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216 Sig Sqn

16th (Air Assault) Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (216)

216 Sig Sqn is to provide Command Support to HQ 16 Air Assault Brigade in order to enable the commander and his staff to command and control the Brigade effectively.

Unit Preparation Course (UPC)

The first phase for Royal Signals officers and soldiers is the Unit Preparation Course (UPC) run by the Training Wing 216 Signal Squadron. ts aim is to ensure that individuals are sufficiently prepared to attend the All Arms Pre Parachute Selection Course (AAPPS) in Catterick, which is commonly referred to as P Company.

The UPC is designed to hone fitness, and give the volunteers an insight into the nature of the tests conducted at Catterick. It is not an opportunity to get fit.

The Unit Assessment Course assembles two weeks prior to AAPPS. After an initial fitness assessment the course builds on fitness and stamina levels preparing students for sustained physical training. Circuit training, running, and a series of tabs increasing in distance are carried out to build the individual and develop course and team spirit.

The fitness training ends on the Thursday of week 2 giving students a couple of days rest before reporting to P Company on the Sunday. Only those that are deemed 'ready', and medically fit will go forward to Catterick.

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