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Enlistment process

Joining the Parachute Regiment as a soldier or officer will make you part of the ultimate team. Here's how the application and selection process works.


Providing you meet all the standards required and your medical report is favorable, you will be invited to attend two-days at an Army Development and Selection Centres (ADSCs). Here you will be tested to see if you have the potential to be a soldier. You will also be given an Army medical to make sure you are fit and well enough to start your initial Phase 1 training.

Fitness test

It's all in the preperation

All officers and soldiers need to be fit. Whether you’re on the front line or not, you need to be able to meet physical challenges head on. That’s why the Army tests your fitness as part of the selection process. You’ll be put through your paces with several strength tests as well as a 1.5 mile run. You don’t need to be super-fit but you can boost your chances of passing, if you do some training first.

The BARB test explained

The British Army Recruit Battery (BARB) test, checks your ability to understand information and solve problems in your head. The result is called your General Trainability Index (GTI). This helps the Army match you with roles that most suit your abilities. The higher you score, the more jobs you’ll have to choose from.

The BARB test is split into five (timed) sections: reasoning, letter checking, number distance, odd one out and symbol rotation.

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