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The Swedish Army's Parachute Jaeger( Ranger) School (Armans fallskarmsjagare-FSJ) is the entity responsible for training the elite airborne units (Fallskarmjagare) of the Swedish Army. The school's original cadre consisted of 12 officers who received airborne training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and RAF Brize Nortan in England.
Upon returning to Sweden the men established Sweden's first parachute training course. Located at Karlsborg, the first training course was conducted in February of 1952. Soon after opening the school's curriculum expanded to include Ranger, and LRRP training for new recruits, and Army officers.
Each year's annual service intake draws hundreds of perspective volunteers to the units initial selection phase. Selection is conducted over three weeks and eliminates most candidates, with only the top 100 recruits being permitted to undertake the strenuous training course. Training is conducted over a period of fifteen months and is broken down into three separate phases: basic, airborne, arctic.
The basic training phase begins each June. Prospective Rangers receive instruction in basic military skills, and physical conditioning. During the airborne phase of their training students must successfully complete eight jumps from a C-130 transport aircraft. Three jumps are conducted at night, and three are done with full combat gear. Upon completion of their basic airborne training students are awarded the wine colored beret.
To complete the basic parachute instruction portion of their training the students must successfully complete a grueling 70km endurance march. Known as the "Eagle March" students have 24 hours to complete the march thoughout; during which students are tested on the various skills they have learned over the last few months. The survivors of the march are awarded the "Golden Eagle", or the Parachute Ranger Qualification Badge.
Students then move on to the advanced portion of their airborne training. They receive instruction on conducting combat operations, patrolling, close combat, and conducting parachute jumps using sport type square parachutes. By the end of the course the students will have conducted approximately 40 jumps.
The Arctic portion of the Rangers training is conducted from December to March at the Lapland Ranger Regiment. The final phase of Ranger training includes instruction in conducting helo-casting, water jumps, arctic survival, and combat surface swimming. The Arctic phase is capped off by a three week long field training exercise. The students must successfully conduct a long distance raid, and evade a "hostile" enemy force.
Upon completion of their training the new Rangers will be war posted to one of several independent Ranger platoons. Ranger platoons are divided into three separate six man patrols. Within each patrol each man will have a specialty, such as demolitions, communications, sniping, or intelligence.
Patrols are armed with a variety of weapons including the AK5 5.56mm assault rifle, the AK5B (AK5 with scope), the AK5C (AK5 with M-203 40mm GL), the 5.56mm Belgian Minimi LMG