Do you really have to be a meathead to be a para?!

#1
Hi guys!

A random question here i know, But do you really have to be a body builder to be in the paras?When i turn to certain people and say im mad about being in the regiment they say no chance because im not big enough to which i think **** ya im going to prove you wrong!But still i wonder. Could someone with some real insight plaese help me out on this. I am somewhere between a ectomorph and mesomorph type build(Not the skinniest going basically) 11 stone fairly low body fat percentage and about 5 ft 10.

Many thanks
 
#2
I'm told by my grandpa (ex para himself) that most paras are short, stocky types. I'm six foot four, and not too stocky, and I'm certainly not a meathead, and I'm going to try my damnedest to get in to it. When I met a few paras from their recruiting team they all seemed like pretty normal blokes, so I guess all you need is reasonable fitness and a load of grit and determination.
 
#3
Cheers for you reply mate. I think you have to be a little more than reasonably fit though. Im reasonably fit now but not at all ready for selection(1.5 run time being the one to work on most). Good luck trying mate.
 
#5
Have you considered the RAF reg't and 2sq? I had a brief stint there but was too young and immature 5 years on and I'm looking at either dog handler or back to the reg't. I learnt (however may have changed) that the sas will only select from paras and RAF reg't 2sq, worth a look?
 
#7
have you considered the raf reg't and 2sq? I had a brief stint there but was too young and immature 5 years on and i'm looking at either dog handler or back to the reg't. I learnt (however may have changed) that the sas will only select from paras and raf reg't 2sq, worth a look?



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ugly

LE
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#8
Its a bit early for popcorn and a comfy chair, I'm waiting on Fally and 5A to chime in!
 
#9
Hi guys!

A random question here i know, But do you really have to be a body builder to be in the paras?When i turn to certain people and say im mad about being in the regiment they say no chance because im not big enough to which i think **** ya im going to prove you wrong!But still i wonder. Could someone with some real insight plaese help me out on this. I am somewhere between a ectomorph and mesomorph type build(Not the skinniest going basically) 11 stone fairly low body fat percentage and about 5 ft 10.

Many thanks
You do not have to be like Charles Atlas mate..

Your size & weight seems about fine.

It's all about fitness, grit & determination.

The willingness & ability to go that mile further, when all around you have jumped on the Jack wagon.

P Company is Easy!...............................If you're Fit & not a Jackman!
 
#10
Have you considered the RAF reg't and 2sq? I had a brief stint there but was too young and immature 5 years on and I'm looking at either dog handler or back to the reg't. I learnt (however may have changed) that the sas will only select from paras and RAF reg't 2sq worth a look?

Sniff....Sniff....
 
#11
Cheers for your reply mate but the RAF 2 squadron isn't for me(even if you do do p company). To where that maroon beret would give me a boner the size of three men put together so my interest still stands with the paras and the infantry.
 
#12
Sorry I'm not mentally challenged enough to get the joke. I'm sure it's extremely hilarious and well thought out though :) Aww..
 
#13
Fair enough dimebag, obviously the paras are more highly regarded due to historical efforts, I'd love the challenge but I'm probably too soft :)
 
#14
That was understatement there. 1.5 miler in under 9:10 and you're fit enough. I'm aiming for 9 flat.

Yeh that's good mate. Well right now i can do 2 miles in 14 which isn't amazing i know. What do you do to lower your run time e.g hill running sprints etc?
 
#15
Fair enough dimebag, obviously the paras are more highly regarded due to historical efforts, I'd love the challenge but I'm probably too soft :)


Well at the end of the day your still doing the same training, but just not joining the there regt. But i suppose on what you mean as a whimp lol If your not some over sensitive shy type then why not just ******* go for it!!
 
#16
I'm not in the Parachute Regiment, but I know a few people who are. The answer is no, you do not need to be a "meat-head". You do need to be fit and capable of getting fitter. You also need to have the right attitude and level of determination (the airborne types will better be able to tell you what this is). I can't speak for soldiers, but certainly the officers tend to be some of the highest calibre in terms of physical and intellectual ability.

Good to see the RAF Regt self-publicity machine in action again. For the record the SAS recruit from across the armed forces, not just from the PARA Regt (or the RAF Regt). I understand that the PARA Regt is very well represented within the SAS. I have not heard the same about the RAF Regt and frankly would be surprised if it was, given that the RAF Regt is essentially a guard force akin to the RLC pioneers (albeit with an airborne/air-mobile element).
 

ugly

LE
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#17
Hang on dont slag off the Chunkies, I'm sure they deploy as much and back in the 80's 6 Airmobile must have had a chunkie det.
 
#18
I'm not in the Parachute Regiment, but I know a few people who are. The answer is no, you do not need to be a "meat-head". You do need to be fit and capable of getting fitter. You also need to have the right attitude and level of determination (the airborne types will better be able to tell you what this is). I can't speak for soldiers, but certainly the officers tend to be some of the highest calibre in terms of physical and intellectual ability.

Good to see the RAF Regt self-publicity machine in action again. For the record the SAS recruit from across the armed forces, not just from the PARA Regt (or the RAF Regt). I understand that the PARA Regt is very well represented within the SAS. I have not heard the same about the RAF Regt and frankly would be surprised if it was, given that the RAF Regt is essentially a guard force akin to the RLC pioneers (albeit with an airborne/air-mobile element).
Well its been a dream of mine for many years so i am thoroughly determined and prepared to do whatever it takes.
 
#19
Sorry I must have been mis-informed, I though anyone could apple for sas selection however the sas would only usually pick specially recommend recruits from para and 2sq due to having already done pre para training and have already earned wings. Could easily be wrong though.
 
#20
Sorry I must have been mis-informed, I though anyone could apple for sas selection however the sas would only usually pick specially recommend recruits from para and 2sq due to having already done pre para training and have already earned wings. Could easily be wrong though.
From what i can gather you dont apply to the SAS, You get chosen if you stand out and have the right qualities and like you say over half are made up of paras and i would assume the rest come from the marines and other infantry regiments.
 

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