Officers - Parachute Regiment

Hello All,

I've searched for an answer on this forum and, forgive me if I didn't look hard enough, but I can't find anything.

I'm 27 years old (old being the operative word), and a graduate of UCL. I'm physically capable (I compete in Muay Thai) and have been working in the city for the past 3 years. Is there any chance of me being sponsored by the Parachute Regiment?

Thanks in advance.
Fair point.

However, I have already enquired through their website but am beside myself in anticipation as I want it very badly! :(

Of course, I will call if I don't hear back.

Have you (or anyone else) heard of late entry in to Parachute regiment as an Officer?

Suggest a trip to the AFCO ASAP given your age to get the definitive yay or nay as a hasty trip to Westbury for briefing and main board would be required if it was a yay. THEN find out if you can join the Paras (bearing in mind you need to do the Para POC) and sponsorship prior to Sandhurst does not guarantee you a place in the regiment of your choice, you would have to do the Regimental Selection Board at Sandhurst like everyone else.
Personally, i'd be very surprised if the Army would consider a 27 yr old PO for the Infantry. Bearing in mind that you would be, at least. 28 on commissioning, maybe even 29. The present Officer career profile would also just not work for you. That, and the fact that i am sure that there is an age cap on Officers joining the Infantry.


Laid off by Lehman's?
Frankie, there's no age barrier for joining the Infantry - i'm fairly recently commissioned, and in my platoon one of the guys who went 4 Scots was 29 at the time.
Well, I had an interview yesterday with the Army Careers officer.

The interview went well. As expected, my age (27) came up. For this reason, the lady I spoke with has made every effort to get things moving for me pronto and gave me dates for briefing (Jan) and main board. I was then called from Westbury this morning and they've brought my briefing forward to begining of Nov, which was pleasing.

I'm told that the Parachute regiment, as with the Infantry as a whole, is unlikely - it would be difficult to get anyone to agree to arrange a familiarisation day for me, for starters. Could any of you kindly clear something up for me? Do you think it possible for me to attend the briefing, and providing I performed outstandingly, then go to an Infantry regiment and say, "I've done this very well, please now consider me for sponsorship"? Would it make a diffrerence? Or do I need to be sponsored before main etc. What is the order re: sponsors?

It may seem i'm flogging a dead horse here, but I want the infantry and must try every avenue.

Many thanks for any advice.
Don´t get too hung up about choice of regiment, particularly if you don´t have any previous military experience (it looks like you don´t, having read your posts). There´s a lot more to the army than just the infantry, so wait ´til you get to Sandhurst, see all the presentations, meet a few people and then make your choice. Also, a few nights digging trenches in the rain at Thetford may help you decide.
Thanks Jorrocks, seems like sound advice.

I'm just not sure how best to play this. I've heard talk of recruiting officers steering PO's towards /away from certain regiments etc, and a chap mentioned earlier that he knew someone who was 29 when joining the Scots Guards - therefore I don't know whether I may miss out on my initial preference simply because i didn't stick to my guns, or whether I should just be more pragmatic/realistic. :?
From my experience, you may be fighting the tide getting into an infantry unit at your age, but it's still possible if you prove you are capable. I'd say the first thing you need to concentrate on is getting a sponsorship for RMAS, from any unit, but preferably from a teeth arm, as you are coming up to age limit very quickly. Have you considered looking at tankies too? As Jorrocks states, don't get caught up on one particular role, have a look at all of them and decide.

If it's the physical challenge you're attracted too then consider some of the attached units of the gunners or sappers such as 7 RHA. Plus there are the FAC, FOO roles to consider too.

Finally, if you do decide that infantry is the way you want to go, well you have a fair amount of time at RMAS to prove that you are up to the job and to make some contacts who can help sort a visit for you.
On my initial visit to AFCO at 27 and half, I was informed straight away I was too old for infantry, as by the time I'd have completed RMAS and Pl comd course I'd be pushing 30, whereas they are ideally looking for subalterns in their 20's.

WCR26 - I'd get cracking with briefing and a couple of fam visits, if you are like me, then its a case of tick tock before 29 comes along!
I hope you know that (according to todays Sun) that if you are a Para Officer you have to sexually gratify the Troops after a hard tour in Afghan (Allegedly)!!
Thomothehun said:
I hope you know that (according to todays Sun) that if you are a Para Officer you have to sexually gratify the Troops after a hard tour in Afghan (Allegedly)!!
I'll have to take your word for that....oh, sorry - The Sun's word for it, of course :wink:

I was in a similar position to you on starting Sandhurst. I was split between infantry and the sappers but was around the same, elderly?, age as you. The sappers then became my no.1 choice and I'm very happy with the choice I made.

Yes, there is an age question you have to answer but don't exaggerate it. If you want inf you just need to demonstrate your fitness at Sandhurst and insist in interviews that despite your age you still want to do it. As mentioned on this thread there are lots of elderly platoon commanders knocking about.

I strongly believe you need to start thinking about which regiments/corps now - before Sandhurst. The year there flies by and although there are some visits there is very little 'thinking time'. I suspect the army career advisors have a budget of 2 visits per potential officer but I think you should push for more.

There is one final point I'd throw in to the mix. How are inf lieutenants treated compared to their corps counterparts? This may be unfair but I suspect inf lieutenants/junior captains don't get the same freedom of action and perhaps older officers are better off in a corps? Again that may be completely unfair.

To be honest, if you are good enough and fit enough you should get into the Infantry. I was 27 when I commissioned and a friend who was 29. He went Para.

The Paras have struggled to fill places at SH at times, so you may be lucky.

I would advise to get a PO visit done with Para and another strong Inf Regiment (ie Fusiliers if you live in London) before you go to Sandhurst and turn up fit at SH. Tricam is right, but if you contact the Regimental HQ's yourself, you can do more than two visits.

You'll then just have to "do your best" and see how it goes.

Good luck!!
Locale permitting get yourself along to 10coy 4PARA and see if you can get into their holding platoon. I believe there are a few vacant slots and you would be demonstrating some commitment as well as getting the correct steer from the horse's mouth so to speak.

You're still keeping your options open, a subbie in my coy was 39 when he passed P Coy, over 40 when he got his wings, but perhaps that's heading to Col Kurtz territory.
Thanks guys, that's made me feel even more positive.

Also, I have an invitation to meet a Colonel at Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and the Paras have sent me some forms to send off in order to register for POC - I can't imagine either regiment would send me these letters if sponsorship wasn't possible.

I know I must make sure I'm capable, prepared and superfit - to be honest, that's all I wanted to hear. If it's in my hands, I believe I can get in. :D
Glad to see you've got most of it sorted, congrats. You say you have you're Briefing at the start of November, is that the 3rd and 4th because if so I'll be on that one hopefully and will see you there. I too am trying for the Paras and have just done their insight course weekend. I recommend going on that if you haven't already, absolutely tremendous and a good indication of fitness. The log race is death, but when you keep on it the whole way you've never felt better about yourself. I shouldn't imagine your age will be too much of an issue, as long as you have the right attitude and physical standards that's what their main search is for. The only way I can see it making a difference is if there are 9 or 10 of you going for it at the same time and are of the same standards. Good Luck
Thanks Cloud88111.

My briefing is actually a couple of weeks after yours - obviously it would have been a bonus to know some names upon arrival.

Glad you enjoyed the Para insight course and I have a few questions for you, if you don't mind. When did you sign up for the insight course and how long did it take you to get on one? Can you choose the dates yourself, or do you get on when they put you on? Reason I ask is that I twisted my ankle last week and although I think that with some rest time I can be back up and running in time for MSFT at briefing, don't think I can fit the para insight course in too.

Also, are you booked on the Para POC? How long did it take them to get back to you on that? Have you booked any other FAMS?

Understand what your saying about my age maybe coming into the equation if there are 9 or 10 people of the same standard - I'll just have to make sure there aren't! :D

(Just to clarify, I don't intend to take anyone out! :wink: just get myself ship-shape and then some)

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