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How 75,000 Parachutes Are Packed Each Year At Army Airborne School | Boot Camp

[Music] this is the most crucial moment for every student during airborne school the moment the parachute deploys after jumping if anything is wrong with the parachute itself no amount of training can stave off a potential disaster that’s why every parachute is packed and inspected by a team of riggers who collectively prepare about 75 000 shoots each year it may seem like a simple job but the stakes couldn’t be higher it doesn’t matter how many i have to pack every shoot matters every jumper matters there can be no compromise with perfection without the riggers we can’t do anything i tell them all the time hey you have our lives in your hands you wanna put one on insiders spent a day with the rigors of the first 507th parachute infantry regiment to find out how these shoots are packed and checked before a live jump i had a gi joe back in the day and he was a paratrooper i used to just sit around packing his chute i always told like my family if i ever did join the military pretty sure i could get a job packing parachutes and here i am along with graduating from airborne school riggers must complete 13 weeks of specialized training culminating with jumping out of a live aircraft using a parachute that they packed themselves to fully understand the gravity of the equipment that you are preparing for a jumper who’s putting his life in your hands as the parachute packer i don’t believe that you can fully comprehend that unless you are prepared to take that leap yourself base pay for a rigger is about twenty two thousand dollars a year and increases with experience and ascension in rank they’re supervised by in-process inspectors or ip’s who wear red hats and perform eight different checks during the packing process so the parachutes being packed right now on the tables behind me is the t11 main it is the static line parachute that we use here at the airborne school and it is the primary static line parachute for the army each t11 parachute costs about four thousand dollars and takes 24 to 30 minutes to fully pack serial number 40884 we verify that we have the correct information in the book so an event of a situation the information can be tracked down and traced back to who packed it when it was packed who inspected it flaking the canopy exposes the panels ensuring each one gets folded and packed for a safe deployment upon jumping this is pretty much the longest process the air channel must be clear so that it can inflate properly this is my line separator put it in between a group of lines and i place the packing weight on top 28 suspension lines connect the parachutes canopy to the harness separated into four groups so i’m going to verify that i don’t have any twists turns or tangles my pee is down there making sure that they’re not tangled my ip will count the panels of the parachute you should have 15 on that side and 13 on this side i’m starting the long fold i grab my sleeve now i can begin to pull the chute into the deployment bag now i can begin stilling keeping the lines tight neat as i can close my flap the entire process contains about a dozen individual steps and down here i take my static line secure it and that is the back of the t11 each rigger is limited to packing 15 parachutes a day due to the severity and seriousness of our job we want to avoid anybody overworking themselves or over exerting themselves and becoming fatigued because everybody can only do so much before they start losing the ability to perform at a hundred percent each parachute has a service life of 12 and a half years before it’s removed from circulation what was the deficiency with that guy holding the apex yeah sometimes riggers discover deficiencies during packing and take the parachute out of circulation shoots that are successfully packed and inspected are sent to a hangar where students pick them up before donning them every step i’m taking i’m like hey this is someone’s life in my hands i know that they would they would want me to pack a good shoe for them really and make sure that they can get down to the ground safely and make it home to their families at the end of the day [Music]
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