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Soldier recruiting

The Paratrooper is required to be physically fit and mentally robust. He has to demonstrate motivation, self-reliance, initiative and intelligence. Through rigorous selection and hard training the airborne soldier is expected to develop resilience, self-confidence and a fierce determination to succeed, whatever the difficulties.

Parachute Regiment Assessment

The Parachute Regiment Assessment Course

You will need to attend a Parachute Regiment Assessment Course which is held at The Parachute Regiment Assessment Centre (PRAC) at Catterick. The course comprises of a series of physical tests to examine your durability and physical fitness. The assessment covers three days and upon successful completion you will be given a start date to join a platoon in PARA Company. (click here to download the PRAC course program) Individuals should ensure that prior to attending PRAC they have conditioned themselves to hill running to improve basic stamina and fitness. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is PRAC?

The Parachute Regiment Assessment Course.

What is the standard 1.5 mile run time for entry to The Parachute Regiment?

Between 9 minutes 30 seconds and 9 minutes 40 seconds

The 4 Mile Familiarisation Run. This is conducted around the training area within Catterick and will involve some running across undulating terrain.

How many press-ups/sit-ups/pull-ups?

We're looking for a minimum of 50 press ups-in 2 minutes, 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes and 7 upper body pull-ups (also known as heaves.)

Where does Parachute Regiment training take place?

At the Infantry Training Centre, Helles Barracks, Catterick.

How long is Parachute Regiment training?

28 weeks plus 2 weeks Driver Training = 30 weeks.

What battalion can I serve in? Will I get a choice?

Postings are by choice, however if a particular battalion is short then that is where men will be sent.

What sort of fitness training should I do?

Potential recruits can contact us for a 6-week basic fitness programme.

Where can I get more information?

From your local recruiter, from this website, by telephoning our office on 01206 817083 or by emailing recruiting@parachute-regiment.com.


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