144 Parachute Medical Squadron
144 Parachute Medical Squadron is part of 16 Medical Regiment and is the only Reserve Medical Unit with a parachute capability.
Army Reserve Airborne Induction TrainingAll recruits at 144 PARA Med Sqn undertake the Reserve Airborne Induction Training (TA AIT) course. The course is designed to test the physical condition and suitability of all recruits for attending Pegasus Company (P Coy) and attempting the famous Pre-Parachute Selection Course (PPS).
PPS is one of the toughest military selection courses in the world and is the benchmark of all Airborne soldiers who will serve with the Parachute Regiment and support arms of 16 Air Assault Brigade. All soldiers at 144 must first pass the TA ABIT before being sent up to Catterick to attend P Coy.
The course is designed to introduce recruits to the 7 events that they will have to attempt at P Coy and assess their level of physical and mental toughness, both of which are required to pass Selection Course.
ParachutingOn passing P-Coy, all soldiers at 144 PARA, then proceed on to the famous Military Jumps Course, at No1 Parachute School (PTS), RAF Brize Norton.
After a two-week course and having completed eight satisfactory descents, soldiers are then awarded the most coveted award across all military services: the parachute 'wings'.
Having earned their wings, an important part of training for soldiers within 144 Parachute Medical Squadron, is parachuting.