4 Para Reserve - When did they leave the TA?

#1
After spending a 'fascinating' hour in a traffic jam outside their RC (Reserve Centre) this morning, I noticed they've rebanded themselves as Reserves. I can understand some reasons for rebanding but it looked more of 'real' army unit and not a part time unit.

Also they are advertising an a dodgy web address http://www.4para.com which is against army policy.
 
#4
It links straight into the MOD web site, a number of units use this ploy as the URL is easier to remember. You have to hand it to them, they really know how to make their image work.
 
#5
They can’t spell ‘calibre’ on their homepage though!

They get way more hits than any other TA website (according to the ACMS webstats)
 
#7
Purple_Emperor said:
They get way more hits than any other TA website (according to the ACMS webstats)
The TAC (in Pudsey) is also in a very good location on a major road between Leeds and Bradford, it probably generates more PR/advertising than any other TAC in Yorkshire but that has been lost to the reserves.
 

The_Duke

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#8
4 Para has not left the TA, it just concentrates on its role as the reserve for the regular Parachute Regt Bns, and has issued a UDI to declare this! Polar, what do you mean that Pudsey has been lost to the reserves?
 
#9
I went to that place in Pudsey in the 80's for something or other, I bet it's like the platoon house in Sangin now!
 
#10
A Proffesional place for proffessional people!
 
#12
The_Duke said:
Polar, what do you mean that Pudsey has been lost to the reserves?
Just the image/branding. I know a number of people (@work) who have become interested in other local TA units because of HQ Coy 4 Para. I find the general understanding of the TA to be a lot higher in areas around Pudsey than other parts of the city
 

The_Duke

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#13
polar said:
The_Duke said:
Polar, what do you mean that Pudsey has been lost to the reserves?
Just the image/branding. I know a number of people (@work) who have become interested in other local TA units because of HQ Coy 4 Para. I find the general understanding of the TA to be a lot higher in areas around Pudsey than other parts of the city
Fair point. The closer association has been good for 4 Para though, as people genuinely feel they are joining the part time element of the Regt rather than "just the TA". Time for the other local TA units to improve their profile?
 
#14
Good luck to 'em - they are only giving it as it is. They even added a mortar platoon after it was taken away in Options so that they could attach mortar trained personnel to the reg battalions. Its a bit like the RMR who don't have different formations but are treated as a whole to supply IRs to 3CDO Bde.
 
#15
The-Daddy said:
Good luck to 'em - they are only giving it as it is. They even added a mortar platoon after it was taken away in Options so that they could attach mortar trained personnel to the reg battalions. Its a bit like the RMR who don't have different formations but are treated as a whole to supply IRs to 3CDO Bde.
we have (almost) the full wack now...guns plt (edinburgh), mortars(london), recce( leeds/pudsy area), assualt pioneers(scouseville) and javelin(leeds-i think)

.... we're like a professional unit now......WAH
 
#16
The_Duke said:
Time for the other local TA units to improve their profile?
If only. I know of at least 3 officers, 2 OCdts and two SNCO's that parade in South Yorks, West Yorks doesn't have slots for them. (the 2OCdts is not entirely true)

(all same cap badge - any room for a extra non para troop in Pudsey)
 
#18
The "reserves" label is the way forward.

There's nothing wrong with the TA, but I cringe every time I hear it.

A bit like there's nothing wrong with skodas...
 
#19
RFUK said:
The "reserves" label is the way forward.

There's nothing wrong with the TA, but I cringe every time I hear it.

A bit like there's nothing wrong with skodas...
maybe, but 4 Para won't loose the TA label, its so entrenched in the local community (unlike many TACs hidden away in city centres, HQ 4 Para is in the suburbs).

p.s. The advertising on the 4 Para TAC is superb.
 
#20
Getting back to former glory!
 

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