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.
BAC ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Commissioned Officer, Warrant Officer, Noncommissioned Officer, Enlisted Personnel, and qualified Cadets
Volunteer for the course
Be less than 36 years of age on ATRRS report date, unless you have an approved age waiver.
Physically qualify for parachute duty IAW AR 40-501, Hearing Conservation Program
Be prepared to pass the APFT with a score of 180 points (60 points per event) using the 17 to 21 year age-group scale as the standard, administered on day one of training.
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.
BAC CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
Military identification card
Identification tags: One long and one short chain interlaced, with one ID tag per chain (and medical alert badge if required).
Military issue eyeglasses 2 pair with retainer straps, as required. (Due to fragility of civilian eyeglasses, it is suggested they not be worn during BAC training.) Contact lenses are NOT authorized.
ACU Patrol cap 2 each (Beret is acceptable for foreign students only)
Soldiers who have been issued CTA-50 equipment must bring the Advanced Combat Helmet to the Basic Airborne Course.
ACUs with appropriate rank, insignia, nametapes, and branch tapes, minimum 4 sets
Issued belt 2 each
Tan undershirts or other service authorized undershirts (worn with ACUs) 5 each
Underwear 5 each
Service PT Uniform. To include Army T-shirt (short and long sleeve), shorts (summer), sweat top, sweat pants, gloves with inserts, and authorized cap (winter). For those services not issued organizational PT uniforms including long sleeve PT shirt (such as some Navy and Air Force units), appropriate civilian PT clothes are acceptable. Appropriate colors include solid black, gray, brown, or dark blue attire free of unit and commercial logos.
Standard issue combat boots for ACUs. Hot weather/temperate weather tan boots for ACU's. 2 pair (Note: altered boots are not authorized)
Wet Weather Top
Cushion soled socks black or green (for wear with boots) 5 pair
Civilian running shoes
Authorized Civilian white athletic socks (must cover the ankle), 5 pair
Boot cleaning gear
Towels 3 each
Washcloths 3 each
Heavy duty padlocks 2 each (combination locks required)
AR 40-5, Preventive Medicine and AR 40-63, Ophthalmic Services Does not authorize contact lenses for wear in field (dirty or dusty) environments, because BAC students are trained in a dirty, or dusty, environment CONTACT LENSES CANNOT BE WORN DURING BAC TRAINING.
BAC students are only authorized to wear issued combat boots with no alterations.
White athletic socks will have no stripes or commercial product markings and will extend beyond the ankles.
Personnel must provide their own military issue black gloves with liners.
During winter season (October - March) authorized PT headgear cap and authorized cold weather jacket (i.e., Gortex-lined waterproof parka).
During summer season (April - September) Personnel must provide their own sunscreen with an SPF of 50
DO NOT bring any Personally Owned Weapons to the course.
NOTES: Dietary supplements are not authorized for use by any personnel attending courses on Ft. Benning. These supplements are sold under a variety of brand names, including but not limited to Ripped Fuel, Metabolife, Xenadrine, etc.
STUDENT MILITARY APPEARANCE AND INSPECTION STANDARDS
There will be a roll call inspection on Friday of the report week to familiarize you with roll call, inspection standards, and procedures. Personnel from Reserve Components, National Guard, and other services, or countries, will wear Standard Issue ACU or fatigue (utility) type uniforms for training. ALL students will comply with U.S. Army Regulations concerning grooming.
Instructors will conduct inspections the morning of each training day.
Hair: Hair will be cut to the standards contained in AR 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia.
Face: Male students will be clean-shaven at all times during Airborne training. Students will NOT wear make-up in the training area.
Helmet: Helmets will be inspected by the company trainers to ensure that the helmets are properly configured and serviceable.
ACU shirt and trousers, cold weather jackets, black gloves with inserts, and tan undershirts will be clean and serviceable IAW AR 670-1. NO corporate advertisements, logograms, or printing are authorized on undershirts. Uniforms will NOT be starched.
Belts will be clean, serviceable, and worn IAW the student's branch of service.
Boots will be free of all dirt or gravel and laced prior to the first work formation. All boots will be clean and serviceable.
All services must wear a ACU Patrol cap or equivalent while on duty. Foreign students are discouraged from wearing berets, but may do so if no other headgear is available for their uniform.
Military identification card and identification tags: One long and one short chain interlaced, with one ID tag per chain (with medical alert badge as required).
Students will not wear the army black, maroon, or green beret outside of the training. The only authorized head gear is either the ballistic helmet or patrol cap.
Students will not wear jewelry in the training area. One designated student per class will wear or carry a watch.
Male student's hair will be IAW AR 670-1.
Female students may not wear metal pins or barrettes in their hair.
Student headgear in the training area is a serviceable Parachutist's Helmet.
NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE TRAINING AREA
PERSONAL CLOTHING AND CIVILIAN CLOTHING APPEARANCE STANDARDS
Wall locker storage space for personal clothing in the billets is limited. However, students may bring a reasonable amount of appropriate civilian clothing may be brought to the BAC. Soldiers at Fort Benning are expected to wear appropriate civilian clothing and present a neat, clean, military appearance during off-duty time. Students must be aware that MCoE Regulation 600-5, Civilian Clothing Standards, which addresses the wear of civilian clothing on Fort Benning, is strictly enforced in on-post facilities. Examples of clothing prohibited for wear in on-post facilities are: clothing which presents a provocative appearance, dirty clothing, underclothing worn as an outer garment; mesh T-shirts, "muscle shirts", tube tops, tank tops, bikini swim suit tops, any shirt which has had the sleeves cut off, or clothing that presents a ragged or torn appearance; modified items of military clothing (cut-off ACU trousers, ACU Coat, Cold Weather, (ACU Universal Camouflage Pattern) with the sleeves cut-off or shortened), clothing with profanity written or printed on it, shorts which do not present a proper or tasteful appearance, or shower shoes. Soldiers are expected to comply with all changes to AR 670-1 that impact personal appearance standards while in civilian clothing.
Students attending the BAC must conduct themselves in an appropriate and disciplined manner, on-duty and off-duty. BAC students are not authorized to consume alcoholic beverages within 24-hours prior to a training day and are not authorized to possess alcoholic beverages in the billets. Students who violate provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) will be quickly disciplined, and may be permanently dropped from airborne training with subsequent assignment as a non-graduate. DOD policy in reference to body piercing is strictly enforced (i.e. NO BODY PIERCING OF MALE OR FEMALE SOLDIERS ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON OR OFF DUTY WHILE ON A MILITARY INSTALLATION, FEMALES ARE AUTHORIZED EARRINGS WHILE OFF DUTY). Under no circumstances may a student bring a Personally Owned Weapon to the course.
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.