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Basic Parachute Course

After passing P Company you will wait to attend the Basic Parachute Course (BPC).

This course is two weeks long and is run by Number One Parachute Training School (No.1 PTS), Royal Air Force, at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

During the course students complete a mandatory ground training syllabus whilst the jumps get progressively lower whilst carrying more equipment. The importance of thorough ground training and rehearsals is apparent when it is considered that when jumping at 600 ft a parachutist is only in the air for around 25 seconds.

in 'sim sticks' (Simultaneous 'sticks' of paratroopers exiting alternately from opposite side doors of the aircraft). Most of the jumps are made from C130 Hercules aircraft or some can be made from a Skyvan aircraft onto Weston-on-the-Green drop zone.

Successful completion of the final, qualifying jump leads to a 'wings parade' on the drop zone where the newly qualified paratroopers are presented with their parachute wings.