Can we still send the cobra style?
We will accept all bracelets, but prefer that your group make the quick deploy bracelet.
Do I need a wooden jig?
No, not if you’re making the quick deploy bracelet. We have created a printable page with the starting layout on it that you can use instead. DOWNLOAD THE PARACORD JIG PATTERN
Where can we buy the cord?
We offer precut 550 paracord through our Ebay page. Your group can also purchase paracord on the internet or in stores (search “550 paracord”); however, you will have to cut the cord and seal the ends yourself.
If we buy our own cord, what type of paracord should we use?
Please use 550 paracord only. This is cord that can hold 550 pounds, and has 7 to 9 individual strands inside that can each hold 50 pounds. If it doesn’t say “550 paracord,” chances are it is not. It does not need to be military grade. Please do not send rope, as we will not send bracelets made of rope. We have found that a lot of hardware and craft stores are selling rope and labeling it as paracord. Please read the labels!
What size should a bracelet be when finished?
8 to 9 inches long.
How much cord should we use?
Your cord should measure 7 1/2 feet long. When you cut your cord, please heat the ends until they begin to melt, and then squeeze flat with a pair of pliers. This will keep the inside strands from spilling out while you make the bracelet.
What colors are acceptable?
Please use muted colors, or colors that will blend with our Troops’ uniforms. Do not use reflective cord or neon colors such as pink, yellow, orange, or green, as this is a safety issue for our Troops in the field. We also ask that you use gender neutral colors since the bracelets will be going to both men and women.
Finally, please do not send two-tone bracelets. While they look great, they are two, four-foot lengths and we promise the recipient a minimum of 7.5 solid feet of cord. Also, the melted ends can break in an emergency.
How much cord should be left when we are done with our bracelet?
You should only have enough left to keep the end in the loop. Any more than that will cause the bracelet to fail. Please do not cut off any remaining material!
Should we send a note with our bracelet?
Yes! The note should be the size of a business card, because our bracelets are sent in a 3″x5″ plastic bag. Please do not attach the note to the bracelet. Simply put all of your notes in a plastic bag and we will include one in the bag with each bracelet.
Feel free to include your email address as well, but if the note is from someone under 18, please use an adult’s email and screen any letters received back from the service member prior to letting the minor read it. Responses should always be written under adult supervision.
What’s the best way to ship our bracelets?
Keep the bracelet(s) flat (unbuttoned) because that allows you to put more in each box or envelope.
Depending on how many bracelets you’re sending, you might want to use a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. A small box can hold 15-20, a medium can hold 200, and a large can hold 300 or more flat bracelets. This way, you’re paying a flat rate regardless of weight.
Do we have to mail our bracelets in if we are located near The FOB?
No. Donations can be dropped off at our FOB in Chatsworth, CA, during all Volunteer Hours.
Where should we ship my bracelets?
ATTN: Paracord Bracelet Program
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
Should we fill out a donor form even if we’re only sending a few bracelets?
Yes, we want to know who is sending each and every item to us, since it allows us to send you a letter of thanks. Please be sure to include your email address on the form, so that we can send you further updates.
Can we receive Community Service Credit (“CSC”) for making and donating bracelets?
Yes, individuals can earn one hour of CSC for every five Paracord Bracelets made and returned to our facility or mailed to us with: 1) a Donor Form; 2) a note requesting Community Service Credit; and 3) a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please understand that our turnaround time can be 2-4 weeks.