Sunday Funny: the Jumpmaster Dance

So can you name everything he’s doing without reading the comments on YouTube?

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  • Doyletoo

    Being tall and a big boy I was always last in the stick so I only got a glimpse of the jump master as I pushed the second to last guy out in front of me. ;)

  • Jim37F

    Apparently pre jump used to be a lot more interesting lol

  • Ben

    Funny thing is, I’m dutch but most signals are exactly the same as we use.

  • Old Soldier

    That one’s been around for a few years, but still a classic — especially the nap time.

  • Read his actions and movement like a book! Only problem was, he apparently took a shortcut to the equipment turn-in point. All of Bragg’s drop zones are alot longer, and the Jumpmaster usually dumped us Navy types out low-level at the far end. Regards, AGCM, (SW/ PJ), the Navy’s first jumping weather-guesser

  • Fred Johnson

    This is not the Special Forces that I was in. This is the most stupid bunch of garbage that I have seen in articles or comments on the military. I really can’t believe any person that spent over five years in service, would be a participant in this junk.

    A 26 year career retired Command Sergeant Major

    • Jeff

      Gee, Fred. Take high blood pressure medication much?

    • Ed Perkins

      Lighten up Freddie! Maybe your brands of humor is to sit in a tub full of mud and have ytour wife read the AR’s to you in a gruff voice while slapping your forehead and saying ” I’m a dumb ****”, but some of this stuff is funny.

    • Norma

      Wow, Fred….lighten up!

  • Yes this has been around for a while. Still pretty good.

    -11B —> 37F & Jumpmaster

  • xpoqx

    You sound like the crabbiest of armchair warriors now that your retired Command Sergeant Major. Please enlighten us as to what branch of the military and special forces unit you served in that outlawed such shenanigans.

  • Nick the Brit

    Seen this for years (still awesome) but this if the first time I’ve seen it with “SF” in the title… I was always under the impression it was 82nd boys.

    Favorite part is sleeping on stand to, who hasn’t felt the z monster hit them in the prone

  • Shem Miller, CMsgt,

    Besides the Airborne Troops, Air Force Airdrop Loadmasters seen that dance many times prior to the green light. I enjoyed it and it brought back many memories as well as made me laugh.

  • Mike

    That was the 82nd, sometime around 2005, if I recall.

    And CSM, I dont know what group you were in that didnt see this “most stupid bunch of garbage”. When I was in group, we were able to accomplish the mission and still have a laugh on the way.


    Hey Fred your knickers are to tight. A little fun makes the day a lot more fun. 18 years in SF and 32 years active. The guy had it down pat and funny as ****.

  • Al T.

    Pure genius!

  • Jerry Hoosier

    I loved it! Great PLF. Wish I was that limber again:-)

  • SGT B

    Good to know that the Old Core Values of “Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash” are alive and well in our senior NCOs!

    God forbid that we attempt to inject such horrific attributes into the morale of the American Soldier!

  • Dr. T. Sanchez

    Sure, it’s cute, but one mustn’t forget the NINE jump commands. The “jumpmaster” in this demonstration forgot “Check Static Lines”. I sure hope everyone hooked up properly with no static line entanglements…

    • I didn’t watch it over again, but yes…. outboard personnel stand up, inboard personnel stand up, hook up, CHECK STATIC LINES, check equipment, sound off for equipment check, 1 min, 30 sec, standby…. Green light GO!

  • Jeff J

    I truly enjoyed that. I left the 82nd after Desert Storm and this brought back some good memories. I’m glad soldiers can make light of a very serious and sometimes deadly profession.

  • Jeff J

    20 minutes; 10 minutes; get ready; outboard personnel stand up; inboard personnel stand up; hook up; check static line; check equipment; sound off with equipment check; 1 minute; 30 seconds; green light-Go!

    • Our race tracks are usually 6 minutes…

      6 min…. get ready… next pass personnel stand up….. etc

      • Jeff J

        Chris – I am old school Eighty Deuce, back in the 80’s and early 90’s. Back in those days the Jump Masters hung way out the door and you hopped and popped out of a C130 (up 6 and out 36). They changed door procedures the year before I went to Jump Master school. I haven’t kept up with the changes since I left in ’92. I did hear they changed exit procedures for the C130 back in the mid to late 90s because of all the static line injuries. That makes perfect sense. Out of all of my jumps the one I remember most is the one where I received a static line injury.
        It was on January 26, 1989, Salerno DZ, 2030 drop time. I was the number 2 jumper. The closest I had been to the door since I began jumping. Up until then I just followed the jumper in front of me out the door and never did the hop and pop. I made the decision that this time I would grab the sides of the door opening and get a good exit. One of the worst decisions I ever made. The number one jumper fell out the door and when I grabbed the sides of the door opening his static line came from the bottom of the door opening and ran up under my arm as I exited. By the time I realized what was happening I got yanked completely around and the static line ripped my right bicep. The medics had no problem finding me on the drop zone because I was cursing all the way down. I just couldn’t understand how the number one jumper could have a weak exit when he was standing in the door for a minute before the green light came on. Anyways, I’m sure things have changed for the better since those days.

        • When I was in the 82D, I’m sure it was the same thing, but back at that time I was just another jumper. I took jump commands one at a time and followed the jumper in front of me like you mentioned.

          The 6 min vs 10 min happened when we were jumping Casa at Camp Mackall and C-130 when taking off from Bullis, jumping back into Bullis (San Antonio).

          I almost had my bicep ripped off once. I felt the light pressure after my exit and let my arm go limp…. I think that’s the biggest my bicep will ever be in this lifetime. It was bruised so badly.

  • Anyone actually know the original source of this dance? Looks as if some PA types got even better video.


  • Brent Kelly

    I just saw the dance for the first time and thought it was funny. I spent 20 years on Jump status with the 82nd and in a Special Operations Bn. As to CSM Fred you are entitled to your oppinon but as a retired 1SG I just want you to remember diamonds are trump and I thought it was great to poke a little fun.