Same here, but from an RE perspective.It most certainly was seen as that in my day ('80s & '90s). Additionally, one wasn't considered a paratrooper unless one had been through Depot PARA or had earned the Parachute Regiment capbadge.
I have considerably more respect for the lady than I do for the useless f**ks who swan about in a maroon beret with no intention of even attempting P Coy.
P Coy trained was the absolute minimum for 99% of the Sqn. Rite of passage.
Everyone would know if you’d earned your maroon or not.
To suggest otherwise is cobblers.