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The Stretcher Race

P Company

P Company is a series of test events that all soldiers, whether regular or TA, who want to join the Airborne Forces must pass. They are designed to test your physical stamina and mental aptitude under pressure prior to carrying out parachute training. They include both individual and team events.

P Company events:

  • Assault course
  • Steeplechase
  • Trainasium (Ariel Walkway)
  • Log race
  • Stretcher Race
  • Ten Miler
  • Milling

You don't need to be an Olympic athlete to pass. The tests are about giving your all; they are about motivation, self confidence and teamwork.

If you meet the required standard and pass the course you will proceed to RAF Brize Norton where you will undergo parachute training. After successfully completing the course at No.1 Parachute Training School (1PTS) you will be awarded your wings. You will then spend the rest of your career referring to everyone else as a 'hat' and generally looking down upon lesser mortals.