Jumps Light bulb

#1
Help... I've been told that I may be able to a jumps course without being attached to an airbourne unit. I was told I'd wouldn't get wings but a lightbulb / balloon badge... nice! Anyone know more or even have a picture?
 
#3
bibo_boy said:
Help... I've been told that I may be able to a jumps course without being attached to an airbourne unit. I was told I'd wouldn't get wings but a lightbulb / balloon badge... nice! Anyone know more or even have a picture?
No picture, but you are absolutely right. Imagine 'wings' with no wings and then you've got it.
 
#5
No picture, but you are absolutely right. Imagine 'wings' with no wings and then you've got it.[/quote]

Cheers mate, thought so... Does that mean no P-Coy or no attachement to airbourne? (I'm not trying to get out of P-Coy before anyone asks!!!)
 

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#6
These what you're after ?



 
#7
Having a lightbulb means that you haven't served with airborne forces.

I.e. just done your jumps course and not been part of 16AA (or 5AB as it used to be).
 
#10
bibo_boy said:
student_grant said:
This has got to be a wah
Not really.... just the offer came up and I'd be a little silly saying.... "no" and just wanted more info?
Fair one, you shouldn't turn down the chance to go and do the course. But for the love of God please tell me that you aren't going to sew that badge on to your shirt
 
#11
How on earth are you going to get onto a jumps course when not in an AB role? I was under the impression thate there was barely enough funding to get TA in role through jumps!

One option is to go and get the Dutch para badge at Texcel. This is a 5-jump course on static line in Holland, which pretty much anyone can sign up for for around £120. However I'm interested to know the rules on WEARING foreign wings while not being UK-jumps qualified. I've recently seen a Nurse and a female 50s-60s member of a LONDIST Unit wearing Dutch wings even though neither was in any way, shape or form AB!
 
#12
another option would be to actually volunteer to serve with an airborne unit, do P company or whatever then go on the jumps course, smug in the knowledge that you actually deserve to be on it.

The other advantage of this approach is that you get paid to do it!!!

£120 to get some foreign wings??? WTF is that all about
 
#13
I seem to remeber it is at your COs discretion whether you can wear them or not. There was a link a few days ago..I will go in search.


From the Association of British Military Parachutists

http://www.abmp.freeserve.co.uk/


Upon completion of these courses, serving personnel may wear their brevet of qualification on the right breast of their uniform subject to approval by their Commanding Officer. See Qrs. Material Regulations, Volume 3, Pam 15,Para. 301-306. It should be noted that your Commanding Officer's decision is final!

Serving personnel must also note Qrs. Chapter 5 J5.369

Any individual wearing any badge, brevet wings or other emblem is to be so entitled by virtue of current or past service or qualification.

Course members are also reminded that it is a criminal offence to wear uniform or insignia that portray one as being a member or ex-member of a particular Regiment with intent to deceive.
 
#14
CaptainPlume said:
However I'm interested to know the rules on WEARING foreign wings while not being UK-jumps qualified. I've recently seen a Nurse and a female 50s-60s member of a LONDIST Unit wearing Dutch wings even though neither was in any way, shape or form AB!
Fair play to those who are mad enough to throw themselves out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft..... But why on earth would you want to wear a foreign set of wings on your kit if you did not have the equivalent UK qual? Smells a little "Walt-ish" to me.... especially when the badge can be obtained for just a little cash

GR
 
#15
student_grant said:
another option would be to actually volunteer to serve with an airborne unit, do P company or whatever then go on the jumps course, smug in the knowledge that you actually deserve to be on it.
Alternatively you can wear your wings if you complete an operational jump without completing P Coy, even if you did do P Coy without serving with an in role airborne unit you can't wear wings. The light bulb shows that you are parachutist, the wings identifies role.

£120 to get some foreign wings??? WTF is that all about
Being a walt is bad enough, paying to be one is worse!
 
#16
If I get offered the course then of course I'd do it :)

Not sure about the badge.... I just wanted to see what it was like?

I have alot of winged friends that may have an opinion about it! LOL

But Hell I might just do it to wind them up!
 
#17
CaptainPlume said:
How on earth are you going to get onto a jumps course when not in an AB role? I was under the impression thate there was barely enough funding to get TA in role through jumps!

One option is to go and get the Dutch para badge at Texcel. This is a 5-jump course on static line in Holland, which pretty much anyone can sign up for for around £120. However I'm interested to know the rules on WEARING foreign wings while not being UK-jumps qualified. I've recently seen a Nurse and a female 50s-60s member of a LONDIST Unit wearing Dutch wings even though neither was in any way, shape or form AB!
I once saw an airborne fanny!
 
#18
CaptainPlume said:
How on earth are you going to get onto a jumps course when not in an AB role? I was under the impression thate there was barely enough funding to get TA in role through jumps!

One option is to go and get the Dutch para badge at Texcel. This is a 5-jump course on static line in Holland, which pretty much anyone can sign up for for around £120. However I'm interested to know the rules on WEARING foreign wings while not being UK-jumps qualified. I've recently seen a Nurse and a female 50s-60s member of a LONDIST Unit wearing Dutch wings even though neither was in any way, shape or form AB!
WRONG WRONG WRONG, mostly weirdos actually wear these things FFS, if you cant do it dont try buying anything remotely similar.
 
#19
Vonshot wrote:

WRONG WRONG WRONG, mostly weirdos actually wear these things FFS, if you cant do it dont try buying anything remotely similar.
Fair play to people going off and doing the Dutch course (I did a bit of sports parachuting in my youth and know it can take guts to jump out of a plane), but surely it should be as AT and to get an interesting talking point to hang on your office wall. Do people who are good at canoeing put up foreign equivalents of the Swimmer Canoeist badge, or alpine climbers wear some kind of Bersalieri (sp?) qualification badge? IMHO, no!

The two recent wearers of the Dutch badge were a 5'1" male nurse who must have been all of 6 stone dripping wet and Bibo Boy's airborne FANY mentioned above, so I guess they were never going to be mistaken for real Paras.
 
#20
Wearing Dutch wings when you have not even done the British ABF course is questionable enough but to wear a foreign qualification which you can BUY is even more odd. Echoing Cap Plume I have only ever came across the more "different" members of the human race who would and do wear such badges.
 
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