Fally, please dont take this the wrong way, but cadets run off the back of Chinooks as well (probably not under fire though!) - anyone with two legs anyone can do it, in fact, its probably motability scooter friednlly as well. Seriously though, its incredibly sad that we have lost a proper airborne capability as we had with 5AB and now need to dress it up as 'airmobile.' which is hardly a specialist concept. A para-drop capability is an enormous capability in terms of both logisitics, skill and indeed guts. An airmobile concept is no different from transporting a gaggle of window lickers from A to B on the happy bus - my mother does that for a living! And that is no disrespect to all those winged up - its just a sad fact of the current defence and economic climate. Understand youre recently back from a sandy place - good to see you home safe mate.
No disrespect intended Fally / AirborneJock, I was merely trying to state that the parachuting element of being airborne seems to be constantly and slowly eroded away. All soldiers, from any unit are capable of heli-deploying, parachuting is a completely different animal yet our political masters seem to think this is a concept that we can either have on a much smaller scale than before or perhaps even do away with altogether. Ill never understand the muppets who give it 'the last ever massed drop was Suez.....' rubbish. It only needs to be needed ONCE and we'll be kicking ourselves if the capability isnt there!