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As an Infantry Soldier in the Parachute Regiment, you will be part of the Army’s Global Response Force, protecting the nation and preventing conflict. You'll be held at very high readiness, primed to respond to emerging crises worldwide. Have you got what it takes to stand out from the rest and become a Paratrooper?

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed


Highly skilled. Extremely fit. Always ready for the next challenge. The Parachute Regiment provides the Airborne or Parachute Infantry of the British Army. As a 'Para' you will be in one of our high-readiness battalions, ready be the first to deploy anywhere in the world. You will need to be able to build and maintain a very high level of fitness, and pass the demanding P Company selection test before you begin parachute training and earn the privilege of wearing the Regiment's maroon beret.

From disaster relief to protecting the nation, for our close combat professionals nothing compares to life in the Infantry. You’ll be at the heart of the action, working to keep vulnerable communities safe and prevent conflict. This is what doing something that really matters looks like. No matter what you’re doing or where you are in the world, you’ll work and train alongside other highly skilled Infanteers. They’re there to help you through whatever life throws at you, on operations, on exercise or on the sports field. It’s belonging like nothing else; and they’ll become friends for life. With the chance to gain qualifications, you will learn and move up the ranks too.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Train to join one of the British Army’s unique Airborne Infantry battalions

  • Become a qualified parachutist, which attracts additional specialist pay

  • Be part of the UK’s high-readiness forces, trained and ready to deploy first in times of emergency

  • Master a number of weapons, including SA80 Rifle, Underslung Grenade Launcher, Light Support Weapon and the Light Mortar

  • Deploy around the world on everything from frontline operations to disaster relief missions

  • Train routinely alongside airborne forces from the United States, France and other NATO countries

  • Work in a close-knit team and make friends for life

  • Get promoted into a huge variety of specialist Infantry roles and eventually advise senior officers

  • Learn to parachute and join one of the British Army’s elite organisations

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Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 0 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 11.03

    Army Reserve standards

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 11.03

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
On passing the initial interview at an Assessment Centre, you will attend the Parachute Regiment Aptitude Course to confirm you have the right qualities and basic level of fitness to start PARA training. You will then start the 30-week PARA Combat Infantry Course at Catterick. This includes your Basic training and Infantry Initial Trade Training, plus the famous P Company training and tests. Your instructors will coach you through progressive training where you will learn essential skills such as firing weapons, survival, first aid and map reading while building stamina and fitness.

If you’re aged under 17 years and 6 months, you’ll do your Basic Training at the Army Foundation College Harrogate. You’ll then go to Catterick to complete your Infantry Initial Trade Training.

Step 2
You will do a three-week parachuting course and join your battalion as a fully trained soldier, wearing your Wings with pride.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Vocational driving licences.

  • HM Forces Serviceperson (Protective Services) Apprenticeship.

  • Leadership and Management qualifications to degree level.

  • Assessor qualifications.

  • Coaching and mentoring.

  • Adventure Training Qualifications (Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Mountain Climbing, Summer Mountain Training).

  • Parachuting Level 2.

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 during Basic and Initial Trade training at the Infantry Training Centre. When you have completed 26 week’s service or finished Initial Trade Training – whichever comes first, your pay will rise to £23,496.

There are significant benefits including subsidised meals and low cost accommodation, as well as free medical and dental care. In addition, when deployed on exercise or on operations, normally you would not pay for either food or accommodation.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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