Paratrooper

Infantry

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

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.

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 - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed.
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 8m 15s
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 and 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.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You will attend 11 Weekends training over 22 weeks at various locations and attend 22 training evenings in your local Army Reserve Centre which you will be paid for, you will also be refunded you’re travelling expenses.

Step 2
You will attend a two week Combat Infantryman’s Course (CIC) in Catterick where you will be assessed by Regular Parachute Regiment P Company Staff.

Step 3
You will attend 5 weekends Pre Parachute Selection (PPS) training and 11 training evenings in your local Army Reserve Centre before you attempt to pass the Parachute Regiment Selection tests and earn the right to wear the coveted Maroon Beret of a Parachute Regiment Soldier.

Step 4
You will attend a Basic Parachute Course at RAF Brize Norton where you will earn the right to wear the famous British Army Parachute Wings on your shoulder. You will now start to enhance the many and varied skills required to be a proficient, modern, Airborne Infantry Soldier.

4 PARA recruits nationwide with locations in Glasgow & Edinburgh (A Company), White City London, Croydon & Romford (B Company), Altcar, Pudsey & Hebburn (C Company) and Nottingham, Rugby & Newport (D Company).

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 8m 15s
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • All driving licences
  • Parachuting

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 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.

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