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Subject: The Parachute Regiment
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: tremmers-ga
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Posted: 26 Mar 2005 10:36 PST
Expires: 25 Apr 2005 11:36 PDT
Question ID: 500743
What are the training costs and current numbers of the British Army's
Parachute Regiment. Specifically those costs relating to actual
parachute training and air drops.

All answers should include source information.

Request for Question Clarification by leli-ga on 27 Mar 2005 23:30 PST
Hello tremmers

There's not much information about army training costs available
online, and the best I could come up with is:

 - Strength of each battalion of the Parachute Regiment - January 2005.
 - Number of Parachute Regiment officers commissioned in each year
from 2001 to 2004, number of newly trained infantrymen for the same
years, and number of new soldiers expected to join each year up to
 - Overall costs of parachute training for armed forces personnel (not
just in the Parachute Regiment) for each of the five years 1996-2000,
and number of personnel trained per year.

I know it's not all you were hoping for, but let me know if this would
be a useful answer for you.

Thanks - Leli

Clarification of Question by tremmers-ga on 28 Mar 2005 11:56 PST

That information is useable even if not specific. Please could you
include the source information and links.

Subject: Re: The Parachute Regiment
Answered By: leli-ga on 29 Mar 2005 03:39 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for your message, tremmers.

After researching this for a while, I realised that the parliamentary
record of answers to MPs' questions would be the only useful source.
So we are relying on what the Secretary of State for Defence has been
asked - and what he or his juniors have answered.

Luckily, MPs ask about the strength of regiments quite often. This is
the latest information:

Strength and establishment of the Three Battalions of the Parachute
Regiment as at 1 January 2005

Battalion             Strength      Establishments
1st Battalion         570           580
2nd Battalion         540	    580
3rd Battalion         530	    580

"The Establishment figures include only the infantry posts and exclude
attached personnel of other Arms and Services such as chefs, clerks
The strength figures do not include officers and soldiers in the
Parachute Regiment serving outside the battalion, or personnel from
other cap badges attached to the battalion."

More notes on these figures in:
Written Answers to Questions
Parachutists - 9 Mar 2005:

In September 2004, figures for new entrants to the Parachute Regiment
were included in an answer about infantry recruitment past and future.

                  2000?01  2001?02  2002?03  2003?04

Officers          12       16       19       14
Soldiers          379      240      246      190

                  2004?05  2005?06  2006?07  2007?08  2008?09

Soldiers          230      225      221      234      234 

Army Recruitment - 7 Sept 2004

You may also be interested in a more detailed breakdown of Parachute
Regiment personnel in December 2000:

In January 2001, there was some information about training costs.

The number of armed forces personnel given parachute training and the
cost, in each of the past five years, is set out in the table:

Year    Number  Cost ()
1996    683     1,832,900
1997    796     2,160,600
1998    817     2,221,500
1999    818     2,224,400
2000    822     2,236,000

Parachuting - 29 January 2001

It's not unusual for MPs' questions to be answered by, "This
information is not held centrally and could be provided only at
disproportionate cost. "

That was the response to these questions:
"Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a)
personnel and (b) equipment and maintenance costs of (i) an armoured
infantry (warrior) battalion, (ii) an air-portable infantry battalion,
(iii) a parachute regiment battalion and (iv) a Gurkha regiment
battalion were in the last period for which figures are available."
Feb 2005

"Mr. Russell Brown:   To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what
the cost of (a) an in role parachute battalion and (b) a parachute
battalion not in role was in the last year for which figures are
available. "
21 Feb 2005

Some further information which came up while searching:

Regimental Strength 1996-2004

Unit establishment of each infantry battalion 2004

Establishment and Strength figures Nov 2004

1995 estimated annual cost of the Parachute Regiment compared to the
annual cost of an infantry battalion of the line

Qualifying as a military parachutist 2002

Parachute training and the virtual reality simulator

Number of training jumps 1995-1999

Parachute pay

Operational deployments of each Battalion of the Parachute Regiment 2000-2004

"it costs 40,000 to train each soldier"
Sunday Times, 05.09.1999

To find these figures, I used google to search records of
parliamentary questions and answers, limiting the search to the
parliamentary publications website only. For instance, my searches
included:   parachute regiment 2004 OR 2005
://   parachute training costs OR expenditure

I had no luck with the Ministry of Defence statistics site at:

Nor did I find anything useful on any other MOD sites, or in searches
of UK national newspapers.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Please feel free to ask if you'd like me to clarify anything.

Best wishes - Leli
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