It depends on what you want to join, generally if the unit is part of either 3 Cdo Bde or 16 AA Bde then you would be invited to attempt either of the courses, generally if you don't pass then they will either offer a non-role job or hand you over to another unit.
The TA airborne and RMR both do their respective selection courses (as indeed do 'Them' and 'Those').
To do TA P Coy simply join 4PARA or any airborne TA unit (RE, RA, RSigs, RLC(?), etc).
To do the Commando Course join the RMR.
If you want to join 'Them' then head off to either 21 or 23 SAS. I am not too sure on the entry method for 'Those', and I suspect you have to have been RMR before being allowed to attempt selection of the SBS.
All the TA courses differ from the Regular course mainly in terms of duration. The tests at each phase are normally the same, but the difference does lead to some ribbing. Also it would be almost impossible to expect a new TA SAS trooper to have anything like the ability of a regular SAS soldier. Why? Because people can join the TA SAS directly, unlike in the Regular Army where there is a minimum requirement of 2 years service. Also the TA do not have the time (or the training budget) to go off and do Jungle and the other more exotic phases of the training in one go. (I stand to be corrected by those more up-to-date and knowledgable)
haha. you must be joking. last info i had was that when 289 became part of 201 the co wanted "gunners not paras". if things have changed then fair cop, but every time i speak to guys involved in the unit they say it hasn't.
so 201 are calling themselves an air assault battery now. tickles me
(no offence intended to anyone in 201 who has wings)
There's been talk about the prospect of RY soldiers taking on P Coy and AACC as part of their role supporting 16 AA and 3 Cdo Bdes.
Possible, but given MTD restrictions and the usual intertia, I wouldn't hold your breath.
Still, brilliant regiment, though. And who needs the glamour of a swanky beret when you can charge around in a small tank? Without the need for buggery, sideburns or cross-dressing. As anyone who's worked with the embarassingly enthusiastic "Airborne" loggies and signallers knows they are secretly consumed with self loathing. And quite rightly so.
Not for me thanks, chef. I'll have some more pies, please - always advisable to have a bit of padding for turret stabilisation when striking Rommel poses on the move.
I know a few people at that unit. P Coy courses are few and far between, I know one lad who had to wait 2 years to get on one and when I phoned them enquiring about a transfer, the person on the phone appeared to know bugger all and hadn't even heard of the bloody course. As for the contact details, the number was in my phone but i binned it. Google it.
I know another Bty in the same Regt (based in Bristol) is in the process of re-rolling from Airborne to Commando, with a few of the lads going on the AACC this summer (if not already).