""4 Para v 299 Para"

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mcguire123

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Hello all, i am currently RAF reg Reserve, id like to find out more about joining either 4 para or 299 para.
I had preferred the thought of 299 para, but have heard they have to wait quite sometime to do jumps course and are down the list of priorities, Im told 4 para get there jumps in a lot quicker.
Also im 44 and am being given lots of different messages about upper age limit.........just wondered if someone could clarify.
I had heard 4 para upper age limit was 44 with previous experrience.
I have only ever been reservist..........does this count?
Any info would be appreciated
Cheers
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#3
49 is the way to go.
 
#4
The _Duke is the man to ask, though he has a certain, understandable, bias towards 4 Para.
 
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mcguire123

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#6
Yeah thanks mate, i understand that, sorry my post did not demonstrate it.
Maybe thats why there is a gap between p company and jumps course, for trade training?
Anyway cheers for reply.
 
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verticalgyro said:
Mr_Fingerz said:
49 is the way to go.
Can only agree with this, 49 PARA, they go straight to the top of the list at Brize.
Ha.... soz we haven't formed up properly yet. Already we are facing stiff competition for recruits from RMR down the corridor and a Sssssshh unit in the other end of the TAC...

If that ain't good enough then please do join 299 Para REng or 4 Para in the suburbs in Leeds (Wakefield or Pudsey)...

But rest assured, we've partly done the BOWMAN conversion and we will get the airborne kit very.... Not bad for an artic warfare para Sigs unit???? Start the light sigs role in July/August with a H4H event cycle event to RTMC.

Not sure when we can fit in the underwater knife fighting commando stuff but we we try....

p.s. I have lied a little but probably not as much as you think.....

p.p.s. We are talking about the real 849 Para Commando Sigs?????
 
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mcguire123 said:
your a sad man
its a shame
can you remember when?
I think it was a Tuesday.
 
#11
To be honest bud no matter where you go, whether it be 4 Para, 299, 144 Meds. etc and should you pass P.Coy then regardless of cap badge you WILL be waiting a while for your jumps course, I've been waiting since December for mine and just had one next month canned.
 
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mcguire123 said:
Hello all, i am currently RAF reg Reserve, id like to find out more about joining either 4 para or 299 para.
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Also im 44
Sorry mate, fact is you'd struggle with mere hat infantry, much less the Parachutists.
 
#14
299 are a good bunch. RE first then Para though. If you just want to go jumping from perfectly serviceable aircraft you would be better off at 4 Para.
 
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JD150 said:
299 are a good bunch. RE first then Para though. If you just want to go jumping from perfectly serviceable aircraft you would be better off at 4 Para.
To be honest prior to any Engineer training given lads have to complete a Pre P. Company beat up, then prior to them completing P Company they will be given training to take them up to B3 level of engineering. Only after they have passed P Company will they be given further engineer training.
 
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Bravo_Bravo said:
mcguire123 said:
Hello all, i am currently RAF reg Reserve, id like to find out more about joining either 4 para or 299 para.
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Also im 44
Sorry mate, fact is you'd struggle with mere hat infantry, much less the Parachutists.
Don't listen to doubters like above, you will allways get them. There was a 43 year old on my p coy and he passed. Wasn't much of a racing snake but made up in other ways. If you want it enough, you will pass.

Choice is yours regarding 4para or 299. You can't go wrong if you go either way from what Ive seen. Either way you will have to get your self through p company first, to get anywere. That is a fact.

I don't know if 4para get priority over 299 jumps wise, as the only thing holding a few of us back at 299 now is the jumps courses getting canned. 4para are a bigger unit anyway so they will obviously have more allocations on jumps courses. Simple maths isn't it.
 
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mcguire123

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Bravo_Bravo said:
mcguire123 said:
Hello all, i am currently RAF reg Reserve, id like to find out more about joining either 4 para or 299 para.
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Also im 44
Sorry mate, fact is you'd struggle with mere hat infantry, much less the Parachutists.
Your a tool...........without use?
 
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mcguire123

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RIGRAT said:
Bravo_Bravo said:
mcguire123 said:
Hello all, i am currently RAF reg Reserve, id like to find out more about joining either 4 para or 299 para.
....
Also im 44
Sorry mate, fact is you'd struggle with mere hat infantry, much less the Parachutists.
Don't listen to doubters like above, you will allways get them. There was a 43 year old on my p coy and he passed. Wasn't much of a racing snake but made up in other ways. If you want it enough, you will pass.

Choice is yours regarding 4para or 299. You can't go wrong if you go either way from what Ive seen. Either way you will have to get your self through p company first, to get anywere. That is a fact.

I don't know if 4para get priority over 299 jumps wise, as the only thing holding a few of us back at 299 now is the jumps courses getting canned. 4para are a bigger unit anyway so they will obviously have more allocations on jumps courses. Simple maths isn't it.


thanks for response pal i appreciate it, its a shame, there are some frustrated old tools on here.
I think it will be 4 para.........but will speak with both.
chees
steve
 

The_Duke

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Moderator
#20
Steve,

As you said, go along and speak to them both. They both do the same P Coy and basic para courses, although the delays in getting on the basic para course are quite long as aircraft are quite rightly prioritised to support for operations. Both good units, ood operational focus and good quality regular staff.

It boils down to whether you want to be an infantry soldier or engineer.
 
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