The Parachute Regiment was formed in 1942. Following the success of the German Airborne operations during the Blitzkrieg of Europe, the need for a flexible, strong and aggressive force was identified by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who ordered that a Corps of at least 5,000 Airborne troops be formed. This new force would have the task of taking the battle directly to the enemy. That force became The Parachute Regiment. Aggression and fighting ability have been the hallmarks of the Paras ever since.

Since its formation The Parachute Regiment has served with distinction and valour in many theatres of conflict. These include Bahrain, Radfan, Suez, Malaya and the Falklands. More recently the Regiment has served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and the Gulf. The fighting spirit of The Paras is as alive today as it was 60 years ago and will remain the cutting edge of the British Army as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade.


What manner of men are these who wear the Maroon Beret?

"They are firstly, all volunteers and are then toughened by hard physical training. As a result they have that infectious optimism and that offensive eagerness which comes from physical well being. They have jumped from the air and by doing so have conquered fear.

Their duty lies in the van of battle; they are proud of this honour and have never failed in any task. They have the highest standards in all things whether it is skills in battle or smartness in the execution of all peacetime duties. They have shown themselves to be as tenacious and determined in defence as they are courageous in attack. They are in fact, men apart - every man an Emperor.

Of all the factors, which make for success in battle, the spirit of the warrior is the most decisive. That spirit will be found in full measure in the men who wear the Maroon Beret." - Montgomery of El Alamein

It's not all hard work, we have fun too. The hardest time of your life will undoubtedly be your early training, unless you find yourself on active operations. Once you have joined one of our three Battalions, you will find that we play hard too. Sport and adventurous training are regular activities and the Regiment prides itself in having members in various national and international teams. You will also get to travel -particularly on exercises, which are often overseas; you may find yourself in the tropics, the desert or even the Arctic and get to train with other Nation's airborne troops.


Officer selection 

If you are interested in Officer selection at Sandhurst for the Parachute Regiment please call 01206 817083. .


Guide to joining the Parachute Regiment online step by step


Contact Phase


1.       Applicant completes online application (

2.       Application then sent to Contact Management Team at National Recruiting Centre (NRC).


Eligibility and Suitability Phase


1.       Application then checked by National Recruiting Centre.

2.       Applicant then receives and required to complete a medical questionnaire online.

3.       National Recruiting Centre Medical Admin Team check and review medical questionnaire

4.       Suitability and Eligibility is reassessed by National Recruiting Centre, followed up with a telephone interview from the Candidate Support Manager, reference jon suitability.

5.       Applicant is then given an interview date by National Recruiting Centre.


Interview Phase

1.       Applicant then attends and conducts an interview at the nearest Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO)

2.       On successful completion of the interview, the applicant is then loaded onto a Regimental Insight Course (RIC) by the National Recruiting Centre.


Assessment Phase


1.       Applicant then attends Regimental Insight Course and applicants report is sent to NRC.

2.       Applicant is then loaded onto an assessment at an Assessment Centre.

3.       On the successful completion of medical assessment the NRC load applicant onto Parachute Regiment Assessment Course (PRAC)

4.       On successful completion of PRAC, a conditional offer will be made.


Final Checks Before Loaded to Training.


1.       NRC then confirms applicant is loaded for Phase 1 training.

2.       NRC then conducts final pre-employment checks. Med Docs are requested from candidates GP then sent to NRC.

3.       NRC then issues final offer for combat infantry course for PARA (CIC PARA) once medical documents are checked.                                         








Contact Phase – Eligibility Phase

1 – 2 weeks


Eligibility Phase – Interview Phase

4 – 6 weeks


Interview Phase – Assessment Phase

4 – 6 weeks


Assessment Phase – Final Checks

6 – 10 weeks


Telephone Numbers

PARA Recruiting Office:                 Colchester 01206 817083.