4 PARA on Exercise

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Also by the way those photos are very cool. How long does a 4 PARA exercise last?
It’ll depend on what they are doing. Anything from a weekend right up to a few weeks of working with the regulars. It’ll come down to your own availability but as you can see if you do attend it’s worth it.
 

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As Tony_m said - 4 PARA exercises are usually Friday night - Sunday afternoon. There is an annual extended 2 week exercise ran by the Battalion, however longer attachments on exercises with Regular Battalions are freely available - the biggest driver is your own spare time.

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You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out in the field. Truth is fieldcraft skills have not been not been reduced despite all this tech and they are as important now as they were generations ago. 4 PARA still need the ability to move, survive and fight in the field. That might be responding to your platoon commander smashing out quick battle orders, clearing a stoppage on the GPMG in a waist deep ditch or drilling tactics, techniques, and procedures for combat at close range. I genuinely loved going on ex

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There was once a time when the TA felt themselves to be the poor relations of the Regulars in matters of equipment. This is no longer the case by the looks of it!
Common capbadge and common standard. That’s how my company viewed it.
During Op TELIC and Op HERRICK, Reservists were mobilised in significant numbers, around 10% of the deployed force. 4 PARA were allocated to operational tours and tasked to provide a number of reservists to 16X. HERRICK 8 and 13 in particular helped to strengthen the bond. It is essential that this spirit and approach flows across all battalions and through all ranks. This thread is excellent as it shows 4 PARA in the field and as you can see they aren’t some chippy TA unit with chinstraps hanging off.
 

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Great pics! Is the sharpshooter it’s own course?
Yes. But it was done in Battalion by our sniper platoon. There wasn’t an official standalone 'Sharpshooter' course when I were in. It was pretty much sniper part 1.
Sharpshooters are a company asset to provide immediate pin point fire support at company level in order to reduce collateral damage.
The shooting, observation and range estimation have to be on par with those of the sniper to be honest, but they don't do all the stalking/cam & concealment stuff snipers do in their field craft module.
 

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Where do 4PARA regularly go on exercise? The pictures on this thread look like the UK, but are there opportunities abroad? Do 2PARA and 3PARA go on regular overseas exercises, which would also be available to members of 4PARA?
 

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Where do 4PARA regularly go on exercise? The pictures on this thread look like the UK, but are there opportunities abroad? Do 2PARA and 3PARA go on regular overseas exercises, which would also be available to members of 4PARA?
For the standard weekend exercises it's the usual MOD training Areas around the UK (Catterick/SENTA/STANTA etc), for the annual Battalion exercise these have been in Europe/USA before, most exercises that 2/3 PARA deploy on is available to 4 PARA and will have a contingent of 4th Bn Soldiers/Officers on it.
 

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Some images from a Patrols/Ambush exercise with B & D Coy on SENTA
 

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