GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13606 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1421 times:
In the Falklands war, the Ghurka's saw little action, the opposition kept running away from them (after the UK didn't bother to rebut the nonsense Argentina propaganda about them 'eating their prisoners').
A friend last year qualified for the Para's in 16th Air Assault Brigade, he's a signaller NCO, he reckons he only made it through the daunting 'P Company' training for the airborne forces, as his girlfriend works in a health club so could provide some extra preparation, as well as help him recover from it.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1413 times:
The only UN unit that the Israelis did not roll over when they entered south Lebanon was a Ghurka unit that did not agree to stand down. They posed themselves in the road and denied access to the Israelis, who went back down that road and found another crossing point for their vehicles.
I saw what happens with Para training with the boxing and the discipline. There are no wussy Paras.
I remember a lesson learned from a Para when we were going to jump on a "fun jump" where we would go jump to help train the Air Force and all we had to do was rig and jump and they would bring us back. We usually were admin (in other words not very tactical, empty rucks, no camo, sleeves rolled up...all that) for such events, looking at them as a freebie, hence the name. The Paras who were training with us were loading up their rucks with sandbags and cammying up. Thinking they were trying to impress us we told them "Hey, its a fun jump....relax. You guys hadn't gotta do all that stuff." The corporal looked at us and said "well, this is how we do it every time....we're professionals." Absolute sincerity and no smart assedness. We were all shamed into gearing up and taking this training opportunity seriously. We kept that attitude for the rest of the "fun jumps" as long as I was there. They were extra opportunities to train.