Back when I was at Bragg I used to enjoy stopping by Ft. Benning on my way home (just outside Ft. Rucker, AL) on leave and watching the kids go through their paces at Jump School. Living just over 100 miles from Bennng I've had the opportunity to go back and visit several times, most recently to help my nephew "turn blue" last fall.
The one thing I've noticed during my last few visits is that the old alma mater doesn't seem as busy these past couple years as it used to be. When I went through (and for years before and after) you used to almost be able to set your watch by the school's training schedule. I knew if I was passing through post on a Monday I could go by the old Ground Committee and see the guys doing their first PLFs or go by Tower Committee and maybe see them practicing mass exits from the 34 ft towers depending on what time it was. I also knew that weather permitting chances were a drive out to Fryar Field would let you see jumps on Mondays through Wednesdays. Thursdays and maybe Fridays it was 250 ft Towers. The last few times I've passed through it's pretty much been dead over there, 'don't know if it's I've just hit at the wrong times or if they've changed up the schedule. Someone told me the school doesn't go by the old Zero-Week, Ground Week, Tower Week, Jump Week schedule anymore. I'd like to know (without jeopardizing National Security) how the course is run now.
Another question I have is whether or not the school is still tough or not. When I went through we lost about two hundred the first day from the PT Test and I don't know how many were forced out through Break Area Procedures and other fun and games. What's it like now?
I can't question the quality of the product, these young troops serving today are doing a superb job, just want to know out of curiosity what the course is like. Thanks in advance.