Parachute Regiment Selection
The long, hard road to becoming a PARA begins with an initial selection process which asses the candidate's suitability to join the British Army:
PARA hopefuls first have to undergo a preliminary interview and BARB test at a Armed Forces Careers Office. The BARB (British Army Recruit Battery) test is a series of time questions displayed on a computer touch screen. Potential Paras are expected to have higher than average BARB scores.
After the initial interview/BARB tests at an Army Careers Office, PARA candidates move onto...
Recruit Selection Centre (RSC)
.All candidates wishing to join the British Army must pass RSC, which comprises:
- Full medical by an Army doctor.
- Basic physical tests
- Interviews with Army officers.
RSC lasts 24 hours and takes place at an Army Training Regiment (ATR)
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(as well as the SAS, SBS, Royal Marines, Army, RAF and Navy)
On successfully completion of the initial selection steps, candidates move on to more PARA-specific tests...
Parachute Regiment Aptitude Course (PRAC)
- Gym tests
- 15 sit-ups on a bench angled at 45 degrees.
- 10 dips on the parallel bar.
- 10 underarm heaves to the bar.
- 5 Mile Run
- 3 miles squadded
- 1 & half miles in best time
- Steeplechase Course
2 circuits in no more than 12 minutes
Those who pass initial selection will move on to mainstream training, which includes the Pre-Parachute Selection (PPS) course run by Pegasus Company (P Coy).