550 Paracord 30 Metre Hank
Historically 550 Paracord is associated with airborne units and division and it continues to be used by many military units in almost any situation where light cordage is needed.
Typical uses include attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cords to avoid losing small or important items, tying rucksacks to vehicle racks, securing camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, and so forth.
When threaded with beads, paracord may be used as a pace counter to estimate ground covered by foot. The inner core can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear, or to be used as fishing line in a survival situation. For applications requiring a thinner or less elastic cord, such as shoelaces, users often remove the yarn in the core and use the nylon sheath alone.
The ends of the cord can be melted and/or crimped to prevent fraying. In addition to purely utility functions, paracord can be used to fashion knotted or braided bracelets, lanyards, belts, and other decorative items. These are sometimes tied in a fashion that can easily be unraveled for use in a survival situation.