Royal Irish


No you don't.

1 Royal Irish is one of the Air Assault Bns of 16 Bde, not a Para Bn. That said, there are a fair number on their strength who have done P Coy and Para courses.

The last I heard the intention was for an airborne trained Coy, but that is probably out of date now.


The Air Assault Brigade is part of the Army Orbat - originally it was the 7th Brigade sitting outside of the 6 other brigades which form both 1 UK Armd Div and 3 UK Div. The Air Assault Brigade was planned to be a stand alone high readiness asset to provide a quick punch to establish a footprint for follow on forces - in the form of the remaining 6 Brigades.

These days it is used together with all the other formed brigades (1, 4, 7, 12, 19 and 20) and the composite (11 Lt and 52) for normal if current Ops can be called such, tasks that we all do as troops from these formations.

So in sum; pretty much what every other brigade without Armour does - except all on the back of a fag packet.