I am an Airborne
trooper! I jump by parachute from any plane in flight. I volunteered
to do it, knowing full well the hazards of my choice.
I serve in a mighty
Airborne Force – famed for deeds in War – renowned for readiness in
peace. It is my pledge to uphold its honor and prestige in all that
I am – in all I do.
I am an elite trooper –
a sky trooper – a spearhead trooper.
I blaze the way to far
flung goals – behind, before, above my country’s enemy’s front
I know that someday I
may have to fight without support for days on end. Therefore, I keep
my mind and body always fit to do my part in any Airborne mission. I
am self reliant and unafraid. I shoot true, and march fast and far.
I fight hard and will excel in everything I do just in case of war.
I will never fail a
fellow paratrooper. I cherish the sacred trust and the lives of men
with whom I serve. Leaders have my fullest loyalty, and those who I
lead will never, never find me lacking.
I have pride in being
Airborne! I will never let it down! In peace, I do not shrink from
the dullest duty nor protest the toughest training. My weapon and
equipment will always be combat ready. I will be neatly dressed,
show courtesy and watch my behavior in a proper Airborne military
In battle, I fear no
enemy’s ability, nor underestimate his ability, power or threats. I
will fight him with all my might and skills – staying alert to avoid
traps and try to escape if I should ever be captured. I will never
surrender while I still have the means to fight, though I may be the
My goal in peace and war
is to succeed in any mission of the day or night, even though I may
die doing so. For I belong to a proud and glorious team…
The AIRBORNE, the ARMY,
my Country – the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I am its chosen few, I
volunteer to fight where others may not want to go or serve.
I am a trooper of the
sky! I am my Nation’s best! In peace and war I will never fail,
Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere…I am Airborne!
I volunteered as a
parachutist, fully realizing the hazard of my chosen service and by
my thoughts and actions will always uphold the prestige, honor and
high esprit-de-corps of parachute troops.
I realize that a
parachutist is not merely a Soldier who arrives by parachute to
fight, but is an elite shock trooper and that his country expects
him to march farther and faster, to fight harder, and to be more
self-reliant than any other Soldier. Parachutists of all allied
armies belong to this great brotherhood.
I shall never fail my
fellow comrades by shirking any duty or training, but will always
keep myself mentally and physically fit and shoulder my full share
of the task, whatever it may be.
I shall always accord my
superiors fullest loyalty and I will always bear in mind the sacred
trust I have in the lives of the men I will accompany into battle.
I shall show other
Soldiers by my military courtesy, neatness of dress and care of my
weapons and equipment that I am a picked and well trained Soldier.
I shall endeavor always
to reflect the high standards of training and morale of parachute
I shall respect the
abilities of my enemies, I will fight fairly and with all my might,
surrender is not in my creed.
I shall display a high
degree of initiative and will fight on to my objective and mission,
though I be the lone survivor.
I shall prove my ability
as a fighting man against the enemy on the field of battle, not by
quarreling with my comrades in arms or by bragging about my deeds.
I shall always realize
that battles are won by an army fighting as a team, that I fight
first and blaze the path into battle for others to follow and to
carry the battle on.
I belong to the finest
unit in the world. By my actions and deeds alone, I speak for my
fighting ability. I will strive to uphold the honor and prestige of
my outfit, making my country proud of me and of the unit to which I