News: Adrenaline rush: airborne Marines train to become Jump Master certified
Story by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with 2nd Air Delivery Platoon, 2nd Marine Logistics Group trained with a multitude of airborne units at a jump master’s course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 19.
Sgt. 1st Class Walter Veazey and two other [jump master] instructors from the Army Advanced Airborne School traveled from Ft. Bragg, N.C., to train and certify airborne Marines as jump masters here.
“As a paratrooper you get told to do everything, whether it’s ‘get on the plane,’ or ‘pull your chute’ … as jump masters these Marines will be in charge of the other airborne personnel,” said Veazey. “They can be part of mission planning, executing timelines and will be responsible for the safety of everyone else.”
To be considered a jump master Marines must safely demonstrate all jump commands and safeties, check the aircraft properly and complete a 50 question test, which includes multiple choice and written questions. They must also inspect two airborne Marines with no combat load, and one with a full combat load in a five minute timeframe.
To even be considered for the jump master course one must be a noncommissioned or commissioned officer. Marine Corps corporals must have completed 15 jumps, sergeants must have completed 12 jumps, and every service member must have completed a jump within 30 days of attending the course.
While in the course, Marines also learn about individual aircraft specifications, establishing drop zones, drop zone sizes for various speeds and what changes must be made when increasing the amount of jumpers.
“It’s great to see the confidence build as the Marines progress in their training,” said Veazey. “Everyone here actually wants to be here doing this training … their motivation is always high and that motivates me to keep doing this."