Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence


Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Site

Basic Airborne Course (BAC)

Student Information


The Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Course are still being conducted as sterile courses to protect the students and cadre from COVID-19. Preventive measures are taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the Soldiers in the course and to mitigate potential exposure to COVID-19. Students from outside of Fort Benning who originally had ATRRS reservations may attend currently scheduled courses if the following actions are taken.

  1. All students reporting to the Airborne Course (2E-SI5P/SQIP/011-SQIP) and Ranger Course will quarantine at their current duty station for 14 days and travel to Ft Benning via sterile transportation.
  2. Student's current unit submits a memorandum to United States Army Infantry School (USAIS) Commandant for approval to attend the desired functional school stating quarantine procedures and sterile transportation to FBGA. The memo must be signed by 1-star General Officer and submitted to United States Army Infantry School (USAIS) Commandant for review and approval.
  3. Quarantine is defined as, a 14 day period in a barracks or barracks like environment with minimal outside contact to ensure no spread of viral vectors to individuals in quarantine.
  4. Sterile Transportation is defined as, government transportation with no exposure to outside threats during the trip. It does not include commercial air, rail, bus, or POV travel. Units are responsible to consolidate students and procure sterile, government transportation from origin to Fort Benning, GA.
  5. Individuals that fail to meet the requirements as outlined above will not gain entry to the course and will be returned to their point of origin.
Day Zero activities include:
  1. Student accountability
  2. COVID screening
  3. Administrative / Medical in-processing into Ranger School
  4. Student turned over to 4th RTBn for in-processing and Day 1 activities.

This section provides the prospective Basic Airborne Course (BAC) volunteer with information on the 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment organization, administrative information, student appearance standards, billeting, student mail and the BAC Leave and Pass Policy.

The purpose of the BAC is to qualify the volunteer in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.

The BAC is conducted IAW the authority contained in AR 600-8-22, Military Awards. Volunteers selected for training must meet the requirements specified in DA PAM 351-4, The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management.

Airborne Soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women–people who have always set the example for determination and courage. When you volunteer for this training, you accept the challenge of continuing this tradition. The Airborne Soldiers of the past set high standards–it is now up to you to maintain them!

Unless otherwise stated, whenever the masculine gender is used, both men and women are included.

While each student must bring sufficient money for personal expenses, the student should not bring more than $50.00 in cash. Additional funds should be in traveler's checks or money orders. Money orders should be made out in the student's name before arrival. It is highly suggested that amounts over $50 be stored in the company safe.

Waiver Guidance Airborne School