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Until Soldiers grow wings, their parachutes must be dependable.

This undeniable fact underscores the importance of ensuring every parachute opens as planned. There is no room for error.

As a Soldier working in Military Occupational Specialty: Parachute Rigger, you will wear the red hat with pride, knowing that you are responsible for contributing to the safety of your fellow service men and women.

Testimonial

(taking pride in their job, importance of their responsibilities)

Before training in this MOS you must first qualify as a military parachutist at the Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

You will then receive thirteen weeks of training at the rigger school at Fort Lee,

Virginia in the exacting art of parachute rigging…

… the folding of a parachute’s sections, or gores…

… attaching the folded chute to the deployment bag…

… stowing the chute, and finally, stowing the all-important suspension lines.

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(training)

Once you’ve mastered this process, you’ll jump with a chute you packed yourself…

This is a rite of passage each trainee must complete.

During your career, you will jump at least once every three months, to keep your jump status current…

… and to reinforce another promise in the Pledge: to pack every chute as if you were going to jump with it.

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(why jumping regularly is important)

Personnel chutes are a large part of a rigger’s responsibilities, but rigging cargo chutes is equally as demanding.

During this phase, you will rig cargo chutes ranging from twelve- to one-hundred-feet in diameter…

Chutes capable of tremendous loads.

In addition, you will load and rig all types of supplies and equipment…

… and participate in at least three air-drop missions with loads you have prepared yourself.

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(different aspects of job, cargo rigging)

In addition to packing chutes and preparing pallets, you will train to repair and inspect all types of parachutes.

After your initial training and advanced individual training, your duties may involve sewing canopy patches…

… repairing suspension lines…

… or recovering equipment.

Serving in this MOS can help you transition from the military to the civilian employment sector.

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(Career Advancement & Benefits for Civilian Life)

Earn your wings with a challenging Army career full of action…

… and live by the motto: “I will be sure, always.”

Parachute Rigger (92R)

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Overview

Parachute riggers are primarily responsible for repairing textile and canvas items, webbed equipment and clothing.

Job Duties

  • Rig supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop
  • Perform technical, routine and in-storage rigger-type inspection on cargo, extraction and personnel parachute as well as other airdrop equipment before, during and after each use
  • Inventory, clean, receive, store and issue all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations
  • Use and maintain machines and tools for fabrication, modification and repair to parachute and other airdrop equipment
  • Inspect, test and install extraction and release systems

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for a parachute rigger requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Parachute rigging techniques
  • Maintenance of air-sea rescue equipment
  • Repair of inflatable rafts and other survival equipment
  • Maintenance of oxygen equipment

Helpful Skills

  • Knowledge of shop mechanics and science
  • High attention to detail
  • Interest contributing to the safety of others

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM): 88, Combat (CO): 87

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with commercial airlines, parachute rigging and supply companies, survival equipment manufacturing firms or some government agencies.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

 

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.

 

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Parachute Rigger