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    As a paratrooper I am almost embarrased to ask this. Where did the motto "All The Way" come from? A NAP asked me this the other day and I didn't know what to tell him. Please help! Thanks!
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    I've heard several stories about how that came to be. The one that sticks in my mind is the fact that to be a Paratrooper you would have gone the extra mile or "all the way". I've also heard that to be a Paratrooper you have to be committed all the way. There are no half measures. You either are or you aren't. It sort of makes sense but I think it was probably started by a SGT Airborne in one of the first test classes & it stuck.
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    Especially in the early days, you had to commit completely to a jump - a weak exit could easily result in a malfuntion. So when you jumped you had to go 'all the way' to have a chance. I have read an account of President Jonhnson speaking to the 3rd Brigade, 82nd 'Airborne' Division immediately prior to deploying to Vietnam. At the conclusion of the President's remarks the troopers sounded off with "ALL THE WAY!" and the president returned with "Airborne!" - the same salutation and return still used today.

    Link - 82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade History of the Golden Brigade

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    What is a NAP? ANP?
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    NAP - "Non Airborne Puke". Also know as "Leg" or more likely "Effing Leg".
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    lol very funny

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    Thanks so much. I've always (ten years) been told NAP is "Non Airborne Personnel". Thanks again!
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    Well, you could put" personnel" in place of "puke" but it wouldn't be as descriptive, lol.
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    One of my Drills at BCT deployed with 2nd BCT to Iraq, and was by far his favorite unit. Once I realized he responded to everything remotely positive with a loud and thunderous "AirBORNE!", I quickly took to calling him "Drill Sergeant Airborne", along with comments like "Have an Airborne day, Drill Sergeant!". My peers thought I was gonna get the piss smoked out of me, but he just laughed every time.

    Proud to say he's one of my mentors now.

    I would love to get over to the 82nd. I'm going to be working hard to get over there once I'm done here at Sill.
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