Looking at Joining the Paras

#1
Hi all,

Ive been looking at joining the paras since I've been at uni for the past 3 years. I gradute in May and want to sign up. Im seeing my carrers office this week (for the first time!) how long am I looking at before i get accepted? fitness wise im running 1.5 miles in 9:00, I've run the marathon 2 twice and hit the weights three times a week.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!
 

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#3
SouthLondon Chap, So many threads on here about joining the para/guards/raf regt/and every other unit in this mans army . It,s not about how fit you are, it,s about your determination and spirit . Unless you smoke 60 a day and 24 pints of lager every night, you should be fine the Army Machine will get you fit so get down to the ACIO .

PS you can do the drinking and smoking when you get to Bn.

cheers
 
#4
SouthLondonChamp said:
Hi all,

Ive been looking at joining the paras since I've been at uni for the past 3 years. I gradute in May and want to sign up. Im seeing my carrers office
Carrers Office? Gradute? And been at Uni for 3 years? You'll obviously fit right in :twisted:

SouthLondonChamp said:
and hit the weights three times a week.
Definitely will fit in, the rest of us lift the weights, use your head did you?
 
#6
The main question you need to ask yourself is will you be satisfied once you are serving in a Para battalion?

Let's assume you satisfy the ACIO, and pass through Catterick/Sandhurst then PCOY (by no means easy) will you be happy spending a few years in a parachute battalion?
I say this objectively - not abusively - the Paras are simply ultra fit light infantry with attitude. If you join them expect the usual garrison bull, some hard exercises and a few jumps. There will also probably be a tour in Afghanistan at some point.

That might be exactly what you are looking for, if so good luck. Personally I would cast my net a bit wider; the army has a lot more to offer. You can sign up for a lot more interesting trades and still go airborne and get campaign medals.
 

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