para or 7 para RHA ?????

#1
hi,
Iv just sat my barb test and i have my formal interview on the 12th jan. Im undecided on which to join, I like the sound of them both but slightly more the artillery, via the 7th para training. does anyone have any info or suggestions on what to do, Im 24 at the mo' but iv been stoped by med docs for 2 years. I feel that the RHA would be best for me, as this reg offers artillery work, patroling work and relax time when on operations while the paras are full patroling combat with little relax. thanks.
 
#2
go paras mate , and theyre not 7 para either!! and looking at your picture seems yove already decided!!

p.s wouldnt have that as your picture until youve earnt it
 
#3
true...... its just that im not afraid of hights but im wouldnt say im a lover either. And i dont want to fail on the trainasium course in the pre para selection and waste time,
 
#4
pete84 said:
hi,
Iv just sat my barb test and i have my formal interview on the 12th jan. Im undecided on which to join, I like the sound of them both but slightly more the artillery, via the 7th para training. does anyone have any info or suggestions on what to do, Im 24 at the mo' but iv been stoped by med docs for 2 years. I feel that the RHA would be best for me, as this reg offers artillery work, patroling work and relax time when on operations while the paras are full patroling combat with little relax. thanks.
there's only 1 regt - para regt! 7 RHA good lads but are parachutist not paratroopers!

lol - to be trueful mate i see them at fob rob in 06 and they can call themselves what they like! airborne - but if you want it - go regt young man!
 
#5
are 7 para RHA still at buller barracks in aldershot
 
#7
ah sorry, I think it was gale barracks i meant, if i remember rightly 27 transport reg where at buller barracks and 7 para RHA where at gale barracks
 
#8
that is true, i think my future is with the paratroopers, like the careers officers said the all arms course and para course is a watered down version and its nothing like passing the real thing. It doesnt make you as good as a para doing the course. looking forward to starting troop training.
 

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#9
pete84 said:
that is true, i think my future is with the paratroopers, like the careers officers said the all arms course and para course is a watered down version and its nothing like passing the real thing. It doesnt make you as good as a para doing the course. looking forward to starting troop training.
So he knows as little as you do then!

Regular Para Regt recruits do P Coy as part of their recruit training. 7 Para RHA do the all arms course, along with all other trying for service in an airborne unit....and all Para Regt officers. There is a lot of banter about which way is harder, but the standards applied by the P Coy staff are the same.

The Para course is combined - no watered down about it.

If you want to be an airborne gunner, go for 7 Para RHA. If you want to be a member of the airborne infantry, go Para Regt.
 
#10
pete84 said:
that is true, i think my future is with the paratroopers, like the careers officers said the all arms course and para course is a watered down version and its nothing like passing the real thing. It doesnt make you as good as a para doing the course. looking forward to starting troop training.
Of course that's what the careers bloke said, he's a para. You still need to pass the same tests on the All Arms P-Coy.

At the end of the day, do what your head is teling you. If you get bored of being Para Regt in a couple of years (Afghanistan will eventually wear you down) you can always transfer later (they always say that too! :D )
 
#11
best of luck with whatever you choose to do mate. think about your option carefully before you decide. remember though you can apply to do p company with whatever regiment you decide to join
 
#12
pete84 said:
that is true, i think my future is with the paratroopers, like the careers officers said the all arms course and para course is a watered down version and its nothing like passing the real thing. It doesnt make you as good as a para doing the course. looking forward to starting troop training.
listen mucker - there is only 1 way to do it and be a 100% airborne warrior and thats to go through the factory from day 1. trust me pal 110%.
no matter what they call themselves, there are only 3PARAbns everyone else is a airborne hat! i have some very good awesome mates in 9 sqn and 7 rha - and after a few beers trust me, i let them know.

go for mate, keep your head down and drive on. thats all i can help you with - everything else you've gotta do yourself.

hopefully 1 day your cross my path and get the brews on, you necky crow!!
 
#13
fatsplasher said:
mattrlc said:
are 7 para RHA still at buller barracks in aldershot
Never at buller used to be at the North Camp Brks now at Colly.
mattrlc said:
ah sorry, I think it was gale barracks i meant, if i remember rightly 27 transport reg where at buller barracks and 7 para RHA where at gale barracks
They were at Lille barracks, North Camp now occupied by the Coldstreams
 
#14
that is my future now, 110% para, like you said one is a parachutist and the other is a paratrooper. anyone can be a parachutist, not everyone can be a trooper. thanks for th advice and if i do cross your path il get you a beer or 4.
 
#16
i havnt chosen my career over a few forum answers, iv been 50-50 through out and looking for advice from the regiments, and the paras take my fancy more than being a 6 mile sniper.
 
#17
iv got to take my medical docs back to the afco tomorrow and i have my interview on the 12th of this month, how long do you think it will be befor im looking at a entry date?
 
#18
it took about 2 months from my formal interview to get a selection date, i go on the 12th. the whole process has taken about 6 months (for paras).
 
#19
i went to make my application on the 11th dec, barb 17th dec, interview 12th jan so they are being good with my application. the careers guy said they ant to push recruits through quick now, with them dates do you think il be in quick, and im 24 do you think that is too old or not. thankyou.
 
#20
Jesus, you should certainly join The Parachute Regiment (PARA). If you're too stupid to learn the history of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne forces before deciding on a career you'll be classic cannon fodder airborne Infantry.

PARA are the best infantry regiment in the army, arguably the world. However they are just part of the Airborne Forces. To dismiss all the other Airborne units as so called 'Airborne Hats' is laughable and shows the originators ignorance.

All Parachute trained members of the Airborne Forces including the PARA are parachutists, that is the trade. Paratroopers is what the Yanks call parachutists. All non parachute trained troops are Hats, most non Parachute Regiment Airborne forces units have hat members as it's not essential that they all be parachutists.

All parachutists pass P-Coy, PARA do it as a part of their basic training except the PARA Officers, the all arms P-Coy is longer and more intense so the officers do the all arms one. Saying that the tests completed are the same, just done under different circumstances.

Finally the correct title of '7RHA' is 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. Artillery units are Regiments, the sub units Batteries. Therefore the correct abbreviation is 7 PARA RHA. So even H.M the Queen calls them that.

Good luck with your career and I'm sure you'll be an asset to the PARA.
 
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