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WHO WE ARE

The Parachute Regiment

“THE PARAS” BRITAIN’S ELITE AIRBORNE INFANTRY

The Parachute Regiment leads from the front as airborne Infantry. Of the four battalions, one is permanently at High Readiness for world wide intervention operations. 1 PARA is in role as the Special Forces Support Group

FACTS & FIGURES

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ACTIVE FROM

1 August 1942

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ROLE

AIRBORNE INFANTRY

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SPECIALISM

AIR ASSAULT

our skills

The “PARAS” provide the capability to deploy at very short notice, by air, worldwide. They are trained to an exacting standard and form the spearhead of the UK’s rapid intervention strategy. They are professional, resilient, brave and self-reliant.

  • Military Parachutist: Key to hostile entry
  • Agile, lightly equipped Warriors
  • High levels of Physical robustness
  • Versatility in Operations and training
  • Self reliant in the field
  • Innovative in problem solving
  • Resilient, mentally tough we bend not break
  • Loyal and committed to our friends

our deployments

Previous deployments:

  • Afghanistan - 2,3 and 4 PARA 
  • Sierra Leone - 1 and 2 PARA

 

Our People

We have an open and engaging  recruiting team who guide and help future “Paras” through the process of joining.  We recruit for the whole Regiment, both our Regular Army and Army Reserve.

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Captain Si Getty heads up recruitment.
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Cpl Chris Marenghi is an Elite Bobsleigh athlete.
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Pte Ricky Lintott served in 3 PARA and now recruits.

Our Location

Merville Barracks is a modern, purpose built barracks for 16 Air Assault Brigade. Many units are based there including 2 and 3 PARA, Artillery, Medics, Signallers, Logisticians as well as 16 Brigade Headquarters. 

Airborne brotherhood, this is belonging. DAVE, 19 - THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

The Parachute Regiment is the airborne infantry regiment of the British Army. The 1st Battalion is permanently under the command of the Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). The other battalions are the parachute infantry component of the British Army's rapid response formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade.

Paratroopers are trained to conduct a range of missions, from prevention and pre-emption tasks, to complex, high intensity war fighting. Watchwords are professionalism, resilience, discipline, versatility, courage and self-reliance.

Through the years

The Parachute Regiment were formed in WWII and, save 1968, have been in constant action since. Determined and Courageous, they earned the nickname “Red Devils” from German Paras in North Africa. Heroic actions in Normandy, Arnhem, the Falklands and Afghanistan are cemented in Regimental folklore.

  1. 1942

    Following Winston Churchill’s decree, The Parachute Regiment is formed at a time of Total War.

  2. 1942-1945

    The “PARAS” earn their reputation for daring in North Africa, Normandy, Arnhem the Rhine crossing.

  3. 1945-1968

    Battalions conduct a series of “post colonial” tours in Palestine, Suez, Cyprus, Borneo and Aden.

  4. 1969-2002

    The Parachute Regiment rotates through emergency and residential tours of duty in Northern Ireland. 

  5. 1982

    2 and 3 PARA fight with distinction at Goose Green, wireless Ridge and Mount Longdon.

Our Locations

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Paratroopers standby to support peacekeeping in Bosnia.

Paratroopers have been put through their paces to confirm their readiness to reinforce peacekeepers in Bosnia if needed.

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Paratroopers train in Corsica

Paratroopers have scaled new heights during demanding training in the mountains of Corsica.

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