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Parachute Training Support Unit

The Parachute Training Support Unit (PTSU) is based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

PTSU has a long-established relationship with the RAF’s No 1 Parachute Training School. We provide support for students of all ranks, and support RAF Instructors to enable courses to be conducted smoothly. This allows both students and instructors to concentrate fully on the main objective – that of producing trained military parachutists for operations.

PTSU also provides manpower and resources for the airborne equipment demonstrations conducted for a wide range of VIPs who visit the school. The demonstrations seek to introduce visitors to the world of military parachuting. Most visitors rapidly gain an insight into the demand for high standards of fitness required by paratroopers when invited to don complete ‘Jumping Order’ with parachutes, heavy-weapons load and full-issue kit.

PTSU also maintains the tri-service database for all service parachutists. This database is consulted by a variety of establishments seeking information for reasons ranging from pay entitlement to historical interest by veterans’ groups. The data is also regularly consulted by Service Police in cases of suspected fraud and/or non-entitlement to wear parachutist’s wings. With electronic records dating back to 1967 and a card index back to the 1940s, no-one slips through the net.