distances people travel to 4Para

#1
Hi all, first post.

I live in Hereford and intend on joining 4 Para next year.

Just wondering if anyone travels from down this way? Its a good 280 mile round trip. Not a problem for weekends but could be an issue for Tues eves, due to the M5/6 tfc issues.

Regards

James
 

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#2
James,

People travel significant distances, but the Tuesday night part is key while you are a recruit. You would miss too many lessons and progressive phys training if you didn't make the Tuesday nights.

Fine to miss a few (or even a lot) when you are trained and in the unit, not a realistic option during recruit training. Hereford to London or St Helens by 1930 on a regular basis is a big commitment.
 
#4
Much though I like 4 PARA, a 280 mile round trip sounds excessive.

The Commando Gunners in Bristol were a good unit, I am out of date on what they are doing now but they would be worth a look.

If you insist on joining 4 PARA it might still be an idea to get the basics sorted in a local unit and then transfer to 4 PARA. If you get a good recommendation from you local unit you should be able to skip most of the Tuesday nights and just do the weekends.
 
#6
Obviously it is possible to do mate and it will show a lot of commitment if you can manage it, but just be aware that even living a 5 mins from your TAC, its a massive commitment!!! Good luck
 
#8
As I understand it you might be most comfortably placed within pre-breakfast running distance, allowing time to stop to call the emergency services should you ever come across a suspected burglar who has fallen down a well :)
 
#11
2622 Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth have members from as far away as Newcastle to the South (650 mile round trip) and from Shetland and Orkney..so thats a good flight or ferry ride away.

I had a 170 mile round trip which in the winter was an absolute killer of a drive over the mountains!

Was it worth it...nope!..lol
 
#13
We had a guy last cadre lived in Ulster didnt do tuesday nights came to Glasgow for weekends got best student on P Coy
I take it he paid for the flights himself then?
 
#16
Over here in the land of Oz, the Army Reserves, equivalent to TA, the similar situation as yours does occur and on a greater distance. 2 Commando Coy, 1st Commando Regiment, which is based in a suburb of Melbourne, Williamstown, there were soldiers coming from Albury/Wadonga which is just a bit over 300 k's away. They used to come down on the Tuesday, after parade get a few hours kip at the drill hall then drive back. Same with 1 Commando Coy, 1st Commando Regiment, which are based in Mosman, Sydney, there were guys travelling up from Canberra, ACT a trip of around 300 k's.

I guess the moral in this tale is how's your commitment? I won't go into the differences between Oz/UK transport, because I cannot comment on the UK system, just as I stated, your commitment, and ways to get around the tyranny of distance.
 

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