P Company Test Week

P Coy Test Week is common to all three Pre-Parachute Selection (PPS) courses. Regular Parachute Regiment Recruits and All-Arms officers/soldiers undertake the same basic tests.

Parachute Regiment recruits attempt Test Week at week 21 of their Combined Infantry Course (CIC). All-Arms candidates attempt Test Week after a two and a half week 'build up' phase. Reserve soldiers from 4th Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) and other Reserve Airborne Units attend a condensed 4 day Pre-Parachute Selection course tailored to their requirements.

During Test Week, candidates will be expected to run, march and carry dead weights over 1 - 20 miles on undulating terrain. Test Week comprises of 8 separate events over a four and a half day period. Seven events are scored, one (the Trainasium) is a straight pass or fail. Each event is designed to assess a candidates physical fitness, mental robustness and determination.

A candidate who fails to display the appropriate level of self discipline and motivation throughout Test Week will fail the course. Test week starts on a Wednesday morning and will finish the following Tuesday.

The Tests:

10 Mile March (Wednesday morning) The 10-mile march is conducted as a squad, over undulating terrain with each candidate carrying a bergen (backpack) weighing 35 lbs (plus water) and a weapon. The march must be completed in 1 hour and 50 minutes. TA candidates have 2 hours.

Trainasium (Wednesday afternoon) The Trainasium is an aerial confidence course which is unique to P Coy. In order to assess his suitability for military parachuting, the Trainasium tests a candidate's ability to overcome fear and carry out simple activities and instructions at a height above ground level. The event is a straight pass or fail.

Log Race (Thursday morning) A team event with 8 individuals carrying a 60kg log over a distance of 1.9 miles' undulating terrain.

Steeplechase (Thursday afternoon) An individual test with candidates running against the clock over a 1.8 mile cross country course. The course features a number of 'water obstacles' and, having completed the cross country element, candidates must negotiate an assault course to complete the test. The march must be completed in 19 minutes or under to score 10 points; TA candidates have 20 minutes 30 seconds.

2 Mile March (Friday morning) The 2 mile march is conducted over undulating terrain with each individual carrying a bergen (backpack) weighing 35lbs (plus water) and a weapon. A helmet and combat jacket is also worn. The march must be completed in 18 minutes or under. TA candidates have 19 minutes.

Endurance March (Monday) A squadded march conducted over 20 miles of severe terrain. Each individual carries a bergen (backpack) weighing 35lbs (plus water and food) and a weapon. The march must be completed in under 4 and a half hours. TA candidates do not undertake this event.

Stretcher Race (Tuesday morning) Teams of 16 men carry a 175lbs stretcher over a distance of 5 miles. No more than 4 men carry the stretcher at any given time. Students wear webbing and carry a weapon.

Milling (Tuesday afternoon) The final event of Test Week is 60 seconds of 'controlled physical aggression' against an opponent of similar height and weight.

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