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#3
Yes, It's true due to cut backs the MOD are trying to save on everything.

But it's been agreed with most local fire stations you can go and slide down their poles!!!!!!! :twisted:
 
#4
apparently (and emphasis on the word) they havent completely cut em, only reduced the amount of BPCs they run due to the Hercs being in the Sandpits
 
#5
there are many facets within military parachuting while so i'd guess that parachute display teams would go first i was there in march an that was the jist of what we were told
 
#6
jepprob87 said:
there are many facets within military parachuting while so i'd guess that parachute display teams would go first i was there in march an that was the jist of what we were told
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
 
#7
aston said:
hi ive been told there cancelling the jumps course could some one shed some light on it
Bollox.

They haven't cut back on jumps courses at all - its all rumour and hearsay

Edited to add: MOD, could we have this locked now as the subject has been beasted to death.
 

ABF9

Old-Salt
#8
badger22 said:
Yes, It's true due to cut backs the MOD are trying to save on everything.

But it's been agreed with most local fire stations you can go and slide down their poles!!!!!!! :twisted:
Most fire poles are not alowed to be used now under health and saftey.
 
#9
ABF9 said:
badger22 said:
Yes, It's true due to cut backs the MOD are trying to save on everything.

But it's been agreed with most local fire stations you can go and slide down their poles!!!!!!! :twisted:
Most fire poles are not alowed to be used now under health and saftey.
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.)
 
#11
Yes..I chose to jump at 109 ft. But my chute didnt open in time, so I died.


When they said jumps have been cut, they didnt meant the training.

I think they meant that brigade exercises have cut down on jumps, due to availabilty of the Hercs and costs. So its now helibedfords.

This thread needs to die, its been done already...
 
#12
walterego said:
This seems like a more serious thread
On the parachute jumps can you pick the height you jump at ?

hahahahahahaha
f*ck off!


WAH!
 
#13
armies said:
Yes..I chose to jump at 109 ft. But my chute didnt open in time, so I died.


When they said jumps have been cut, they didnt meant the training.

I think they meant that brigade exercises have cut down on jumps, due to availabilty of the Hercs and costs. So its now helibedfords.

This thread needs to die, its been done already...
sorry armies had to post this as i think others should be able to see you great opening sentence on this quote above..good stuff,well funny...
 
#14
What's the deal with rocking up to Brize on the first day of a BPC as a travelling reserve?

I've heard this used to be no problem but have PCAU become a little more organised/stricter? Any info greatly appreciated.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#15
Pongo21,

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.
 

Sarastro

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#16
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.
www.army.mod.uk/news/

Shocker!
 
#17
Could try "man power flight"

Climb on the roof of your RHQ.....flap your arms and jump! once done by a sapper at Chepstow.......many moons ago
 
#18
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.
I'm not au fait enough to comment on its accuracy or implications although I did qualify in free-fall with (not in) the Booties many moons ago.
 
#19
badger22 said:
Yes, It's true due to cut backs the MOD are trying to save on everything.

But it's been agreed with most local fire stations you can go and slide down their poles!!!!!!! :twisted:
In the interests of gender balance, potential future female recruits to the Air Assault Bde are required to dress scantily and wriggle around the lower half of the pole.
 

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