4 Para Reserves - location and training questions

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  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
     
  2. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

     
  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.
     
  4. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    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