ROTC careers that you can jump in

AnonnonA

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what are some careers I can commission into that will allow me to jump?

I already know STO and CRO jump a lot, but as far as ALO goes, I am very uncertain as to whether or not all of them jump or only a few of them. Are there any other career fields that I can jump in fairly often to somewhat often?

Thanks a lot in advance.
 

Bullet

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Based on your question, I'm going to assume you're talking about Air Force careers since you specifically mention STOs, CROs, and ALOs. You are correct that STOs and CROs jump regularly. For the ALO career field, it depends on which Army unit you are supporting. If you're supporting an Airborne unit, like the 82nd, then you have to be jump-qualified and you'll jump often.

Becoming HALO qualified is an entirely different situation, and you'll only become and maintain HALO qualification if you're current assignment requires it.
 

scoutpilot

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Come on over to the Army...my left knee says you can have my jump slot 6 days a week and twice on Sunday.
 

Lahey

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Sorry bud but if you are air force there isnt much chance u will be jumping at all less' ur special forces.
 

Jcc123

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Sorry bud but if you are air force there isnt much chance u will be jumping at all less' ur special forces.

Especially since Special Forces is an Army unit.

OP - just come on over to the dark side. You know you want to.
 

NavyHoops

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Concur that USAF has limited jumping roles. Army you have a much higher chance to jump. And as mentioned... jumping is harsh on the body. It is fun... a few times according to all my Army buddies who have spent time in jump roles. Now that we are old... they run away from every jump spot that can.
 

Pima

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Now that we are old... they run away from every jump spot that can.

Yep, and especially when they see how little jump pay is!

Jumping sounds great at your age, but one bad jump and you may be out of the game. Bullet was a Jump ALO with the 82nd. When he was at Benning for jump school a guy broke his ankle or leg (can't remember) needed surgery and from there he was told no more jumping for him due to the severity of the damage.

Point being...what if you have a bad jump and injure yourself to the point you can't jump anymore? What is your back up plan? You saying I want to jump is like other AF candidates saying I want to be a pilot. Not everyone in pilot training will wing.

Investigate the Army and the AF.
~ Jump ALO for the AF means you are jumping in with the Army and calling airstrikes. The most famous ALO I know is Prince Harry. He called in the F15Es, and that is when the media found out he was in Afghanistan.

OBTW when you get to 10 posts pm Christcorp. His DS is either going STO or CRO (can't remember) He can give you a ton of insight about how the program works for the AF.
 

Lahey

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~ Jump ALO for the AF means you are jumping in with the Army and calling airstrikes. The most famous ALO I know is Prince Harry. He called in the F15Es, and that is when the media found out he was in Afghanistan.
sorry to butt in, but what exactly is a "jump ALO"? I have performed a lot of google searches and seen lots of videos on the ALO career field, but nothing is coming up as a "jump" alo.

I know that depending on which unit an ALO is assigned to, he she may receive jump training, making them jump qualified. Is this what you are talking about??
Also another consideration is that many ALOs are not even jump qualified bc their unit doesnt require them to be. Going into an ALO career field with hopes of jumping might be wishful thinking
 

Pima

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Going into an ALO career field with hopes of jumping might be wishful thinking

I am not sure I agree with that opinion. Not many people want to jump out of perfectly good airplanes. Jump ALOs are volunteer. Even though there are not a lot of jump assignments it is just as true that there are not a lot that want to jump.
~ Bullet had his choice of 2 posts to jump with when he was ALO.

However, for the OP the point is what Bull stated you are not going to Jump everyday as an ALO. You jump into the combat zone with whatever Army unit you support and the rest of the time you are on the ground doing air support as an ALO.

Lurk on www.baseops.net They have an ALO forum where you can see more insight regarding the ALO world. As of 18 months ago they were still pulling fliers out to be ALOs because they are critically manned. NOT ENOUGH ALOs...hence not sure your opinion of it being wishful thinking is on the mark.
~ Rated officers will take that ALO tour to get a good deal. It is unusual for them to risk a major injury that could end their flying career for that good deal. They can do Korea remote for a year (non-jump) or jump with the 82nd for 2 yrs and have the same result....good deal.
~~ Bullet jumped with the 82nd for 2 yrs to get an Elmendorf assignment (F15E) our other friend went to SKorea (non-jump) for a yr and got the same assignment to Elmendorf.

I have been here for many eons and I can say with almost 1000% certainty that this is the 1st poster on the AFROTC side that is looking into ALO as a career. CC's DS did apply for CRO/STO and that is very competitive.
~ His DS did ED (RAND fellowship) and had a UPT follow up, but decided to apply, and was accepted to CRO/STO program. However, I do not where he stands right now, i.e. if he made it through CRO training.
 
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NavyHoops

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I would tend to think most pilots filling an ALO spot (FAC on the Navy/USMC side) would run away from jumping. Chances of getting injured are much higher.
 
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