Discussion in 'Sappers' started by Bondi-Babe-Magnet, Jul 14, 2006.
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I see there is a new unit in Wakefield, Leeds. 299 Parachute Sqn TA.
Is that part of 49 Para?
I bet the guys wish they were
Well the powers that be have decided to reform the old 72 Engr Regt (TA), that they very cleverily binned in the 1990s. To this end they are taking back the Geordies and the good old 106 Fd Sqn in Sheffield and Bradford. To get three Sqns they are bining the Light Infantry component of the Yorkshire Inf TA regt and turning it into an Engr Sqn. By offering the inf guys the chance to go PARA they hoped to keep loads in; "Yes you still have to build bridges but look you can still get to shout a lot and run through puddles".
299 Tp, the 131 Cdo Sqn Tp in Hull get to be the new nucleus and swap lids. Hours of fun. They popped in to see us in Sheffield but only a few of our guys will go for it, apparently the Inf guys are even less enthusiastic or capable according to the two who visited us. The punchline is that a lot of the guys from Hull are going on tour to Afghanistan so it gets better and better. Good luck to them though.
Hope that helps.
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