23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) provides, close and general engineer support to 16 Air Assault Brigade. The Regiment is held at a Very High 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 parachute squadrons and a headquarters and support squadron, all of which are air assault capable.
Arduous training conditions the Regiment's soldiers for the challenges of Operations. Much is asked from 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 these posts are to be filled with parachute trained personnel. So there is always a need for volunteers to attempt P Company and go on to become an Airborne Sapper.
The Regiment is supported by 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers, a Reserve unit, based across the North West of England, that provides Close and General Engineer Support to 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), 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.