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27 Things You Learn Jumping Out Of A Plane With Special Forces

Don't pee your pants.

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Did you know that guy is probably in the Special Forces?

There is only one Special Forces public demonstration team that exists in America. These guys are known as U.S. Special Operations para-commandos. Their mission is to raise awareness about the Special Operations Command by doing cool stunts around the country.

1. If you want to jump out of a plane with para-commandos, you will have to trek 40 miles outside of Tampa Bay to the middle of freaking nowhere.

The para-commandos are made up of Special Forces operators and are based in Florida.

6. In case that chute fails, there is a specialized device located at the top of their bag that, if needed, EXPLODES AND SHOOTS OUT RAZOR BLADES.

This is so that the backup chute can open and the old chute can be cut off.

9. To jump out of a plane with the para-commandos you must first sit through a 15-minute safety training course in their trailer.

A Green Beret named Keith explains to you how dangerous everything is and how helpless you are. Keith is the team leader of the para-commandos.

15. The plane you are in looks like this:

You are packed like sardines around guys who kill terrorists, sometimes. About halfway up, your tandem partner begins placing giant clamps on you.

16. Right about when the plane reaches an altitude that reminds you of a commercial airline flight, the plastic door swings open.

This is about 13,000 feet up. The gust of air here physically knocks the wind out of you.

17. Casual.

And then, as casually as you would exit a parked car, para-commandos start stepping out of the plane.

... and dangles you over the ledge.


20. They tell you, "Remember to breathe because you will be falling at 135 miles per hour and breathing is difficult."

*remember to breathe* *remember to breathe* *remember to breathe* *remember to breathe* *remember to breathe* *remember to breathe* *remember to breathe*

27. Oh, did I mention being a para-commando is a volunteer duty?

There is no extra pay involved. All of these guys still have full-time jobs elsewhere in the military. They go out and do this in support of the Special Operation soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen deployed to over 100 countries around the world.

Cool day, bro.

And head home.

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