To Be a Paratrooper

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The paratrooper, first used extensively in World War II, gives an airborne force a tactical edge. Inserted into the battlefield from the air, the paratrooper can go into areas not accessible by land. He can evade enemy fortifications and force an army to spread its defenses to protect areas that normally would be safe by virtue of geography.

This book describes what it takes to be a paratrooper. From parachute training to operating as part of an airborne force, readers learn ...

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Overview

The paratrooper, first used extensively in World War II, gives an airborne force a tactical edge. Inserted into the battlefield from the air, the paratrooper can go into areas not accessible by land. He can evade enemy fortifications and force an army to spread its defenses to protect areas that normally would be safe by virtue of geography.

This book describes what it takes to be a paratrooper. From parachute training to operating as part of an airborne force, readers learn about the tactics, the training, and the mental and physical attributes that make these special forces some of the most respected and honored elite soldiers in the military.

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The Bookwatch, August 2007

“What does it take to jump into a hostile environment? Plenty of books provide overviews of military jobs, but few discuss the work of the paratrooper, and To Be a Paratrooper surveys everything from parachute training to operating in a paratrooper force. Chapters surveying the physical and mental training and requirements pack color photos with discussions of equipment and work, making this a perfect pick for any military library focusing on military jobs.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760330463
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Series: To Be A Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Mast enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1978 and was commissioned in 1983. Following his active military service he worked in the defense industry on classified projects, as a web communications specialist at design studios, as a freelance graphic designer, and has owned a traditional Irish pub. He and his wife live in San Jose, California.

Hans Halberstadt studied documentary film in college and later took up writing, authoring or co-authoring more than fifty books. Most of his books have been on military subjects, especially U.S. special operations forces, armor, and artillery. He has also written extensively about farming and railroads. Halberstadt served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. He and his wife, April, live in San Jose, California.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

One                 Get Ready: Preparation for Basic Airborne Course

Two                 Reporting In

Three              Ground Week

Four                Tower Week

Five                 Jump Week

Six                   Life After the Basic Airborne Course

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