The United States Army is planning to close down the school that trains an elite group of paratroopers known as Pathfinders, citing the anticipated nature of future conflicts as one of the reasons for the cutbacks.
The Army Times reports that the Army is planning to close down its Pathfinder School, based at Fort Benning, Georgia. A number of other courses are also being closed down due to budget issues.
The three-week course teaches troops a number of skills according to a 2015 Army release, including how to set up beacons and visual cues to establish drop zones and setting up sling loads on helicopters like the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook. Another Army release noted that the course is known for a low pass rate.
“The priority list of functional training courses is being adjusted based on budget constraints and the Army’s focus on large scale combat operations and creating a multi-domain operations capable force,” Colonel Rich McNorton, a spokesman for the United States Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), told the media outlet. (RELATED: A Startlingly Small Number