First Woman to Pass the British Army’s P Company

Aged 28, British Army Captain Rosie Wild has become the first woman to complete the Parachute Regiment’s P Company – which many men fail. Several women have attempted P Company, also known as the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (AAPPS), since they were first able to apply in the 1990’s. Physical challenges across the five days… Read More

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What is the Unit Cost for Employing & Maintaining a Paratrooper?

The capitation rate for a member of the Parachute Regiment in the financial Year 2014/15 was £43,168. This included: Pensionable and non-Pensionable Pay; Earnings-Related National Insurance Contributions (ERNIC); and Superannuation Charges Adjusted for Past Experience (SCAPE). Reference FOI 2014/01589/73049 dated 10 June 2014.

Marathons: Athletes vs. Para’s!

In the 2015 London marathon, times to complete the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course varied depending on whether the runners were elite or non-elite: Elite Men: 2:04:29 by Wilson Kipsang in 2014. 2:03:05 by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016 Elite Women: 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Non-Elite: Finishing with a time of between two and… Read More

Steeplechase: Athletes vs. Para’s!

In 2017, the qualification standard for British athletes for the 3,000 metre (1.86 mile) steeplechase was set at: 8:58.00 for men; and 10:40.00 for women. For military personnel attending the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (AAPPS) course, commonly known as P Company, or Para recruits on the Combat Infantryman Course (Parachute), the qualification standard for the… Read More

The Construction of Collective Identify in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment

Dissertation Title The Construction of Collective Identify in the British Parachute Regiment: A Storytelling Approach. Abstract The aim of this thesis is to illustrate how stories and extracts from stories can be used to investigate issues centred on organisational identity in the British Parachute Regiment, the `tribe’ at the centre of this research. This thesis employs a… Read More

How Personnel are there in the Parachute Regiment?

In 2015, there were 1,320 personnel in the British Army’s Regular Parachute Battalions, of which 1,190 where parachute trained. You can learn about the training undertaken by potential paratroopers here. Reference FOI 74462/01194 dated 24 February 2015.

What are the Parachute Regiment Combined Infantryman Course (CIC) Pass Rates for 2011-2-17?

The percentage of Parachute Regiment recruits who completed the 28-week Parachute Regiment Combined Infantryman Course (CIC PARA), aka P Company, between 2011 and 2017 is outlined in Table 1 below. Table 1: CIC PARA Pass Rates Training Year 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 & Pass 30% 39% 73% 48% 65% 33% You can read… Read More