Does anyone know what the recruit/transfere process is like for the Para TA? How do the roles/standards differe from the normal infantry? How do the officers in the Para TA normally get to their positions?
Other than tabbing a lot, what else is involved? I heard the training is far more up to the standard of the Regs. I also heard that the training differs from normal infantry as the emphasis is far more on being self sufficient for far longer.
Does anyone know what the recruit/transfere process is like for the Para TA?
How do the roles/standards differe from the normal infantry?
How do the officers in the Para TA normally get to their positions?.
1. Ask your PSAO to do the docs.
2. Fitness, ability to put up with all sorts of nonsense, fitness, slightly psycho, fitnerss, blatant disregard for personal wellbeing, and fitness
3. Stick their heads a little too far over the parapet or more seriously:
(a) Standard commissioning from the ranks
(b) Transfer in from another regiment having been commissioned
(c) Direct entry scheme (TAPOC and the like)
P.S. Did I mention fitness?
PSAO is the man for the transfer. Recruit training, assuming not already a trained infantry soldier is 8 weekends of basic infantry syllabus, but with greater emphasis on physical training and fieldcraft. Builds up to 10 miler on weekend 7 which is pass or fail criteria to attend Para Coy at Catterick. Then a joyous 2 weeks there for CIC and P Coy. Success is rewarded (?) by 2 weeks at RAF Brize Norton for Basic Para Course (TA).
As to standards, the sensible non biased side of me says that all infantry units have good and bad soldiers, Para Reg included. The ability to select does mean that there is potential to shift the basic quality marker slightly. Fitness will always be critical, as is the willingness to spend a lot of time being messed about by the RAF. Biased side of me says that it is mega in the Paras!!!!
If you want to be an officer, you can transfer with a commission and attempt P Coy wearing a white T shirt (always a pleasure) or become a trained soldier first, interview with you OC then starts usual commissioning process as per the rest of the army.
Pm if you want any details, or look at the website.