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Test Week

Training in P Coy culminates in a series of eight events known as Test Week, undertaken over a 5 day period (starting on a Wed and finishing on Tue, with the weekend off). For recruits directly joining The Parachute Regiment, the tests are attempted at week 20 of training. All Arms candidates attempt the tests after two and a half weeks of build-up training.

10 miler Loaded March (Wednesday Morning)
A 10 mile (16 km) Loaded March conducted as a squad over undulating terrain. Each candidate carries a 35 lb (16 kg) bergen not including water and a rifle. The loaded march is to be completed in under 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hours for Army Reserves.

Trainasium (Wednesday Afternoon)
A unique assault course set 55 feet (17 m) above the ground, designed to test a candidate's ability to overcome fear and follow simple orders at considerable height. This is one of the four critical output test and is a straight pass or fail. All the other events are scored.

Log Race (Thursday Morning)
The Log Race represents the rapid provision of a mission critical resupply as part of a team, in which a maximum of nine candidates carry a log (a telegraph pole) weighing 60 kg over 1.9 miles (3.1 km) of undulating terrain. Candidates wear a helmet and webbing. This is supposed to be one of the hardest events. Points are awarded for their contribution to the team.

Steeplechase (Thursday Afternoon)
A timed 2.2 mile (3.5 km) cross-country run and assault course wearing helmet and boots. The aim of the Steeplechase is to test candidates’ fitness to escape an enemy pursuit over unknown terrain at speed and to overcome natural and manmade obstacles.

2 Mile Loaded March (Friday Morning)
The 2 miler tests the candidate’s ability to carry out rapid tactical advance behind Forward Line of Enemy Troops. It represents rapid troop movement from Dropping Zone (DZ) to Rally Point, rapid troop movement from Rally Point to Forming up Point (FUP) to an assault and unexpected quick move to an objective. It is an individual effort over 2 miles (3.2 km) of undulating terrain, carrying a 35 lb (16 kg) bergen not including water, rifle, combat jacket, and helmet. Candidates have 18 minutes to complete the Loaded March.

Milling (Friday Afternoon)
This event is a hand to hand fight, each candidate is paired with another of 'similar weight and build', and is given 60 seconds to prove their raw fighting spirit whilst demonstrating “controlled aggression and a will to fight”. Candidates are scored on their determination and aggression, while blocking and dodging result in the issue of warnings and points deducted. If a candidate receives three warnings, the bout will be stopped and the individual will be removed from the event scoring zero points. Candidates wear head protection, gum shields and boxing gloves.

20 Mile Endurance Loaded March (Monday Morning)
A 20 mile (32 km) squadded loaded march over the Catterick Training Area. Candidates carry a 35 lb (16 kg) bergen not including water and a rifle. The march must be completed in under 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Stretcher Race (Tuesday Morning)
The Stretcher Race represents a rapid casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) from the point of wounding to the Regimental Aid Post (RAP), whilst adhering to the principle of the ‘Golden Hour’. Candidates are divided into teams of 12 to 23 and have to carry a 175 lb (79 kg) stretcher over a distance of 5 miles (8.0 km). Each individual candidate wears a helmet, webbing and a slung rifle. No more than four candidates carry the stretcher at any given time, swapping round at regular intervals, under the control of a P Coy Squad Instructor, so that all candidates carry the stretcher as part of a team.