
Det 3, 10 CWS
Ft Carson, CO
10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Det 4, 10 CWS
Ft Benning, GA
75th Ranger Regiment / 2nd & 3rd Ranger Battalion
Det 5, 10 CWS
Ft Bragg, NC
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Hunter AAF, GA
1st Ranger Battalion
OL-A, 321st Special Tactics Squadron
Panzer Kaserne GE
1/10 Special Forces Group (Airborne)
OL-A, 320th Special Tactics Squadron
Torii Station JP
1/1 Special Forces Group (Airborne)
720 Special Tactics Group
Hurlburt Field FL
720STG (Staff Position)
19 Air Support Operations Squadron
Ft Campbell KY
101st Airborne Corps
18 Weather Squadron
Ft Bragg NC
82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps
18th Aviation Brigade (Airborne)
2. Is it true that once a jumper, always a jumper?
No, once you have completed two years in a jump position you may volunteer for an overseas jump or non-jump assignment. Currently, you will not be moved from a stateside assignment as long as you are a non-volunteer for overseas assignments.
3. Are there restrictions for females?
Yes. The Secretary of Defense combat exclusion policy prohibits females from serving in positions that forward deploy with Army ground combat units. Females may not be assigned to positions supporting Ranger regiments (no females are assigned to Ft Benning) or Special Forces battalions. This accounts for all AFSOC jump positions. Females may serve in ACC jump positions.
4. Iím interested; where do I start and what do I do?
First, schedule and pass an Air Force Class III physical examination. Follow the guidance in this package to initiate the physical examination.
Next, pass the Army Physical Readiness Test (APRT). Again, follow the guidance in this package to prepare yourself for and then take the Army PT test. The APRT should be administered and documented twice. The first time prior to requesting a course start date and again immediately before departure.
(1) The unit commander must certify the results as an official memo to AFSOC/DOW, 100 Bartley Street, Suite 160W, Hurlburt Field, Florida, 32544-5273. Include the statement: "Successfully completed the Airborne physical fitness test according to AFCAT 36-2223 on (date) with a score of (list point values for each activity)."
(2) The test should be administered and certified again within 15 days of the class date. Students reporting without this certification or with a certification in excess of 15 days will be administered the APRT by the 507th Parachute Division at Ft Benning prior to class enrollment.
After completing medical and physical qualifications, the next step is to assign you to a jump position. Currently, only persons now assigned to or having an assignment to a unit with jump billets may attend the Airborne School at Ft Benning.*
(1) Contact CMSgt Steve Rosemier, AFSOC/DOW at DSN 579-2145. If not already at a jump location, we will work with AFPC to move get you an assignment to a jump location.
(2) Time on station requirements. Normally first-termers require 1 year time on station and second term/career airmen require 3 years Time-On-Station (TOS) for a CONUS to CONUS move and 2 years TOS for a CONUS to OCONUS. TOS waivers are available for those wanting to volunteer to jump.
(3) As with all other assignments, individual desires will be considered; but, Air Force requirements dictate the final unit of assignment.
After receiving a projected assignment, we will get you a class date in course J5AZA1T231 001. This is a three-week school at Fort Benning, GA. More information can be found in AFCAT 36-2223 and in this document.
(1) You will attend this course either TDY and return, TDY en route, or TDY from next duty location. The gaining MAJCOM will fund the school.
For more information about how you can be part of Combat Weather, see your Air Force recruiter or contact:
AFSOC/DOW CMSgt Steve Rosemier , Phone: DSN 579-2145 Comm 850-884-2145, Fax DSN 579-2243 Comm 850-884-2243