In years past, HALO jumping was done almost administratively. There was a wind arrow during the day and flares on the Drop Zone at night. Soldiers generally jumped without combat equipment, regulations sometimes mandating it. It wasn’t without reason; If you’ve been deployed for half a year, you don’t want your first jump to be in full kit, so a few “Hollywood” jumps will help troops get back into the flow of things. Still, there were valid criticisms that HALO teams were just skydiving rather than conducting true Military Free Fall operations during training. The War on Terror has shown that combat HALO jumps are not only possible, but highly practical in today’s unconventional warfare setting.