Paratrooper

Infantry

UTRINQUE PARATUS' - Are you ready for anything?

"As lead scout, I am the eyes and ears for my section. Those following me rely on me to be professional and have high standards."

The Army’s airborne infantry. The core of the Special Forces Support Group, working alongside United Kingdom Special Forces worldwide. Trained to deploy on the frontline or behind enemy lines by parachute, helicopter or land, you will be part of it – a motivated and determined team at the operational cutting edge of the British Army.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Master a number of weapons including: the Rifle, Underslung Grenade Launcher, Light Machine Gun, Light Support Weapon and the Light Mortar.
  • Deploy around the world on everything from front line operations to disaster relief missions.
  • Work in a close-knit section and make friends for life.
  • Get promoted into a huge variety of specialist infantry roles and eventually advise senior officers.
  • Learn to parachute and join one of the British Army’s elite organisations.

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You start with the 30-week PARA Combat Infantry Course at Catterick. This includes your basic training and Infantry training (Phase 1 & 2), plus the famous 'P' Company training and tests. You learn skills such as survival, firing weapons and map reading. You also get your category B (car) or C (HGV) driving license. If you’re under 17 years and 5 months, you do basic training at the Army Foundation College Harrogate (for 49 weeks) and then 14 weeks at Catterick.


Step 2
Next, you do a three-week jumps course. You join your Regiment as a fully trained soldier, wearing your wings with pride.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years - 32 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 40kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 9 min 40 sec (10 min for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Vocational driving licences
  • ILM Team Leading Award
  • HM Forces Apprenticeship
  • Parachuting Level 2
  • Safe Use of Small Arms Qualification

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

"To be a lead scout of a section, in the Parachute Regiment, is exciting and challenging. It's a role that requires you to be calm, professional and confident. I work with the Section Commander and I am responsible for navigating the section, safely picking routes through terrain, be it in the close jungle of Belize or the plains of Afghanistan. Constantly alert and observing the ground around us, I act as the eyes and ears for my section. It is a respected role and one that demands the highest standard of fieldcraft."

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You start with two weeks’ training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, where Regular Army soldiers are trained. Like them, you learn vital skills, like how to survive outdoors and fire weapons. The training also builds your fitness.


Step 2
You then do more training with your unit, which fits around your day job. After mastering the basics you can specialise in advanced combat roles like Sniper, Mortar Operator or Combat Medic. You can also learn a trade and get qualifications. The skills you learn you’ll have for life.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 40 years

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 40kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 9 min 40 sec

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • All driving licences
  • Parachuting

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

"To be a lead scout of a section, in the Parachute Regiment, is exciting and challenging. It's a role that requires you to be calm, professional and confident. I work with the Section Commander and I am responsible for navigating the section, safely picking routes through terrain, be it in the close jungle of Belize or the plains of Afghanistan. Constantly alert and observing the ground around us, I act as the eyes and ears for my section. It is a respected role and one that demands the highest standard of fieldcraft."

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.