That’s great. These the kind of things I’m looking to find out. I’m not 37 until December next year so I’ve given myself 12 months to get down to fighting weight. But I’ll reassess in the summer and will go for it earlier if I’m ready. Most of my plan will be made of getting my aerobic up-to scratch and mobility to help prevent injury as much as possible. Are you allowed to take preventative measures on Pcoy etc? Like straps, tape, blister patches etc?
Great to know someone has actually been and done it at my age. Yeah that makes sense. I was under the impression any type of support would be a no-go so that’s reassuring.I know a bloke who passed All Arms P Coy at 37 and later transferred in to 2 PARA as an NCO. On the topic of tapes and straps I can’t see it being an issue. But you’ll not be able to self medicate. If something major is up it’s important you go via the medics.
I passed Reserve P Company aged 32. I continued to serve with 4 PARA until I was 40 and in all honesty I never felt too far behind the fitness of 2 or 3 PARA soldiers.Great to know someone has actually been and done it at my age. Yeah that makes sense. I was under the impression any type of support would be a no-go so that’s reassuring.
I passed Reserve P Company aged 32. I continued to serve with 4 PARA until I was 40 and in all honesty I never felt too far behind the fitness of 2 or 3 PARA soldiers.
P Coy knocks, rattles and batters you. I’ll not sugar coat it. It is designed to simulate the stresses of operations. The training prior is progressive and will aim to enhance the required components of military physical fitness. Which I think are ; Endurance; Strength; Mobility; Speed; Power and Flexibility. As an older candidate it is advised you put the extra work in to develop and maintain these. Really focus on your strength and cardio in particular. It will provide the base on which to build the resilience required to carry heavier weights for longer periods at a slower patrolling pace, plus the ability to operate anaerobically in short, intense bursts of energy. The ability to be able to “turn-on” a burst of extreme energy is vital. 4 PARA is an operational unit and you need to be able to reach a required standard of fitness not for ego, but for operational purposes. At the extreme end of the scale will you be able preform a casualty extraction under fire wearing body armour and carrying full kit? You must be conditioned to cope with these physical stresses.
The training is progressive but you need to put the work in outside of the hours too.
Think you can draw your pension at 55 or 60 depending on what scheme you are on. Also probably depends on your rank and if you are on any extensions.If you were to stay injury free and passing any expected fitness test, what sort of age could you realistically stay in 4 para til?