I spent ALOT of time in various instructor postings at both ITC and IBS. Putting urban myths of past generations aside I can guarantee you that PARA Coy, ITC Catterick contains the highest quality NCOs and Officers.
PARA Coy repeatedly earns an OFSTED “Outstanding” award for their training delivery and assurance. This is the highest level awarded by OFSTED. OFSTED independently review ITC and compile an annual report into the welfare and duty of care of recruits as they transit through basic training.
Junior Entry recruits, from AFC Harrogate, used to traditionally have a lower pass % due to injury.
As these joe make up a significant proportion of PARA Coy a lot of work has been done with Harrogate to increase their chances of success and reduce injury later down the line. World class PTIs such as @Coachmikechadwick have worked incredibly hard on this area.
Para Reg is one of the few regiments within the ITC that maintains and on occasion exceeds manning levels. Morale is high and they wouldn’t have this reputation if they were staffed by out of control bullies. If someone can’t train a recruit without resorting to playground bullying then they have no place being anywhere near recruits. Your instructors WILL be hard men but they are highly trained professionals that are fully accountable and subject to the law. Don’t worry about old urban myths and good luck with training.
Sensible answer - No, you will not be assaulted by the staff. If you enjoy listening to tales from the old & bold that is your prerogative. Just be aware that certain aspects of their training may not be relevant for today’s recruits.
I feel old and although training was / is at times harsh. I have never encountered any bulling / hitting in the face or other by any instructors. At times they seem to be extreme in their training by way of shouting, but hey we are talking being in the elite Regiment.
There is a difference between robust training and gratuitous bullying. At Depot Para even in the 1970s bullying of Recruits was considered to be what weak NCOs in hat regiments did.
Every 'punishment' in RT will have training value. Some might appear unfair to those on the receiving end but many corrective sanctions will be fiendishly imaginative and hilarious at the same time.
The NCOs on Parachute Regiment TTs are the finest in the Army. They are focused on training Recruits to remain alive in hostile environments. Sometimes this is done in a less-than-cuddly manner. But if an NCO was suspected of behaving improperly it is likely that he would reported by his own colleagues before a Recruit raised a complaint.
In the 2020s shïte can rapidly travel uphill. A maverick JNCO who exceeds his brief can seriously affect the careers of SNCOs and Officers in the chain-of-command if his behaviour is ignored or indulged.
Nobody cares to hear that the 10 miler was longer in our day or the trainasium was 500 feet tall or we had to eat gravel. Fact is no matter what era you join the old sweats will tell you that it was harder in their day! It’s never easy to join the Paras, never.