No fighting, shouting and mindless abuse please chaps. I've tried to discuss this with Paras in the past, and it quickly degenerates into a "hats, what would you know about it?" sort of thing. It's a serious question though. In what circumstances could we forsee a parachute drop as an act of war these days? It made sense in WW2 when we didn't have helicopters and TALO, and I can see the idea of SF, Pathfinders etc dropping in by 'chute, but a mass para drop? When I was on PURPLE STAR, the rules kept getting adjusted so the enemy couldn't fire on the DZ's for about 12 hours with anything bigger than 9mm, to give the drop time to take place. Not a hugely realistic scenario I suggest. There was talk of faster and faster 'chutes, so you spent less time in the air. Then there was a suggestion that if those extra couple of seconds was so critical to the survivability of your forces, then you were dropping in the wrong place. In a modern war, are we wasting precious resource on para training (the actual parachuting bit) when we might be better using the cash for airmobility training? I'm not suggesting the Paras be disbanded as such, but will there be a need for airborne infantry that wouldn't be better served by airmobile infantry, trained to the same high standards of fitness etc. I suspect this will end very quickly in a slagging match, but I do hope not.