Often used to seize strategic objectives such as airfields or bridges, paratroopers are military personnel trained in parachuting into an operation and usually function as part of an airborne force. First used on a large scale during World War II for troop distribution and transportation, paratroopers are now a main staple of the U.S. Army with whole divisions trained and specialized on airborne operations.
Airborne forces are military units, usually light infantry, set up to be moved by aircraft and “dropped” into battle. They can be placed behind enemy lines, and have the capability to deploy almost anywhere with little warning and have the capacity to appear “out of nowhere” within minutes. In this video, U.S. Army Paratroopers conduct a live-fire exercise with FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile and mortars. These exercises are designed to keep paratroopers sharp in all the necessary skills to destroy the enemy once deployed.