Para Pathfinders

#1
Hey, im thinking of joining the paras shortly but while reading a magazine i read abit about pathfinders although hardly anything about training etc was said. Could anybody tell me abit more info about there training? thanks :lol:
 
#5
Pathfinder selection is now open to all I believe, but it is a tad difficult. Try Cdo or P Coy first and if you breeze these and want to try something difficult but don't fancy mincing around with black tape over your eyes then go for Pathfinder.

The course makes P Company look easy, and is only for the very fittest (mentally and physically) and skilled of soldiers (or the utter loonies!).

The reward? A nice long HALO and HAHO course (used to be in California) and plenty of trips to interesting places.
 
#8
If you want PF youre better off joining Para Regt first. Forget about PF for now as once in Para Regt you can find out all you need to know then. That's assuming you get into Para Regt first.
 
#9
LOL, Fallschirmjager - how true..... christ Pcoy and pre para was a killer would scare me off trying to be an ice cream van commander never mind trying for PF.

Gluck ab
 
#12
jimmi1 said:
Hi does anyone know if you have to do 3 years in the armed forces before you can go for pathfinder selection.
Nope,if you show the same skills and drills as Casey Ryback you'll be in in no time...
 
#15
I believe there was an article in Soldier magazine or some other simliar publication recently by an ex PF OC. He was explaining that only about 60% or so (possibly more, can't really remember...) of the PF were Paras, and that they drew from across the army. Neither he nor his successor were Paras.
 
#16
The_Swede said:
I believe there was an article in Soldier magazine or some other simliar publication recently by an ex PF OC. He was explaining that only about 60% or so (possibly more, can't really remember...) of the PF were Paras, and that they drew from across the army. Neither he nor his successor were Paras.
If I remember correctly, I think in late 1997 they opened it up to tri-service candidates.
 
#17
I know two, one of which was Parachute Regiment, the other Royal Signals, I cannot say what the breakdown of the platoon by cap badge is.
I have heard of RAF types going for pathfinder selection and being quite surprised to find out what entailed on the day that they turned up!
 
#19
Anyone give me any gen on what the cadre entails?
 
#20
I belive lots of year ago in the original version of Combat and Survival Magazine (The weekly version) They did a PF bit, havn't got the magazines but can remember a lot about LRRP stuff on Dartmoor? But maybe im wrong.....

http://www.army.mod.uk/para/pathfinder.htm

http://www.army.mod.uk/16_air_asslt_bde/picture_gallery/pathfinders.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathfinder_Platoon

http://www.specwarnet.net/europe/pathfinders.html

http://www.eliteukforces.info/parachute-regiment/

The above links might help!

Now when I was in training (Light Div) we had our last exercise on sennybridge, and I was part of a section that was tasked one night to complete a CTR on one of the barns, we went in completed the recce, and then next morning put in a platoon attack on the barn, my job was to throw thunderflash through barn window, then openup.........

........ 1 black eye later, and a very pi$$ed off member of Pathfinder DS we found out that they had moved into the barn during the night, and we had woken them up. To a very young redarrse in training, they were and still remain very scarry :)
 

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