23 Parachute Engineer Regiment provides, close and general engineer support to 16 Air Assault Brigade. The Regiment is held at a very high state of readiness and regularly called upon to deploy on operations across the globe. Insertion can be by parachute, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.
Based in its flagship barracks (Rock Barracks) just outside Woodbridge in Suffolk, the Regiment consists of 2 Regular parachute squadrons and a Reserve parachute squadron, all of which are air assault capable.
Arduous training conditions the Regiment's soldiers for the challenges of operations. Much is asked of every member of the Regiment and in turn they are all highly valued for the roles they play.
With an overall strength of 543 personnel, 375 of which are to be filled with parachute trained personnel. There is therefore always a need for volunteers to attempt ‘P’ Company and go on to become an Airborne Sappers.
Airborne Engineer Reserve
The Regiment includes 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers, a Reserve unit who are based across the North West of England providing close and general engineer support to 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, the dedicated Regular Army Engineer unit in 16 Air Assault Brigade.
In order to carry out this highly specialist role, the Squadron needs well trained, physically and mentally robust soldiers who are capable of passing the famous parachute forces selection course ‘Pegasus Company’ (P Coy).
Upon successful completion of 'P’ Coy, soldiers are eligible to attend the Basic Parachute Course and qualify to wear the parachute wings and the coveted maroon beret of the British Airborne Forces.
For more information please visit 299 Para Sqn RE page or ring 01904668332.