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Natick Civilian Graduates From Jump School

Every once in awhile, the civilian staff at the Natick Soldier Systems Center get to attend military courses. For example, I know a guy who went to jumpmaster school while he was in jump status as a civilian there after having served on active duty in the Army. Others have attended mountaineering courses with the nearby Vermont Army National Guard.

Recently, Jennifer Hunt, a textile technologist/materials engineer on the Aerial Delivery Engineering Support Team, or ADEST, at the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center graduated from the Basic Airborne Course.

“I wanted to go and have the experience of using and jumping the parachute equipment I work with and inspect every day,” said Hunt. “The opportunity has given me a different and fuller perspective of the work I do for ADEST and has made me better qualified to do my job”

I’m very impressed with Ms Hunt’s effort here. Most people who attend are in their late teens and early 20s. She is 41 years old! That means she had to get an age waiver to attend. Not shabby, especially for a civilian employee.

Having never served in the military, she spent a year training to the APFT’s 17-21 age group standard and worked on pull-ups. Ms Hunt is under five feet tall so she had to jump to grasp the bar. That’s one dedicated lady.

Congratulations to Ms Jennifer Hunt.


To learn more, visit www.army.mil/article/170170/natick_civilian_takes_giant_leap_to_learn_more_about_soldier_equipment

18 Responses to “Natick Civilian Graduates From Jump School”

  1. ThatBlueFalcon says:

    Outstanding! Always good to see the .civ side get a better understanding of the .mil side, and BZ to her for her effort and initiative!

  2. Patrick says:


  3. Steak TarTar says:

    hell yeah!

  4. Dellis says:

    Bravo! Ms. Hunt

  5. Jon, OPT says:

    Impressive, congratulations!

  6. JSGlock34 says:


  7. Just Sayin' says:

    They even issued her a pair of B.C. glasses!

    • Weaver says:

      She’ll need them to counteract the effects of being Airborne!

      Well done, Ms. Hunt!

    • Barf from Spaceballs says:

      They’re more hip to wear now days

      • tazman66gt says:

        Who would have thought the BC glasses we were issued would turn into the hip and chic glasses everyone thinks they want.

  8. BravoMike says:

    Great job, congratulations!

  9. JKifer says:


  10. Bad Dancer says:

    Outstanding Ms. Hunt!

  11. Ian says:

    Well done!

  12. OldRGRJM says:

    As it should be. Shows that she is switched on enough to know it was the right thing to do. Well done.

  13. Rigger Dave says:

    When is her cherry jump? lol
    Seriously, congrats!!! AATW!!!!

  14. Jose says:

    Imagine that she trained for the standard and met it, and they didn’t lower the standards.. Airborne! Oh wait Airborne School was a vacation anyways.. Still outstanding work by the .Civ to train up and get it done, now maybe she can unfuck that hideous parachute..