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UH-60 Rappel Drill Goes Very Wrong

Might want to take a mulligan on this one guys. Troops having a tough go at UH-60 rappel training. Much harder than it looks, and it looks hard.

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  1. 28144334
    28144334 Jun 11, 2013

    Dork weinies

  2. 26472852
    26472852 Jun 12, 2013

    Happens from the rotor wash.. First time I did it with a full load I almost did the same thing. I just jumped before I got to that point

  3. cplmartinez
    cplmartinez Jun 12, 2013

    It's actually quit easy...for Marines! Chin check.... HA !!!

  4. awahilii
    awahilii Jun 12, 2013

    The rappel master should be NJP. AND the instructors...you ain't no instructor as far as this old Rappel Master is concerned, you need to be busted for dereliction of duty and endangerment of troops. What a crock of feces!

  5. LogicMine
    LogicMine Jun 13, 2013

    I remember going through rappelling training and quite frankly, its EASIER to rappel from a helicopter because you don't slam into a RAPPELLING WALL on the way down. You fall into what seems like an ABYSS. As long as your Belay doesn't pull on the rope and brake you prematurely. As my instructor used to say: " Brake off and kick out Vigorously!" Now maybe its changed since then but I never banged myself into the side of a helicopter. I think AWAHILLII may be on to something.

  6. 6747546
    6747546 Jun 14, 2013

    Thats why they used to use the slack jump. By the time you hit the end of your slack you were clear of the helcopter

  7. HooterBro92
    HooterBro92 Jun 17, 2013

    The only impressive thing about this is how stable the pilot kept that aircraft.

  8. Chalkblock
    Chalkblock Jun 18, 2013

    When you end up in that position it is call Air Assualt Possum

  9. 8925556
    8925556 Jun 18, 2013

    I hope this is equipment failure. the Navy never gave me a ropoe when I had to jump....Of course I jumped in the water...muhahahah

  10. 8636221
    8636221 Jun 19, 2013

    Either their bilay man was pulling too hard on those ropes or someone didn't do very well on their rigging set up at Air Assault School!

  11. arthurz11a
    arthurz11a Jun 19, 2013

    once again military.com has proved how irresponsible it is by playing silly music during a video which shows soldiers lives in danger due to poor training and a lack of proper leadership . This situation should not be made light of but be given serious consideration soldiers lives were in danger this is the army not the boy scouts or the Benny hill show .your cavalier attitudes proves that there is a disrespectful attitude to soldier there families and our fallen heroes shame on you .

  12. Mvrckmr
    Mvrckmr Jun 19, 2013

    the class needs more training on the wall, and aircraft mockups, specifically on getting into the "L" position immediately upon swinging out of the aircraft. more training needs to be done with the belay man as well. we had instructors telling the belay men to yank the rope as soon as they saw a little slack in the rope. this causes the rapeller to be pulled below the aircraft when he swings out. i also note that in a real air assault, there would be no belay man. the ropes would be dropped and the men would rapel down. the guys in the video do not appear to be kicking out as they release their brake hand, thus they bang into the aircraft. it looks like they are just releasing their brake hand. when i went through aas, there was one rapel master on the aircraft to monitor trainees on both sides of the sircraft, i would have had one for each side of the sircraft. i know this is done so it alternates from side to side, but when a trainee has a problem, he needs immediate attention. i think the course should be longer due to the inclusion of road marches and sling loads in the class. not everyone in the 101st is cut out to rapel, it takes upper and lower body strength and technique.

  13. AirWing11.
    AirWing11. Jun 20, 2013

    Hahaha, right 8925556. I have to agree it took some skill to keep that Helo centered like that. I have only flown 6 or 7 dive ops on the Seahawk. But yeah all you have to do is hop out the helo and into the water. No Ropes, nothin.

  14. 27691318
    27691318 Jun 20, 2013

    Its not as easy as it looks. This looks just like my first jump but the second one was for real. We had to rappel into an ongoing fire fight at night. Fortunatly all the green tracers stayed horizontal. I dont think the NVA could hear us through all the noise of the fire fight??????

  15. Budoka
    Budoka Jun 23, 2013

    It's easy to comment, but if you're not Air Assualt your means nothing!

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