What was once useful in combat, but now is nothing more than a dog and pony show. Airborne soldiers are known for their cult-like mentality and they use brainwashing techniques to seduce young impressionable minds.
Paratrooper: "I'm airborne, so I am a badass."
Civilian: "So when was the last time you jumped in combat?"
Paratrooper: "Gee, look at the time. Nice talking to ya."