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Job Title:Aerial Delivery Specialist

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:Army 13-024

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$33,621.00 to $55,973.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Tuesday, February 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Riverton, UT United StatesView Map


United States Citizens




NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Utah National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the Utah National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Utah National Guard.

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If you do not receive the “Confirmation of your Submission” page or have questions regarding the use of USA Jobs please contact the HRO at 801-432-4241 or 801-432-4239.


  • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
  • Medical screening will be completed upon selection for hire.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.
  • Shift work may be required.


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Inspects a variety of airdrop equipment such as parachutes, multi loop lines, extraction force transfer couplings, latch assembly couplings, cable assembly couplings, actuator assembly, release cargo parachute M-1, lanyard arming wire, connector parachute, timer delay assembly, link lower suspension, link assembly single suspension type IV, link assembly heavy duty, link 4 point, parachute release single knife, bracket suspension, and tie down cargo quick release.  Performs visual, dimensional, hands on, and operational inspection of the above listed equipment at the prescribed times. These inspections are in accordance with warnings, cautions, Army Regulations (AR), Technical Manuals (TM), Field Manuals (FM) and Department of Army Pamphlets (DA PAM, Safety of Use Messages (SOUM), and notes and Ground Precautionary Messages (GPM), for airborne safety.  Makes judgmental decisions on proximity to tolerances and interrelated dimensions on timer delay systems of M-1 release, latch assembly couplings, cable assembly couplings, and actuator assembly.  Inspects for burrs, tears, significant fraying, rough spots, corrosion, pits, cracks, welds, cuts, foreign material, bends, damaged threads, adjusting collars, set screws, shank pins, and timers activate within specifications.  Uses a wide variety of inspection processes and techniques, and many unique and specially designed instruments and gauges (i.e., tension meters, scales, micrometers, gauges, torque wrenches, tests sets, porosity, oxygen test sets, altitude chambers, altimeters, and protractors).  Prepares and conducts inspections of sling load equipment and sling load operations.  Performs duties as inspector testers, pack-in-process inspector and final inspector.  Performs initial inspection on all parachutes, textile and non-textile components, and airdrop containers.  Conducts regular testing of parachute and newly issued airdrop equipment.  Drop-tests troop-type personnel parachute to check proficiency.  Inspects and classifies airdrop items to determine whether items are serviceable, repairable, or beyond economical repair.  Inspects airdrop equipment repairs and parachute packing.  Inspects air items to ensure manufacturer and Army quality control.  Assists supervisory personnel in receiving, maintaining, and issuing supplies, as well planning work requirements and yearly forecasting. Performs prioritized airdrop inspections, sequential work is determined, and pertinent ARs, TMs, FMs and DA PAMs have been reviewed.  Independently performs assignments at the Aerial Delivery Logistics Facility (ADLF) when the supervisor is not present.  Performs three separate inspections of airdrop loads /containers prior to the actual airdrop.   Makes decisions on a wide range of matters that may involve deviations and departures from past precedents and accepted practice or highly subjective judgments that could affect safety of flight and crew.  The first inspection is the AR 59-4 directed shop final inspection required for that specified type of load. The second inspection is the “before loading inspection” . An airdrop Joint Air Drop Inspector (JAI) and Air Force Joint Airdrop Inspector (AFJAI) conduct joint inspections.  Completes the proper airdrop inspection form in the DD Form 1748 (Joint Airdrop Inspection Record) series and all sign the appropriate blocks to certify correct rigging of the load.  The third inspection is “after loading inspection”; this is after the equipment is on board the aircraft and is rigged for flight and airdrop.  Performs inspection along with an AFJAI and the aircrew Load Master.  Focuses on dimensions and weights of rigged airdrop loads IAW ARs, TMs, FMs, and DA PAMs. This includes highly specialized rigging of equipment and personnel loads for highly sensitive Special Operations Force (SOF) missions.  SOF aerial delivery operations, includes preparation, outfitting, and inspection for delivery of personnel and equipment into maritime environments and exceptionally hazardous terrain.  Rigs and prepares unilateral airdrop training loads to include type V or other airdrop platforms for airdrops.  Fabricates container delivery systems loads, skid boards, and other associated airdrop items.  Receives, unpacks, and inspects unit parachutes.  Cleans, dries, inspects, and packs cargo and personnel parachutes after use.  Maintains and repairs a variety of fabric, rubber, and metallic equipment.  Operates and performs minor maintenance on sewing machines, punch presses, stenciling machines, and other similar equipment.  Performs inspections and repair of cargo, deceleration, and extraction parachutes, and is responsible for certification.  Performs Joint Airdrop Inspections as the aerial load inspector.  Performs technical order compliance modifications and modifications of parachutes and related items.  Maintains an adequate stock level of current aerial delivery system equipment, components, and supplies.  Serves as unit representative on the Aerial Delivery Review Panel and as a Joint Airdrop Inspector.  May be tasked to attend Malfunction Review Board meetings.  Performs drop zone control operations as Drop Zone Safety Officer.  Conducts weather observations, wind speed, direction determination, marking drop zone with navigation aids and timing points, establishing and maintaining air to ground and point to point radio communications, relaying information to aircraft and to the Range Control Officer.  Directs and controls all airdrop zone operations to ensure the safe operation and protection of aircraft, vehicles, personnel, and equipment.  Performs as malfunctions officer (MO).  The MO is present on the drop zone during all personnel and equipment drops.  The MO onsite investigations of personnel and equipment malfunctions/incidents will receive the highest priority, secondary only to medical aid for the injured. The MO will adhere to all the requirements listed in AR 59-4.  Formulates, implements, and documents programs to train Airborne unit commanders in support of Aerial delivery deployment functions to ensure effective and efficient operations of unit deployment processes.  Develops deployment lesson plans for the following areas:  Material Handling Equipment (MHE) such as forklifts, Load Planning Overview, Cargo Preparation/Pallet Build Up, Ramp Coordinator, Cargo Deployment Function work-centers (i.e., In-Check, Cargo Marshalling Yard, Joint Inspection, Hazardous Cargo Handlers, Explosives Safety, Quality Control, and Load Teams).  Coordinates with the Unit Movement Officer (UMO) and deploying units requiring hazardous material technical specialist training.  Provides subject matter and technical expertise on air transportation and aerial delivery operations to the Division, Brigade, Group, Battalion, and Company CDRs. In certain cases, service member will provide subject matter and technical expertise to sister services.  Makes appropriate recommendations and implements changes within the element and associated processes. Proactively assist airborne mission commanders in planning mass, special operations, and  aerial resupply operations in exceptionally diverse and varied terrain and environments.  These environments include, maritime, mountain, rough terrain, and high altitude.  In accordance with DoD policy, riggers provide mission commanders with the latest guidance and policy  on aerial delivery of humanitarian aid.  This expertise includes humanitarian operations Continental United States (CONUS and Outside Continental United States OCONUS).  Provides hands-on training and classroom instruction for MTOE units in parachute systems and techniques.  This includes Materiel Work Orders (MWO)s, Safety of Use Messages (SOUM)s, updated and or current Jump Master Procedures, and New Equipment Training. Ensures airborne personnel and cargo for transport by air meet proper specifications to maximize safety of aircraft, aircrew, cargo, and passengers.  Plans, schedules, and trains Army National Guard (ARNG), United States Army (USA), United States Army Reserve (USAR), United States Marine Corp (USMC), United States Marine Corp Reserve (USMCR), Air National Guard (ANG), United States Air Force (USAF), United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR), United States Navy (USN), United States Navy Reserve (USNR) Coast Guard (CG) and Coast Guard Reserve  (CGR) on the inspection and operations of aircraft loading equipment; mobility/contingency functions (i.e., load planning, pallet buildup, cargo courier responsibility and hazardous cargo preparation); and all core Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) specific tasks.  Ensures all Military Occupational Specialty Qualified (MOSQ) personnel maintain exceptionally high standards of proficiency and are trained to the Army Standard in aerial delivery operations and parachute packing and aerial delivery systems maintenance.  Serves as the Commander’s Subject Matter Expert (SME) for orchestrating daily and long-range utilization of the aerial delivery systems to ensure accomplishment of assigned missions as well as support for future missions and deployment operations.  Develops goals and objectives that integrate organization and Readiness objectives.  Researches, interprets, analyzes, and applies DOD, Air Force, Army, USMC, Navy, Department of Homeland Security(DHS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), International Civil Aeronautical Organization (ICAO), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules and directives.  Establishes, revises, or reviews policies, procedures, mission objectives, and organization design for airdrop management and service activities, ensuring that airdrop missions and/or flight safety is not ompromised. Inspects cargo for airlift to verify eligibility and ensures proper documentation, packaging, and marking in accordance with applicable DOD directives.  Follows prescribed loading and safety procedures, calculates load restraints and secures cargo with appropriate devices and equipment.  Performs Joint Airdrop Inspections (JAI) of various cargo loads rigged for airdrop prior to manifesting and loading of items for air shipment.  Checks cargo against manifests and annotates overages, shortages, or damage.  Performs other additional duties as assigned.


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LOCATION OF POSITION:  Special Forces Equipment Site, Riverton, Utah





MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment prior to the effective date of placement.


VICE:  Vacant


PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  This position has known promotion potential.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: For successful performance in this position, each applicant must fully justify on their application how they meet each KSA listed.

1.  Knowledge of Aerial Deliver Operations and functions sufficient to plan, coordinate, facilitate, and expedite on-time movement of personnel, and airdrop cargo in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

2.  Ability to handle, process and ensure compatibility of hazardous materials  being transported on aircarft.

3.  Knowledge to interpret detailed specifications, blueprints, TMs and Fms in order to maintain, repair, and inspect life support systems for high risk airborne operations High Altitude Low Opening (HALO)/High Altitude High Openign (HAHO) and combat dive airborne operations.

4.  Knowledge of inspecting and testing of proper aerial delivery fabric materials with 100% accuracy for proper repair maintenance on items.

5.  Knowledge of detailed safety inspection  methods for aerial delivery of individual and cargo.

WG-10 requires 18 months of specialized experience.

WG-08 requires 12 months of specialized experience.

WG-05 requires 6 months of specialized experience.


Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

Medical screening will be completed upon selection for hire. 

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.

Soldiers who accept a technician position will be terminated from the Bonus and Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP).

Indefinite positions may be converted to permanent status without further competition.



Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For addtional information visit:

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Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit:

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the  National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource can only process materials received through USA Jobs.


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Each applicant must FULLY SUBSTANTIATE on their application how they meet the requirements listed in the specialized experience area; otherwise applicant will be considered unqualified for this position. Applications will be evaluated solely on information supplied in the application (OF 612) or resume. Experience will be evaluated based on relevance to the position for which application is being made. Include job titles, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, duties/accomplishments, employer(s) name and address, and supervisor(s) name/phone number and permission to contact


To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

1.      Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and

2.      Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire for convenience and quickest processing.


Option A:  Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

Tips for using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire:

·         You must click both Finish and Submit when you are done. Your Online Qualifications Questionnaire is not processed – and your résumé is not attached – until you click the Submit button, even if USAJOBS says it sent your résumé.

·         You can upload or fax supporting documents after you Submit the Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

·         You must complete the entire process by the closing date -- Tuesday, February 26, 2013

·         To make sure everything you submitted is successfully received, follow these steps:

1.      Go to and log in using the box on the right hand side of the page.

2.      Click the radio button for this Vacancy Identification Number: 837894. Click Select a Vacancy.

3.      Verify that all of your documents appear on the table with a status of Processed.

·         You can save your work and come back later. Just click both Save and Logout.  (When you want to return, go to and log in using the box on the right hand side of the page.)

·         If you Submit more than one Qualifications Questionnaire for this position, the most recent one Submitted is the one that is used.  Therefore, it is important for you to complete it in its entirety.


To begin your Online Qualifications Questionnaire, choose one of these options:

·         If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Online Qualifications Questionnaire you complete and Submit from this session, not to any Questionnaires you may already have Saved or Submitted.

·         If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  Online Questionnaire.


Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.      You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2.      Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.      You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.

·         By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.




For this job announcement the following document is required:

  • Current Resume 

To submit the document requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, by fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


Martina L. Conner
Phone: (801)432-4239
Fax: (801)523-4700
Agency Information:
Utah National Guard
Human Resources Office
12953 S Minuteman Drive
Attn HRO Jodie
Draper, UT
Fax: (801)523-4700


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or  interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FX:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.


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Army 13-024

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