There was a time it was only open to members of the Airborne Brigade or para qualified blokes. There were guys joining it from outside the Brigade when I was in (1983-90) from non-Airborne units, although at that time anyone from a line Regt had to do P-Coy, Brize and then re-badge, however the majority of applicants still came from within the Brigade either the Para battalions or support units (9 Sqn RE, 7 RHA, 216 Sig Sqn, 23 PFA or whatever they call themselves now).
I've been told that anyone applying now from non-Airborne units don't do P-Coy first but they are awarded the maroon machine if they pass PF selection
You can be any cap badge. As long as you have at least 2 years service under your belt before application. You attend PF selection if you succeed you then do p-coy then your jumps at brize. Once this is done you then get the beret but keep your parent unit cap badge. 4 years later if you haven't been selected to transfer to para regt its bye, bye Im afraid back to your original unit.
This is gen inf, they used to be at Wattisham (My current units loc) and I was intrested in doing it myself so I went to see there headshed and thats what they told me.
The Glider Pilots, (Air Landing, the same as the Brigade is now,) also wore the Pegasus on their battledress - so why was Peggy binned in favour of the puking budgie ? Oh, I remember, the Blairite ideal of slotting traditions
The Parachute Regiment originated from No 2 Commando, who then became 11 SAS and subsequently 1st Parachute Battalion. Additional Battalions were formed from volunteers from the rest of the army. Note at this stage these units were not under command of the Army Air Corps.
To quote from PARA by Peter Harclerode (page24)
Thus airborne forces were well and truely established by the end of 1941, but they did not yet possess any corporate identity in the form of a parent regiment. To remedy this the War Office decided that all parachute battalions would form part of a new formation to be designated the Army Air Corps, which would also contain another new, yet to be formed, body -the Glider Pilot Regiment. On 24th February 1942 both were formed and became part of the British Army's wartime order of battle.
In fact the Parachute Regiment did not join the ORBAT until August 1942
When you refer to the Army Air Corps you imply that the Regiment bearing that name are the same wartime 'Corps' that was the umbrella for Airborne Forces during WWII. Pushing it a bit there methinks, your own history shows that the current AAC evolved post WWII.
Can't beleive you called me a pedant All done in the best possible taste