Paracord Colors may sound like a strange combination of words, but I hope to explain clearly what they mean in the following paragraphs. Paracord itself comes from two words and they have significant history becoming one word. If you haven't guessed by now Para is short for parachute, and cord literally is what it describes, the cord attached to the actual parachute and jumper. And colors relates to the fact that it comes in many - you guessed it, colors. It is a versatile and extremely strong cord developed by the military for the U.S. paratroopers' aerial deployment in WWII. The military was able to utilize "paracord" in many ways beyond parachuting into tactical environments. They used it as a lightweight, compact survival cord amongst countless other uses. Paracord referred to as MIL-C-5040 by the military has a distinct nuance from the commercial versions. When the cord is cut and the inside visible it reveals 7 inner nylon bundled strands, each made up of 3 inner strands but with one obvious difference- one of these 3 inner strands will be a yellow and black strand. When you see it you know it's the genuine real deal and made in the USA.