The Paras BBC Documentary

#3
I actually have the book that accompanied the series.

It's interesting to wonder what became of them 25 years on. These three I know about -

- Cpl Al Slater, one of the instructors, later joined the SAS and was killed in action in Ulster in 1984.

- Dean Ward, the only black recruit, competed in three Winter Olympics as a bobsledder and won a Bronze Medal at Nagano in 1998.

- Rod Stoner, who won the Best Recruit award, worked for Aegis Defence Services and later became a whistleblower on their activities in Iraq.

Any others ? Keeping PERSEC in mind, of course
 
#5
Chimurenga said:
I actually have the book that accompanied the series.

It's interesting to wonder what became of them 25 years on. These three I know about -

- Cpl Al Slater, one of the instructors, later joined the SAS and was killed in action in Ulster in 1984.

- Dean Ward, the only black recruit, competed in three Winter Olympics as a bobsledder and won a Bronze Medal at Nagano in 1998.

- Rod Stoner, who won the Best Recruit award, worked for Aegis Defence Services and later became a whistleblower on their activities in Iraq.

Any others ? Keeping PERSEC in mind, of course
A lot of the staff still live here in the Shot.
 
#7
boredcivvy said:
For those who are interested or have not seen it yet, it has been put back on youtube, after being taken down for a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgh5E-FwgXg&feature=related


I love the bit were the guy from 21 or 23 SAS gets a bollocking from the Troop Commander for 'cruising' through the Para Depot training!

How nails is he??? making 1980's Para training look like light duties!
You mean Platoon commander
 
#8
Dean Ward is a Bon Euf and fcukign quick sprinter
 
#9
[/quote]

You mean Platoon commander[/quote]

Apologies, its my lack of military knowledge!

Sandy,

would that be the norm though?? that the TA SAS would be that much higher standard than Regular Paras?

Its obvious that 22 SAS would be in another league, but i didnt know that 21 and 23 would be that higher standard than 1,2 or 3 PARA??
 
#10
You mean Platoon commander[/quote]

Apologies, its my lack of military knowledge!

Sandy,

would that be the norm though?? that the TA SAS would be that much higher standard than Regular Paras?

Its obvious that 22 SAS would be in another league, but i didnt know that 21 and 23 would be that higher standard than 1,2 or 3 PARA??[/quote]

I wouldn't get carried away with that thought.
 
#11
what bit about T.A SF cruising through the depot? can't remeber that bit, and i serously doubt anyone has ever "cruised" through depot ,part time "SPECIAL forces" being as good as professional full time soldiers? mmmmmmmmmmmmmm? i have my doubts.
 

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#12
sneeky_turd said:
what bit about T.A SF cruising through the depot? can't remeber that bit, and i serously doubt anyone has ever "cruised" through depot ,part time "SPECIAL forces" being as good as professional full time soldiers? mmmmmmmmmmmmmm? i have my doubts.

He was getting bawled out for not putting enough effort in he's not cruising he's coasting there is a difference
He didn't even stand to attention or salute in the officers office and the lack of effort all round was what he got picked up for
He wasn't making it look easy

IIRC there was a jock 15 Para lad gets picked up for similer
 
#13
I noted the DS had the regulation 80's porn taches.

Stilts
 
#14
Sneeky_turd -

You done Reserve SF Selection then? You seem to speak with authority on the matter :roll:

Do you call every weekend for eighteen months 'part time?' Can you even imagine 9-5, five days a week, juggling job, mortgage and kids, then getting on a minibus on a friday night, only to return on a Sunday back to your family like an extra from a Romero film?

I f*cking can't. I've only ever met one bloke that I knew was from 21. He did that - every weekend for 18 months, and passed the Hills phase. Then his child got leukemia. He told the DS that there was only one choice he could make. The DS agreed, and he left 21. Moral of the story is, throbber, that 'part time' soldiering is every bit as difficult, and in some respects more so, than regular. Unless you have served with both (that is Regular Paras, and Reserve SF, in which case I will eat my f*cking hat) Keep your doubts to yourself.
 
#15
sarnian said:
Sneeky_turd -

You done Reserve SF Selection then? You seem to speak with authority on the matter :roll:

Do you call every weekend for eighteen months 'part time?' Can you even imagine 9-5, five days a week, juggling job, mortgage and kids, then getting on a minibus on a friday night, only to return on a Sunday back to your family like an extra from a Romero film?

I f*cking can't. I've only ever met one bloke that I knew was from 21. He did that - every weekend for 18 months, and passed the Hills phase. Then his child got leukemia. He told the DS that there was only one choice he could make. The DS agreed, and he left 21. Moral of the story is, throbber, that 'part time' soldiering is every bit as difficult, and in some respects more so, than regular. Unless you have served with both (that is Regular Paras, and Reserve SF, in which case I will eat my f*cking hat) Keep your doubts to yourself.



I'm not keeping my opinion to myself "throbber" because this is an internet foum, people are aloud (including you) to give there opinion on subjects. if mines offended you, then sorry, but you shouldn't be so easily offended. Get over yourself basically. Yes i do call every weekend for 18 months part time......and what the feck and you spouting on about some poor lads kid with lukemia??? seems to have **** all bearing on this conversation pal. My point was that i don't think any T.A SF could mince through the depot as was stated before hand. I also have my doubts about T.A soldiering being as hard or harder as regular as you seem to suggest, however i'm sure its been done before on this sight in its very own thread. the moral of the story is mate.....dry your eyes.
 

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#16
You really are a tool and the worst advert for the Airborne/Para crowd. No seriously you are.

TA Solider holds down full time job and then cracks SF selection in his off time. Hmmmmm. Nails, I think so. To have two separate and competing lives and juggling all that to achieve something the average service man will dedicate 2 years full time to, yes I would say it makes them "hard" - god I hate that phrase. It's not the playground and hardness is judge differently by people.
 
#17
The Quiet Soldier by Adam Ballinger. Gives a bit of an insight into Reserve SF Training.

P-T
 

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