During World War I. the parachute was introduced as a safety device for fighter pilots. In World War II became a form of transport for vertical infiltration and commando missions; parachute units often conducted strategic and operational actions: Crete and "Market Garden" are military history.
After 1945 the parachute became a sport tool, originating fascinating new sports which attract young people.
A parachute competitor demonstrates his skills in free fall and under open canopy, individually or in a team. Skills used in free fall are instinctive body control with deep concentration, then after opening sure steering in a three-dimensional environment until making a precise landing. Other skills are the ability to take risks, mental strength, and the capability to integrate socially and to think as a team. All these qualities are growing even more important for soldiers and are strengthened by the parachuting schooling and sport training.
Formation skydive, style and accuracy are the events at our championships, which provide the opportunity for our soldiers and parachutists to compare their skills and reflect the military virtues of teamwork, speed and precision.
1964 the first Parachuting Military World Championship of C.I.S.M. was organized in Pau at the French military parachute school. In 1983 women participated for the first time. Until 2016 we saw 40 World Military Parachuting Championships, and in the recent years, between 30 and 35 nations have participated.
Since 1992 we also have the option for Military Parachuting Continental Championships.