MOS 92R Parachute Rigger Duty Descriptions

Overview

Parachute riggers are primarily responsible for repairing textile and canvas items, webbed equipment and clothing.


Job Duties

Rig supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop

Perform technical, routine and in-storage rigger-type inspection on cargo, extraction and personnel parachute as well as other airdrop equipment before, during and after each use

Inventory, clean, receive, store and issue all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations

Use and maintain machines and tools for fabrication, modification and repair to parachute and other airdrop equipment

Inspect, test and install extraction and release systems




92R2P - INSPECTOR TESTER
Squad Leader responsible for the health, welfare, morale, training and accountability for 2 Soldiers; supervises subordinates performing maintenance on personal and cargo parachutes; inspects equipment prior to repair, modification and conversion; performs demilitarization of unserviceable air times; maintains accountability through proper hand receipt procedures on mission equipment; maintains and operates equipment valued in excess of $200,000; supervises the in process of all personal and cargo parachutes; supervises Soldiers in the inspection and packing of all personnel and cargo parachutes


Parachute Rigger
Performs duties as a parachute rigger and maintains life support equipment for the U.S. Army Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Ranger Training Brigade (RTB), and Warrior Training Center (WTC); rigs and prepares supplies and equipment for airdrop; enforces compliance with standard operating procedures, safety inspections and physical fitness; responsible for the health, morale, welfare, discipline and performance of 3 NCOs, 7 Soldiers and 5 DA civilians.




SKILL LEVEL 1


VEHICLE OPERATOR

Responsible for the operation of military vehicles for both supply and non-supply operations, ranging from small two axle passenger vehicles to large cargo carrying vehicles. These vehicles will be operated in varying terrain conditions. Conducts Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) and is responsible for maintaining the operational readiness of assigned equipment.


PARACHUTE PACKER

Packs personnel parachutes for the unit personnel and for personnel of supported units. Packs cargo parachutes in support of airdrop operations. Shakes out personnel and small cargo parachutes. Drop-tests personal parachutes to check rigger proficiency. Some of your duties as a Parachute Packer may include; performing a pack-in-progress inspection; removing turns, tangles, and twists; looking for rips, holes, broken suspension lines, and any other deficiency that would render a parachute unserviceable.


PARACHUTE PACKER AIRDROP SPECIALIST

Inventories, cleans, receives, stores and issues all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations. Rig supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop. Assembles airdrop platform, cushioning materials, cargo, extraction and personnel parachute along with other airdrop related equipment. Inspect, tests and installs extraction and release systems. Perform technical, routine and in-storage rigger-type inspection on cargo, extraction and personnel parachute as well as other airdrop equipment before, during and after each use. Drop-test troop-type personnel parachute to check proficiency. Also performs duties as a Parachute Packer.


AIRDROP EQUIPMENT REPAIR SPECIALIST

Performs field maintenance on all damaged parachutes, textile components and other airdrop equipment. Operates and maintains sewing machines, power equipment, and tools for fabrication, modification, and repair to parachute and other related airdrop equipment. Inspects and classifies airdrop items. Tracks airdrop items scheduled for repair. May serve as a Material Handling Equipment (MHE) operator. Receives, stores, and issues items.




SKILL LEVEL 2


PERSONNEL PARACHUTE PACK IN PROCESS INSPECTOR

Responsible for the inspection of parachutes while being packed. Inspects parachute to ensure it is in proper layout; inspects canopy to ensure that it is folded correctly and break cord is tied correctly; inspects deployment bag to ensure that the canopy and suspension lines are stowed correctly; inspects the suspension line stows, canopy stow, break cord tie, deployment bag closure, and temporary locking pins to ensure that they are stored correctly; Inspects the pack tray after it is closed to be sure the pack closing tie is made correctly; inspects the static line or locking pins after stowage has been completed.


PARACHUTE PACKER AIRDROP NCO

Provide technical guidance and supervision to subordinate personnel. Inventories, cleans, receives, stores and issues all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations. Perform technical, routine and in-storage rigger-type inspection on cargo, extraction and personnel parachute as well as other airdrop equipment before, during and after each use. Drop-test troop-type personnel parachute to check proficiency. Also performs duties as a Parachute Packer.


MALFUNCTION NCO

Is a Non-commissioned Officer minimum grade of E-5, a trained Parachute Rigger who is familiar with airdrop, parachute recovery, and personnel and cargo parachute systems. The Malfunction Officer shall be present at the Drop Zone (DZ) or extraction zone during all personnel and equipment drops. Duties range from witnessing and recording the type and number of personnel and parachutes to investigating partial malfunctions, total malfunctions, serious injury or death.


MAINTENANCE INSPECTOR

Performs duties as inspector testers, pack-in-process inspector, final inspector and as quality assurance personnel. Performs initial inspection on all parachutes, textile and non-textile components, and airdrop containers. Conducts the testing of parachute and airdrop equipment to include new equipment.


JOINT AIRDROP INSPECTOR OUT LOAD NCO

Meets the pre-requisites of the ?Airdrop Load Inspector Certification? IAW DA PAM 351-4. Ensures that, prior to airdrop, platform loads or container delivery systems are properly rigged, receive separate inspections, final rigger inspection (prior to leaving the rigging facility), before-loading inspection, and after-loading inspection.


INSPECTOR TESTER

Performs duties as inspector testers, pack-in-process inspector, final inspector and as quality assurance personnel. Performs initial inspection on all parachutes, textile and non-textile components, and airdrop containers. Conducts the testing of parachute and airdrop equipment to include new equipment.


AIRDROP NCO

Performs all skill level one duties. Provide technical guidance and supervision to subordinate personnel. Inspects and classifies airdrop items. Perform initial and final inspection on all parachutes and airdrop textile component. Inventories, cleans, receives, stores and issues all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations. Rig supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop. Assembles airdrop platform, cushioning materials, cargo, extraction and personnel parachute along with other airdrop related equipment. Reports equipment availability for airborne operations.


AIRDROP EQUIPMENT REPAIR NCO

Directs personnel in the repair of parachutes, slings, harnesses, and textile components of airdrop containers. Assigns and directs work loads to repair teams. Coordinates with the Senior Airdrop Systems Technician and with supply personnel to arrange the return of serviceable items for stockage, re-issue and credit. Responsible for the demilitarization and cannibalization of unserviceable equipment as directed by the Shop Officer. Uses and maintains machines and tools for fabrication, modification and repair to parachute and other airdrop equipment.




SKILL LEVEL 3


PARACHUTE PACKER NCO AND SUPERVISOR

Performs all skill level one parachute packer duties. Supervises the packing of cargo, extraction and personnel parachutes. As a Parachute Packer NCO/Supervisor you may also responsible for supervising the repair of textile and canvas items, and webbed equipment. Some duties may include; performing a pack-in-process inspection; removing turns, tangles, and twists; looking for rips, holes, broken suspension lines, and any other deficiency that would render a parachute unserviceable.


PARACHUTE PACKER NCO AND SUPERVISOR

Performs all skill level one parachute packer duties. Supervises the packing of cargo, extraction and personnel parachutes. As a Parachute Packer NCO/Supervisor you may also responsible for supervising the repair of textile and canvas items, and webbed equipment. Some duties may include; performing a pack-in-process inspection; removing turns, tangles, and twists; looking for rips, holes, broken suspension lines, and any other deficiency that would render a parachute unserviceable.


INSPECTOR TESTER SUPERVISOR

Performs duties as inspector testers, pack-in-process inspector, final inspector, and as quality assurance personnel. Supervises initial inspection on all parachutes, textile and non-textile components, and airdrop containers. Supervises the testing of parachute and airdrop equipment to include new equipment Drop-test troop-type personnel parachute to check proficiency.


AIRDROP SUPERVISOR

Provides technical guidance and supervision to subordinate personnel. Directs and supervises the rigging of supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop. Supervises the management of airdrop platforms, materials, and parachutes (cargo, extraction and personnel). Provides technical guidance in planning, scheduling and coordinating for airdrop support, standard/nonstandard rigging, and sling load. Coordinates activities, and mission support with other supervisors.


AIRDROP EQUIPMENT REPAIR SUPERVISOR

Serves as a team chief. Upon receipt of assignment from airdrop equipment repair NCO, plans work requirements and assigns work. Coordinates work with Senior Airdrop Systems Technician, repair NCOs, and classification section of the airdrop platoon/section. Supervises field maintenance on all parachutes, textile components and other airdrop equipment. Ensures that the necessary repair tools, and machines repair parachutes and other airdrop equipment are available and serviceable. Supervises repair operations, schedules work and assigns sections' air delivery specialists. Reports availability of equipment and maintains required publications related to maintenance of airdrop equipment.




SKILL LEVEL 4


SENIOR AIRDROP EQUIPMENT REPAIR SUPERVISOR

Serves as the senior airdrop equipment NCO in the unit. Oversees unit, direct and general support maintenance on all parachutes, textile components and other airdrop equipment. Ensures the proper use and maintenance of machines and tools for fabrication, modification and repair of parachute and other airdrop equipment. Monitors reports of equipment availability and advises command on maintenance issues.


PLATOON SERGEANT

The platoon sergeant is the primary assistant and advisor to the platoon leader, with the responsibility of training and caring for soldiers. The platoon sergeant helps the commander to train the platoon leader and in that regard has an enormous effect on how that young officer perceives NCOs for the rest of his career. The platoon sergeant takes charge of the platoon in the absence of the platoon leader.


PARACHUTE RIGGER SUPERVISOR

Supervises and provides technical guidance to subordinate personnel. Supervises the packing of cargo, extraction and personnel parachutes. As a Parachute Rigger Supervisor you may also responsible for supervising the repair of textile and canvas items, webbed equipment and clothing. Some other duties may include; inspecting parachutes for rips and tangled lines to ensure safe airborne operations.


DETACHMENT SERGEANT

This position is similar to the first sergeant except it is usually in units with less than 75 personnel and is usually held by a Sergeant First Class. The detachment sergeant is responsible for providing sound advice to the commander on a wide range of topics including the health, esprit de corps, discipline, mentoring, well being, career progression, recognition, and professional development of all assigned enlisted members.


AIRDROP EQUIPMENT SUPERVISOR

Serves as a team leader for the team that performs non-textile repairs and demilitarization and cannibalization activities. Receives work loads assigned by the airdrop equipment repair NCO. Ensures that the necessary repair tools for fabrication, modification and repair to parachute and other airdrop equipment are available and serviceable. Provides technical guidance and supervision to subordinate personnel. Supervises the inspection and classification of airdrop equipment. Directs the inventory, cleaning, receipt, storage and issuance of all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations. Reports equipment availability for airborne operations.




SKILL LEVEL 5


SENIOR AIRDROP OPERATIONS NCO

Supervise operations of organizations performing airborne and resupply by airdrop missions. Supervise development and preparation of operations information, plans, maps, sketches, overlays and related data to facilitate airborne operations. Advises on airborne operational matters and performs liaison between staff and supported personnel.


SENIOR AIRDROP EQUIPMENT NCO

Provide technical guidance and supervision to subordinate personnel. Oversees the inspection and classification of all airdrop equipment. Provides direction and guidance to airdrop equipment personnel in the inventory, cleaning, receipt, storage and issuance of all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations.


FIRST SERGEANT

The First Sergeant is responsible for providing sound advice to the commander on a wide range of topics including the health, esprit de corps, discipline, mentoring, well being, career progression, recognition, and professional development of all assigned enlisted members. Furthermore, working with his or her fellow Senior NCOs and supervisors, the first sergeant ensures discipline is equitably maintained, and the goals of health, esprit de corps, discipline, mentoring, and welfare of the enlisted force are met. First Sergeants hold formations, instruct platoon sergeants, and assist the commander in daily unit operations. Though first sergeants supervise routine administrative duties their principle duty is training soldiers. The CSM, first sergeant, and other key NCOs, must understand the organization's collective mission essential tasks during METL-based training in order to formulate, implement, and supervise the Individual tasks responsibilities. Through NCO development programs, performance counseling, and other guidance, first sergeants are the Army's most important mentors in developing subordinate NCOs. The first sergeant is on call 24 hours a day and should expect long and irregular duty hours. Generally, they are contacted by many base agencies (e.g., security forces, Red Cross, hospital, command post, etc.) and must respond (with the supervisor when feasible) at any hour. Based on the cumulative and important responsibilities of the first sergeant, and the impact of this position on units and personnel, this position is only for the most dedicated professional senior NCOs. The First Sergeant is proud of the unit and understandably wants others to be aware of the unit's success.

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