what have display teams got to do with military jumping , display teams are self funded and dont use C130s they use civvie aircraft for demos with the exception of RAF FALCONS who do use the hercs but the rest of the teams ie Freds , Tigers and so on dont
Why do people keep blaming health and safety for this? It is nothing to do with H&S.
The Fire Brigade had a look at P Coy and decided that it wasn't hard enough to allow the lads to use their poles. While they admitted that the course was fine for the stretcher carrying part of the job, and excellent should a replacement pole be needed at a fire station 8 miles from the depot, the soldiers simply were not robust enough to hold down two or three different jobs while claiming for a bad back.
Most damagingly was the failure of Para recruits to understand the word 'Strike'. When told to strike they all started lathering each other instead of gathering round a nice BBQ outside the station and shouting the word 'Scab' at all and sundry (the also failed to find any mention of 'Socialist Worker' in the TAM.)
The course is packed solid since the course numbers have reduced, and there is a formal reserve list.
If you need to do the course, you will be loaded onto it. If you do not need to do the course, it is very, very unlikely that they will offer you a space just for the fun of it when the regular Bns (and TA) have people waiting.
Due to the high operational requirement for Hercules aircraft in the current climate, the MOD was considering postponement of the Basic Parachute Course run from RAF Brize Norton. However, after consulting with Staff and soldiers, the MOD is pleased to announce we will retain a reduced number of Basic Parachute Courses run each year, and instead postpone issue of parachutes. It is hoped that this will both minimise the workload of the aircraft, and streamline the administrative and pay requirements of servicemen and women attending the BPC.
Sorry if already posted but just received this reply re the No 10 petition about saving Airborne parachute training (link):
The Government remains firmly committed to maintaining the Armed Forces airborne parachute capability.
Reports that parachute training has been suspended or halted are incorrect. Such reports may have been made because of misinterpretation made of a savings measure that was taken in April 2007 that decided to suspend collective parachute training at Battle Group level for the next two years.
While it is true that Battalion strength parachute training has been suspended until March 2009, all individual parachute training, which includes all initial parachute training conducted at Number 1 Parachute Training School, is continuing. Individual training and collective training up to company level strength is also continuing unabated.