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Army Pararigger Badge

Enlisted personnel and officers may be granted this badge upon completion of the parachute rigger courses that are required and mandated by the US Army in order to be certified in the crucial task of prepping and packing parachutes for use. They are also required to jump with a parachute they pack in order to further demonstrate their dedication to attention to detail. The Army Parachutist Badge, also commonly known as “jump wings”, is a military decoration awarded by the United States Army to soldiers who have completed the basic parachuting training requirements. The badge was first created in 1941, during World War II, and was originally intended for award to personnel of the U.S. Army’s Airborne units. In 1943, the badge was authorized for award to any soldier of the U.S. Army who successfully completed the prescribed parachute training course, regardless of unit assignment. The most recent version of the Army Parachutist Badge recognizes three achievement levels: Basic, Senior, and Master. The Basic level is awarded after completion of the five jumps required for initial entry training. The Senior level is awarded after completion of 25 jumps, including 15 jumps with combat equipment. The Master level is awarded after completing 50 jumps, including 25 jumps with combat equipment. The Army Parachutist Badge is worn as a permanent decoration on the uniform, and is considered a prestigious badge within the U.S. Army. Paratroopers are often referred to as “legs” or “airborne”. The Army Parachutist Badge is a military decoration of the United States Army awarded to any soldier who successfully completes the basic parachuting training requirements. The badge is also commonly known as “jump wings” due to its wing-like shape. The Army Parachutist Badge is worn on the uniform of those personnel who are qualified as Army Paratroopers. The badge was first created in 1941, and was originally awarded to Paratroopers who had completed five jumps. The requirements for the badge were later increased to ten jumps, then fifteen jumps, and finally twenty-five jumps. The Senior level is awarded after completion of fifty jumps, and the Master level is awarded after completing one-hundred jumps. There are three levels of the Army Parachutist Badge: Basic, Senior, and Master. The Basic level is requited for all Paratroopers, and is awarded after completing five jumps. The Senior level is awarded after completion of fifty jumps, and the Master level is awarded after completing one-hundred jumps. There are also special versions of the badge that are awarded to those who complete jumps with military equipment, such as a rucksack or weapons. The Army Parachutist Badge is a coveted award, and is a symbol of the skill and dedication of Army Paratroopers. Their task is a stressful one and requires the upmost of attention to detail at all times. Those entrusted with this task take on a whole new outlook on things are they are entrusted with the safety of hundreds of their fellow paratroopers!
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