Sitting about waiting at work and playing get-on-the-bus-get-off-the-bus led to a conversation with an ex-army colleague. I mentioned the thread on ARRSE regarding the lack of parachute training because the crabs don't have enough C-130s. This led onto a more general discussion about paratroopers and airborne troops in general. Now I'm not talking about the hoary old "why do we need paratroopers?" chestnut, but what we came out with was this: If parachuting was just one type of delivery method for elite light infantry, and you didn't really have a parachute regiment anymore, what would the model for the British army for elite infantry (i.e. airmobile/ commando) in the 21st century? US army Rangers model (no laughing at the back)? AACC combined with P Coy? Or something entirely different. Would it be a nominated unit given that role and training (i.e. "The Rifles" are roled and trained thus) or would it be volunteer-transfer entry? Excuse my ignorance if the 1 PARA SF-support thing is filling this void, I don't know much about it. In the end, the guy I was talking to came back to the conclusion that paratroopers were now effectively an anachronism but that you very definitely needed something like the parachute regiment. But maybe without the emphasis on jumping out of aeroplanes... Discuss?