Skinner Graduates ‘Jump School’

Matt Skinner has graduated from the three-week airborne training course, also known as “jump school,” at the U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

The airborne school allows Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) cadets attending host colleges and universities to earn their jump wings.

After completing the course as qualified paratroopers, cadets return to their college or university ROTC program to pursue a commission of second lieutenant in the Army.

During the first or ground week of training, students undergo a rigorous, progressive physical training program and receive instruction in the theory of parachute jumping, safe landing falls, mock door exiting, and wearing a parachute harness and lateral drift apparatus.

The second or tower week of training includes jumping from a 34-foot tower, practical use of the swing landing trainer, suspended harness apparatus, mock door mass exiting procedures, and the 250-foot free tower jump.

In the final or jump week, students complete five static-line parachute jumps which includes one day and one night jump off C-130 and C-141 transport aircraft.

The cadet is a student at Syracuse University.

Skinner is the grandson of Doug Skinner of Port Dickinson, NY.

He is a graduate of Oswego High School, Oswego.