Location: Lawton, OK
Parachute riggers are primarily responsible for repairing textile and canvas items, webbed equipment and clothing.
- Rig supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop
- Perform technical, routine and in-storage rigger-type inspection on cargo, extraction and personnel parachute as well as other airdrop equipment before, during and after each use
- Inventory, clean, receive, store and issue all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations
- Use and maintain machines and tools for fabrication, modification and repair to parachute and other airdrop equipment
- Inspect, test and install extraction and release systems
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for a parachute rigger requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Parachute rigging techniques
- Maintenance of air-sea rescue equipment
- Repair of inflatable rafts and other survival equipment
- Maintenance of oxygen equipment
- Knowledge of shop mechanics and science
- High attention to detail
- Interest contributing to the safety of others