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The Marsh Trophy

The Marsh Trophy was presented by Colonel TA Marsh who commanded the Depot of the Parachute Regiment from 1987 – 1989. It is awarded to the Parachute Regiment recruit who has shown the most endeavour while on the Combat Infantryman’s Course – PARA.

The training team decide which individual, despite struggling initially, has given the most effort and has shown the most improvement throughout the Combat Infantryman’s Course.



Private Jordan Ballard, 24, from Folkestone, has won his platoon’s Marsh Trophy award. His platoon commander, Lieutenant Steve Lee, said: “Private Ballard has put in a hundred per cent. While he has needed to put in the extra effort to meet the standard, his desire to become a paratrooper is commendable and he displays the grit and determination of a paratrooper." Private Ballard received his award at the pass out parade on 17 June.

Private Ballard said: “Before I joined the army I was a lifeguard in UK and also worked in France. Both my grandfathers and an uncle were in the army so there is a bit of a family tradition that I’m carrying on. I have had joining in the back of my mind for a while, and I thought if I was to be a soldier I would be an infantryman, and if I was to be an infantryman I would be a paratrooper – the best. The course at Catterick is testing, physically and mentally it can be daunting. As the course goes on, you can feel yourself growing and progressing and I put that down to the guidance and support of the training team. I did find things difficult at the start, but the trainers were very patient with me, they got me through to this award. ”

Private Ballard completed two weeks’ driver training before taking some well-earned leave and joining his new unit the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment based in Colchester.