Army Airborne Training
I received an email that brought back a few old memories of Army Airborne training in Fort Benning, GA. This young soldier wishes to become an Army Ranger and wants to know what he needs to do to prepare each step of the way.
If anyone is preparing to become a member of any Special Operations Group (Army SF, Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine RECON, Air Force PJs, EOD units, and others) they all must graduate from the Army Basic Airborne Course (BAC) in Fort Benning. Not only is it a prerequisite for Special Ops, but it has become a mandatory school to further your Army career as well. So let the BAC be a starting point to making your future in the Army bright, exciting, and fulfilling.
To prepare for BAC, you need to pass the Army PFT with a score of 180 and be able to hold a flexed arm hang for 10 seconds*. At age bracket 17-21 that is only a score of:
|2 mile run||15:54||18:54|
These scores are below average for the caliber of student who easily graduates Airborne without any trouble on the daily runs and PT. I would recommend getting closer to the 80 - 100% on the APFT so you can enjoy the training and better concentrate on the mission at hand - jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. The 80-100 range is:
|2 mile run||13:00 - 14:24||15:36 - 17:12|
If your goals are to one day become an Army Ranger or solider in the Special Forces, you definitely want to be able to ace the Army PFT with a 300 or better. The following training for any SF school will require much more out of you that Airborne, but Airborne is a great first step to "jump" starting your career. Many of my favorite PT programs to train for the Army PFT can be found in the following Military.com links:
Now, let's meet those physical standards and surpass the 180 minimum score and aim higher. While you are taking the time to exercise to prepare for the training, pick up the training a notch and really get yourself in top shape. Non-combatants and combatants of the Army alike, now more than ever need to raise the bar and be able to perform at higher standards. Be ready and train hard in all areas - we are in a war! Good luck to all soldiers and future soldiers alike. Thanks for your service.
The Military.com Fitness eBook Store can help you prepare for the next phase of your training. Email fitness author and former Navy SEAL Stew Smith your questions and he will answer and may use them as part of this column. There is a new Airborne Workout in the store now and an Air Assault School Workout in the works.
For more on the administrative, physical, and medical requirements check out:
- U.S. Army Infantry Hompage
Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Military.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at Military.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, and Maximum Fitness. As a military fitness trainer, Stew has trained hundreds of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, Air Force PJ, Ranger Training, and other physical law enforcement professions. Stew's Profile