APJI Wings

#1
Came across my old Osprey book about the Paras 1940-1984 and in the centre picture section is a drawing of a Para NCO wearing APJI wings.

Having never actually seen a pair actually being worn just wondered if these were still issued.

Ta
 

the_boy_syrup

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#2
#3
BADGE, QUALIFICATION
Parachute Jumping Instructor Assistant.

NSN: 8455-99-973-9147

Badge Qualification. Army. Parachute Jumping Instructor Assistant. Cloth. Embroidered. Blue, white
and green on khaki. Parachute with wings. Lettering "APJI" within wreath.
 

ugly

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#4
I certainly remember seeing them on a despatcher type chap in Stanley in 1985. He was doing the underslung loads for the food blenders.
 
#5
Came across my old Osprey book about the Paras 1940-1984 and in the centre picture section is a drawing of a Para NCO wearing APJI wings.

Having never actually seen a pair actually being worn just wondered if these were still issued.

Ta

These are quite common around TA Airborne units and worn predominantly by SNCO's. The APJI course priority was given to PSI's attached to the units as well as TA SNCO's. It was a two week course in duration with the emphasis on balloon despatching. I'm not current with how APJI's factor with the Skyvan, beyond preparing and checking the troops for embarkation.
 
#6
These are quite common around TA Airborne units and worn predominantly by SNCO's. The APJI course priority was given to PSI's attached to the units as well as TA SNCO's. It was a two week course in duration with the emphasis on balloon despatching. I'm not current with how APJI's factor with the Skyvan, beyond preparing and checking the troops for embarkation.
Further to Alec's post, the APJI course I attended in 2006 was a week's duration - the balloon being out-of-service now - and our role with regard to the Skyvan is, with the addition of writing the manifest, no more than what he's already stated.
 
#7
Our old RSM wore this badge. (Yorkshire ACF)
 

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