Did you know that you can go airborne in the Army National Guard? That’s right, most states have at least one airborne unit in their state. Some states have even more, depending upon the size of the force and force structure. These units jump several times per year to stay qualified. In some cases they even qualify for jump pay.
Certain types of airborne units in the Army National Guard might include:
If you are just joining the National Guard and want to go to airborne school, make sure you get it in your contract. If you will be assigned to an airborne unit there’s a high chance that airborne school will be easy to get. On the other hand, if you are assigned to a non-airborne unit, you can still get airborne school, but it is much harder to do. Each state normally gets a few airborne slots each year. Those slots are given to units based upon a variety of factors, such as available funding.
Personally, I never went to airborne school. But I like the idea of being a paratrooper on a part-time basis. It’s like the best of both worlds. I’ve attached a couple neat videos showing some airborne operations. Enjoy.
On a side note, if you ever served as a part-time paratrooper in the Army National Guard, I would love to hear from you. Please tell us what unit you were assigned to and what your experience was like. Just leave a comment to share your thoughts.