Parachute Rigger (92R)

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

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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.


(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.



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.


(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.


(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.


(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.”