4 Para Reserves - location and training questions

#1
Hi there

wonder if you anyone can answer a few questions for me. I have just passed selection ffor 4 para and will start my cadre in two weeks.

at present St Helens barracks is closer for me (about 10 miles) than Pudsey but that is only 40 mins away from me.

my questions are -
1. Is it true that St Helens are solely Assault Pioneers only, and Pudsey are sniper/recce?
2. Are Assault pioneers like engineers, building stuff, blowing up shit etc?
3. I am going to St Helens for my first friday to be transported to Catterick to join up with all the Trainees....does that mean St Helens will be my Barracks or if say I'm a great shot will i be transferred to Pudsey for Snipers?
4. To follow on from the last question, once i pass will I get to choose (within reason) what specialty i go into therefore this will dictate what barracks i will attend?


Any help will be appreciated

cheers lads
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#2
para_24 said:
Hi there

wonder if you anyone can answer a few questions for me. I have just passed selection ffor 4 para and will start my cadre in two weeks.

at present St Helens barracks is closer for me (about 10 miles) than Pudsey but that is only 40 mins away from me.

my questions are -
1. Is it true that St Helens are solely Assault Pioneers only, and Pudsey are sniper/recce?

No, they are their secondary roles after being infantry soldiers first and foremost.

2. Are Assault pioneers like engineers, building stuff, blowing up s*** etc?

Sort of, but don't worry too much about that yet - get through your recruit cadre first.

3. I am going to St Helens for my first friday to be transported to Catterick to join up with all the Trainees....does that mean St Helens will be my Barracks or if say I'm a great shot will i be transferred to Pudsey for Snipers?

Your Coy HQ is currently Pudsey, with St Helens as an outstation. Stop getting fixated on the sniping part - it is not central to what you will be doing.


4. To follow on from the last question, once i pass will I get to choose (within reason) what specialty i go into therefore this will dictate what barracks i will attend?

To a certain degree, yes. However, that is all a long way off yet. I say again, concentrate on getting through it all first, then worry about getting your basic skills up to speed before you think about specialising.

Any help will be appreciated

cheers lads
 
#3
Cheers Duke. The reason I was asking and thinking about it I should have made my self clear is this a decision I should make now and ask to change Barracks. But seeing your response I should get my head down and concerntrate on getting through and then worry about the rest.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#4
para_24 said:
Cheers Duke. The reason I was asking and thinking about it I should have made my self clear is this a decision I should make now and ask to change Barracks. But seeing your response I should get my head down and concerntrate on getting through and then worry about the rest.
Definately. You can move around within 4 Para as you need to - ie if work changes, you can easily transfer within the locations. The same applies (within reason) if you want to parade at another location for a key speciality.

The main focus of all locations (less B Coy in London who have Mors and MMG) is on rifle Coy work - primarily because there is little time available to really make a go of the sniping/recce/asslt pioneer element.

The Infantry specialisations for the TA are under constant review, and the appetite for them changes regularly so concentrate on passing your course, and then see what is still on offer in a year or so.
 
#5
[Definately. You can move around within 4 Para as you need to - ie if work changes, you can easily transfer within the locations. The same applies (within reason) if you want to parade at another location for a key speciality.

The main focus of all locations (less B Coy in London who have Mors and MMG) is on rifle Coy work - primarily because there is little time available to really make a go of the sniping/recce/asslt pioneer element.

The Infantry specialisations for the TA are under constant review, and the appetite for them changes regularly so concentrate on passing your course, and then see what is still on offer in a year or so.[/quote

cool cheers for the advice and i will make sure i take it a step at a time as we are assessed every weekend
 

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