Prince Andrew - P Coy?

#1
So there I am watching the Biography Channel with Mrs B2N and I see Tim Collins standing with HRH in twos with the Royal Irish marching about in the background. He was sporting a nice set of (Military Parachutist) Wings, in fine Royal Irish Colours.

So the question is, when did he do P Coy? I know Charles did RAF things to get his Wings but when did Andrew? I did read on the Wiki that he did the Commando Course, did he get them through the back door (excuse the pun).
 

The_Duke

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#2
No back door - AACC is an accepted arduous selection course and so off to Brize you go. Of course you have to be on strength of a para roled unit, or due posting to one as there is a backlog on the course. Was not such a problem in years gone by (and definately not for HRH!).
 
#3
The_Duke said:
No back door - AACC is an accepted arduous selection course and so off to Brize you go. Of course you have to be on strength of a para roled unit, or due posting to one as there is a backlog on the course. Was not such a problem in years gone by (and definately not for HRH!).
Wasn't looking for a bite but looks like I got one! No disrespect to all those who've passed AACC, just a bit of friendly banter. Before I get hammered by the Baked Beans amongst us..
 

Nehustan

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#4
I thought P company preceeded jumps, i.e. the maroon beret can be worn independently from the wings. Maybe (in fact probably) the jumps can also be carried out seperately especially as he is a.) HRH and b.) a pilot?
 
#6
Andrew's first jump was televised. Didn't he get twisted rigging?
 
#8
Bravo2nothing said:
So the question is, when did he do P Coy? I know Charles did RAF things to get his Wings but when did Andrew? I did read on the Wiki that he did the Commando Course, did he get them through the back door (excuse the pun).
No he didn't. Charlie boy qualified in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot, NOT the RAF. He had standards.....
 
#9
Nehustan said:
I thought P company preceeded jumps, i.e. the maroon beret can be worn independently from the wings. Maybe (in fact probably) the jumps can also be carried out seperately especially as he is a.) HRH and b.) a pilot?
That's a bit out of date Nehustan. 16AAB wear the beret en masse, I am sure those chicks they have on the books haven't done P coy!
 
#10
the_matelot said:
Bravo2nothing said:
So the question is, when did he do P Coy? I know Charles did RAF things to get his Wings but when did Andrew? I did read on the Wiki that he did the Commando Course, did he get them through the back door (excuse the pun).
No he didn't. Charlie boy qualified in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot, NOT the RAF. He had standards.....
Sorry to burst your bubble but Prince Charles passed the RAF pilot route...

As for Andy, he did AACC and thence wings. Prince Charles did a P Coy but I think without milling! If only he had waited a few years he could have taken on one of Di's HCR lovers and given them a good pounding!
 

The_Duke

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#11
Bravo2nothing said:
The_Duke said:
No back door - AACC is an accepted arduous selection course and so off to Brize you go. Of course you have to be on strength of a para roled unit, or due posting to one as there is a backlog on the course. Was not such a problem in years gone by (and definately not for HRH!).
Wasn't looking for a bite but looks like I got one! No disrespect to all those who've passed AACC, just a bit of friendly banter. Before I get hammered by the Baked Beans amongst us..
No bite B2N - statement of fact! I am certainly no sea-hat, and have no reason to defend their cause :D
 
#12
fish-head said:
Nehustan said:
I thought P company preceeded jumps, i.e. the maroon beret can be worn independently from the wings. Maybe (in fact probably) the jumps can also be carried out seperately especially as he is a.) HRH and b.) a pilot?
That's a bit out of date Nehustan. 16AAB wear the beret en masse, I am sure those chicks they have on the books haven't done P coy!
Actually, t'was ever thus. 2 OBLI were sporting maroon berets when they jumped out of their gliders to check that the Orne bridges were safe for the paras to scatter themselves around in June '44. :wink:
 

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