distances people travel to 4Para

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  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.


  2. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator


    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.
  3. Why on earth are you planning on joining a unit that's 140 miles from your house?
  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    The Commando Gunners in Bristol were a good unit, I am out of date on what they are doing now but they would be worth a look.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.
  5. We had a guy last cadre lived in Ulster didnt do tuesday nights came to Glasgow for weekends got best student on P Coy
  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
  7. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    watershed, Spenny - PMs for you
  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 :)
  9. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    If you are going to pick a man to try and outrun, try not to let it be that one!
  10. 4 1/2 hour round trip for me:|
  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
  12. No decent airborne units in Hereford.
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  13. I take it he paid for the flights himself then?
  14. Cheers for the input. Thinking i could make Tues eves on an R1!
  15. Don't 4Para have a TAC/HQ in Pudsey? Surely that would be easier...