Fort Benning

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


Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Site

Basic Airborne Course (BAC)

Entrance Requirements


  • Commissioned Officer, Warrant Officer, Noncommissioned Officer, Enlisted Personnel, and qualified Cadets
  • Volunteer for the course
  • Physically qualify for parachute duty IAW AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness Volunteers must achieve Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) standards for the 17-21 year age category and successfully execute the flexed arm hang (FAH) for twenty seconds as an assessment for Airborne training. This is a safety mitigation measure to ensure students can pull and hold a slip to safely avoid fellow jumpers in the air, obstacles on the ground, and assume a proper prepare to land attitude. The APFT and flexed arm hang are two SEPARATE events. Both events will be conducted on the first day of Airborne School. The APFT will be conducted first until completion. The Flex Arm Hang will be conducted immediately after completion of the APFT. All students who do not meet the standards of the APFT will be offered a onetime retest 24 hours later. Failure to successfully meet the standard of the APFT on the initial test and the retest will result in a drop from the Basic Airborne Course. Students who fail to meet the initial FAH assessment will be re-evaluated throughout the course. A final assessment for these personnel will be conducted on the last day of Tower Week Training, prior to Jump Week. For those students who fail the initial FAH assessment and are required to retest, a recommendation will be made to the chain-of-command. Those recommendations include: drop from the course, recycle back through Tower Week for an additional week of training, or allow the Soldier to proceed to jump week with a waiver. Each recommendation will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be based on a holistic assessment of the student's performance throughout Ground and Tower weeks.

    Description of the Flexed Arm Hang: Students are required to mount the bar from a fully extended hang position with the palms of the hands facing the body. The students, upon receiving the command to pull themselves up, will pull their body weight until the head and chin are above the bar with the bar at nametape level. Once in this position, the student is required to hold this position for 20 seconds, thus demonstrating the ability to hold a slip with the T-11 ATPS.
  • start position

    flexed arm hang start position

    assessment position

    Flex arm hang assessment position

  • USMA Cadets must complete Cadet Basic Training
  • ROTC cadets must be under scholarship or contracted.
  • Enlisted personnel must have completed Basic Combat Training, OSUT, or other service equivalent training
  • Commanders selecting personnel to attend the BAC will refer to AR 614-110, Assignment of Airborne Officers and Processing Volunteers for Training and AR 614-200, Enlisted Assignments and Utilization Management for information on airborne volunteer selection and processing
  • POC for questions: Student Accountability 706-545-4874 or DSN 835-4874.