PARAs

#1
I am doing my RCb soon, so I know this is a little early however I am very keen to join the paras upon gaining my commission.

does anyone have any info ie typical officers day in paras...

do the officers/soldiers do the course at the same time or do they do seperate (all officer and all soldiers)?

any inf and insight would be very much appreciated!
 
#2
Benny? Are you from the Falklands?

There is no such thing as a typical day in the Army; every day is different :p

Officers do P Company and the BPC (jumps course) alongside the soldiers. The only difference is where officers stay at night; normally in an annex to the officers' mess. On P company there used to be a very simple way of telling soldiers from officers; officers are made to wear white shirts, soldiers wear red (some more recent lads can confirm if this is still done). As an officer you are expected to not only complete every event (and do it well), but also to lead and help people who are struggling.

Look very hard at yourself and ask why you want to become a Para. Most reasons do not seem to be so important when you are up to your knees in mud and your shoulder is being fcuked by a heavy metal stretcher. If you still want to do it, then the only way to be in the top 20% at RMAS (you will never be told you are btw), pass an interview at RMAS with the Paras (week 22 point??). I was never an officer with the Paras. but when I joined they seemed determined to change the image of a bunch of fit, but not bright, officers who were also thugs into fit, bright (ok, as much as an officer can be!) thugs :)

Good luck, but remember there is the whole army out there (I passed P coy in 1992, so ages ago).
 
#3
thanks dread,

the paras is the on reg i am interested in, i want to be part of the best the army has to offer. I want to be an officer who humps a bergen across along tab....to do proper soldiering!

If paras dont work out I sill want to be in the infantry. My next choice would be RRF?

Any views or advice?
 
#4
Some things also to remember

You will do the All Arms P Company not the Para Regt one which is (arguebly) harder due to the "lack of prep" WhatI mean by that is Para Regt soldiers are warmed up for P Coy over the whole of thier basic training, wheras the All Arms course you (may) do a pre para course and then turn up and do it, its more of a shock to the system.

As said before, its isn't just about getting points like the toms, you have to impress as well, I knew a guy on P Coy staff and he told us the story of an officer (whos daddy was very high up) who failed the course for being a jack cnut


oh also, if the stories are true, once passed and in the Platoon keep our eyes open and mouth shut, you may be an officer but I have heard of some real horror stories of para officers gobbing off and paying the price
 
#5
benny said:
thanks dread,

the paras is the on reg i am interested in, i want to be part of the best the army has to offer. I want to be an officer who humps a bergen across along tab....to do proper soldiering!

If paras dont work out I sill want to be in the infantry. My next choice would be RRF?

Any views or advice?
Being able to spell could be a start
 

The_Duke

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#6
Benny.

Learn to spell and construct sentences correctly, or RCB and Sandhurst are unlikely to be kind to you. The image of Para Regt officers only being issued with crayons may be funny, but is far from the truth.

Parachute Regiment officers do not do P Coy with Para Regt soldiers, they do it as part of All Arms P Coy. The soldiers do it as part of their recruit basic training.

As Dread has said, if you are successful in joining the Parachute Regiment, you are unlikely to have too many typical days.

Edited to apologise for being slower on the keyboard than Wellyhead - too much time spent checking my own spelling!
 
#7
I am at work so dont really have the time to review my typing, as I am typing at a fair rate of knots. So apologies for my apparant lack of knowledge of the English language!

Are you guys still in the paras?

Do the different battalions have different roles?

I am also a little unsure of the connection with 16 Air Assault?

Any experiences/info on the RRF?
 

The_Duke

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#8
Benny - your first chance to demonstrate Airborne Initiative.

Fooboy has posted a link on the other thread you posted on. Click on it, read it. Open all the attached links and read them too. Gain knowledge!!

I heve never served with the RRF so cannot comment on them.
 
#9
Take one step at a time. Passing RCB is about 10% of gaining a commission, Sandhurst is not easy. Allow yourself the luxury of thinking what you want do if you get thaere.
 
#10
thanks fellas, your help is greatly appreciated.

On a seperate note, I didnt attend Uni, will this be held against me at RCB?

I have a good answer if asked why, but just thought I would ask.

I can imagine (and have certaintly been told by Para/SAS) that it is incredibly hard for officers to earn any kind of respect from seasoned soldiers, especially in the early days? I am a working class geordie and down to earth, in your views would this be to my advantage?

I know that you have to work hard to GAIN the respect, and I am fully up for that challenge and actually looking forward to it, however I am trying to prepare myself for military/para life as much as possible.

I am trying to take everything one step at a time, however this is my dream and life long ambition, I dont want anything else more. Hopefully RCB will be ok, and I wil get to Sandhurst. I am however, nevous as hell about RCB, but only because I dont want to fail, this is the only career i want.

I know this is turning into an RCB string, but you guys seem to know the crack, so wanted to pick your brains!
 
#11
benny said:
thanks fellas, your help is greatly appreciated.

On a seperate note, I didnt attend Uni, will this be held against me at RCB?

I have a good answer if asked why, but just thought I would ask.

I can imagine (and have certaintly been told by Para/SAS) that it is incredibly hard for officers to earn any kind of respect from seasoned soldiers, especially in the early days? I am a working class geordie and down to earth, in your views would this be to my advantage?

I know that you have to work hard to GAIN the respect, and I am fully up for that challenge and actually looking forward to it, however I am trying to prepare myself for military/para life as much as possible.

I am trying to take everything one step at a time, however this is my dream and life long ambition, I dont want anything else more. Hopefully RCB will be ok, and I wil get to Sandhurst. I am however, nevous as hell about RCB, but only because I dont want to fail, this is the only career i want.

I know this is turning into an RCB string, but you guys seem to know the crack, so wanted to pick your brains!
Do you have A Levels?
 

The_Duke

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Moderator
#12
Benny, you have answered your own questions. Go to the RCB thread - all of your questions have been covered on there, and none of them are Para specific.

Duke
 

The_Duke

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#18
Benny,

Well done, you have let everyone know that you want to be in the Paras.

Everything you ask for is covered to death on Arrse. Use the search engines. You are unlikely to get any useful comments on here - those that do not like the paras will slag them off (cue "when was the last jump" chat). Those that do or have served will think that you are being idle by not finding out for yourself, reinforcing the idea of a junior officer wanting everything done for him, rather than work himself.

Have you looked at the website Fooboy pointed you to?

Duke
 
#19
Like everyone else has said so far, the best advice is take it all one step at a time, worry about each course/selection process at a time, that way, IF you fail you wont go and hang yourself straight away. Also, most soldiers will tell you, if you plan too far ahead, things will generally go tits up. Good luck on your courses, but dont think your 'in' till you are, P Coy is not easy by any standards even in this day and age, and you WILL question your reasons for being there should u get that far.

Good luck
 
#20
Benny,

I am at work also (unfortunately a desk job) and I am also very busy. The first thing you must do is lose your 'class warrior' edge. You sound like you want to be 'one of the boys' so much that you will risk befriending them, which they do not want, and will make your life very hard.

Sort your written work out. You don't just lead 'on long hard tabs', but all the time. If you are already making excuses for dropping your standards then it will show throughout (hence the polishing of boots can tell you alot about the state of mind of a person).

Good luck with RCB.
 

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