Parachutist.

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Good evening, recently seen a document (think it was a pull out from a book) with images showing the ranks and insignia in the royal navy. Under speciality there was an insignia for paratrooper, I was wondering what branch and what job would one become a paratrooper? A search showed very little information, most useful was a dated post about the STC branch.

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Good evening, recently seen a document (think it was a pull out from a book) with images showing the ranks and insignia in the royal navy. Under speciality there was an insignia for paratrooper, I was wondering what branch and what job would one become a paratrooper? A search showed very little information, most useful was a dated post about the STC branch.

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That would be SPAG. Submarine Parachute Assistance Group






 
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wet_blobby

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The STC branch would be right up there with allocations for the Para course but there's a few other branches as well, I seem to recall the pongos next door getting all frothy mouthed about a picture of a wren with her wings up, I cant remember what branch she was, possibly a medic.
 
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Unless it's changed recently, SPAG members have their own badge. To spin a dit, on one boat I was on the new cox'n joined and made a point of wearing his jacket on day 1 flashing his SPAG badge to everyone until the Chief Stoker pointed at it and asked him how long he'd been a balloonist, the jacket disappeared after that :)
 

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Unless it's changed recently, SPAG members have their own badge. To spin a dit, on one boat I was on the new cox'n joined and made a point of wearing his jacket on day 1 flashing his SPAG badge to everyone until the Chief Stoker pointed at it and asked him how long he'd been a balloonist, the jacket disappeared after that :)
For some reason they just use the normal para badge now. Not sure why as to qualify for it you are supposed to do an 'arduous' course such as P coy or AACC.
 

Blackrat

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For some reason they just use the normal para badge now. Not sure why as to qualify for it you are supposed to do an 'arduous' course such as P coy or AACC.
There has been much talk on this subject and the end result is they're not entitled to wear wings, just the SPAG lightbulb.

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#11
It still baffles me why it's necessary to do an arduous course to fall from an aeroplane.
Question is - did this boat have to do the same course?

I beleive so Ninj, the course is held once a year in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, in the city of Bologna. The passing out dinner for the course is the stuff of legend, a massive hill of pasta surmounted by meatballs specially crowned with the produtti di Parma, reggiano cheese. I hear there's even a secret regimental song know only to those who've passed the course, entitling the wearer of the lightbulb to add the flash SPAG-BOL to their shoulder.
 
#13
What would worry me, if I was a member of the SUBMARINE PAG, is looking out the hole at the back of the airey plane and seeing land......



Is the floppy boat there to provide a soft landing in that case?
 

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