There are a number of different units in the United States Military that require paratroop experience or knowing how to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a parachute, but there are not that many places to receive a jump school education. It is a specific specialized skill required for a variety of military and battlefield applications, and it is required by many of the services for different units in order to be military ready and operational. There are various civilian locations to learn how to parachute, but in the military the main place to receive parachute training is with the Jump School ran by the United States Army.
1st Battalion, 507th Infantry, United States Army Airborne is the unit in charge of the US Army Airborne Jump School. They are the military personnel assigned to train personnel from any of the services that require parachute and paratrooper skills. They are experts at instructing parachute students how to jump efficiently and safely. All five branches of the US Armed Forces that need to have their personnel trained in parachute jumping send their students to this school, and it has personnel on its instruction staff from the four main military US Service branches. (Normally the U.S. Coast Guard is not represented on Staff). Instructors and staff on site at the Jump School are all known as “Airborne Sergeant” or “Black Hats,”.
The basics are taught by the Army they have a long successful history of teaching people how to parachute and the right way to jump out of airplanes. Because the Army had the first military flying aircraft, and the Air Force was once part of the Army prior to World War II, the Army has always been in the business of instructing students how to properly parachute and jump out of airplanes with parachutes. The Army Jump School has a reputation for knowing how to instruct students in this, and how to do so safely and swiftly without any injured personnel.
The Army Jump is located at Fort Benning, Georgia, and it is attended every week of the year that it is open for classes. Navy SEALs, in addition to specialized Aircrews from all four services, Special Forces Army Personnel, sometimes even field corpsmen that are assigned to Special Operations units have to learn how to parachute.