I think, IMHO the only difference bewteen leg Infantry v/s Airborne Infantry is the way you arrive in battle, hence the Airborne part. Also, as former Paratrooper with the ego to boot and a former Infantry medic I think that both styles are the same when it comes to fighting. Once the Airborne is finished with the jumping procedures they are standard infantry. Paratroopers are know to have an ego but I have known non Airborne Infantry to have the same ego. So, what am I saying. Both are a distingushed profession.:2c::2c:
I believe there is higher Esprit de corps within the Airborne units. Airborne operations are nothing to snicker at. It's dangerous, it requires strong logistics, and determined men to make the engine run.
Airborne operations are only an infiltration method to get men and equipment on the ground, fast. Yep, we conduct Airborne operations, AAST operations, Ground mobility, raids, ambushes and airfield Siezures. Sound familiar ?
We have snipers too, graduate from the same school as Rangers, imagine that. Ability to uitilize specified personnel for CAS, ARTY and Mortar as well as NGS support fire. We have highly trained medics, infantry soldiers and their even trained in CQC. (imagine that too ) Urban assault operations, open field combat, etc. There are evern Recce detachments. Many of our NCO's are in fact graduates of the Ranger school. They may or may not have been assigned to the 75th.
All of our support elements are integrated into the Airborne Division. They too are ready to parachute into a hot zone.
All Americans !!!
Due to recent circumstances I will probably have to enlist with only an 11x. Is this a huge mistake? Is Airborne that much more high speed then standard infantry.
I would agree that most light Infantry units are similar. I have never served in an Airborne unit (I was in the 101st), but I have been to Airborne school. I found Air Assault School to be much more challenging, physically, and mentally. I loved the 101st and would not change the aviation assets we had for any other Infantry Unit. There seem to only be marginal differences between light Infantry units, however it seems it is a night and day difference between light Infantry and Mechanized.
Since there are several light infantry units, instead of worrying about a pair of wings on your chest, you might want to consider picking a unit that will get you additional experience (Such as being stationed overseas).
Well seeing as how SFAS is two weeks now I cannot agree that AASLT school is the toughest two weeks in the army. It is definently tougher than airborne, but tougher than SFAS? I don't think so.
All points are well made. While I'm an old paratrooper - I won't jump on the Airborne bandwagon - I'm not a grunt, but I've served with a few. Several really good Soldiers have told me that AASLT school is the toughest two weeks in the Army. I can't disagree, having never been there.
I also like what 0699 said - it ain't about the badges you wear, it's about the quality of your character.
Having said all that - given the choice, I'd go to both jump school and AASLT school. Any training like that can only make you a better Soldier!
All The Way! :)