1. The Parachute
Regiment consisting of
PARA and PARA
(SF) battalions is the elite volunteer force
of the Indian Army. Because of its specified
role, the regiment needs to be kept at
optimum level of operational efficiency and
physical fitness. Towards this end, this
specially selected manpower should be
comparatively young, physically fit and
mentally robust, intelligent, innovative and
highly motivated so as to successfully
accomplish the assigned operational tasks.
2. Pre Commission.
Volunteer GCs from IMA/OTA will be
commissioned at the scale of two officers
per battalion per year. These officers will
be allotted a parent regiment by MS Branch.
3. Post Commission.
Officers from all Arms and Services can
volunteer for the Parachute Regiment subject
to them having less than five years service
on the day they volunteer, being in medical
category SHAPE-I and being graded
`EXCELLENT’ in BPET. These officers will
retain their affiliated to their
Regiment/Corps (as parent regiment).
4. Keeping in view of
terrain specific locations of the PARA and
PARA (SF) battalions, each battalion has
allotted with a fixed class composition.
PARA and PARA (SF) battalions will be
maintained at 95% to 100% of their
Recruitment to the Parachute Regiment will
be carried out under the aegis of Parachute
Regiment Training Centre (PRTC) with
assistance from Recruiting Directorate,
wherever required. In addition, volunteers
from Arms/Services will also be permitted to
join the Regiment. AG Branch/MP Dte (MP-3)
would release recruiting vacancies
6. Recruit Management.
On completion of basic military training
(BMT) at PRTC, individuals will be allotted
a parent Inf Regiment by Infantry Dte under
intimation to AG’s Branch/MP Dte (MP-3). The
young soldiers will then be dispatched to
respective battalions to undergo probation
and final selection.
Individuals found unfit
will be posted to their parent regiment
after obtaining sanction of Comdt PRTC.
Though there is no restriction on the number
of personnel rejected by PARA and PARA (SF)
battalions, sanction of DG Inf will need to
be taken if the rejection rate during
probation for the regiment exceeds 20% of
young soldiers joining PARA and PARA (SF)
battalions from PRTC annually.
7. All ranks from other
Arms/Services can continue to volunteer to
join Parachute Regiment, including PARA (SF)
battalions, as hither-to-fore. Specimen
application form is given at Appendix.
Officers will forward their application in
duplicate to MS Branch (MS-2) duly
countersigned by Commanding Officer with
recommendation of higher HQ (one up). The
application of volunteer officers including
those from AMC will NOT be withheld at any
level, even though the officers in the chain
may not recommend the same.
Applications will be submitted in duplicate
duly signed by the Commanding Officer to the
parent Record Office together with IAFZ-958
and IAFF-3013 (Conduct Sheet). An advance
copy will also be forwarded to the Inf Dte
(Inf-7) by the concerned unit. Applications
will not be withheld by units for any
reason, though Commanding Officer has the
prerogative of `NOT RECOMMENDING’ an
individual. The concerned Record Offices
(for OR only) will forward applications to
PARA Records, together with supporting
documents, requesting PARA Records to
intimate the PARA/PARA (SF) battalion and
the date on which the volunteer is required
to report for probation.
10. Probation. All ranks (Officers
and PBOR) Volunteering for the Parachute
Regiment will undergo probation in
respective units, as under :-
(a) PARA Bns : 90 days
(b) PARA (SF) Bns : 180
days to include continuation training.
All ranks who do not
qualify in probation will be reverted to
their parent regiment.
11. Parachute Jump
Training. On successful completion of
probation, all ranks will undergo Para Basic
course at PTS, Air Force, Agra, on
successful completion of which they will be
permanently absorbed in the Parachute
Regiment. All ranks who do not volunteer to
jump will be reverted to their parent
Absorption. On successful completion of
probation, the PARA/ PARA (SF) battalions
will take action for permanent absorption of
the individual through Record Office, The
Parachute Regiment. All individual documents
will accordingly be forwarded by unit/Record
Office concerned to the Parachute Regiment
RETURN TO PARENT
ARM / CORPS
13. Unsuitable for
Parachute Duties. While serving in
the PARA Regt, PBOR may be reverted to their
parent Regts/ Corps through their Record
Offices. Some of the reasons for an indl
being found unsuitable for PARA/PARA (SF)
duties are as under :-
(a) Becomes a Non
Parachute volunteer after completing five
years of service in PARA/ PARA (SF)
(b) Becomes a permanent low medical category
(LMC) and the strength of such LMC personnel
exceeds 4% of the held strength.
(c) His return to the
parent unit is justifiable in organisational
interest under the provisions of AI 46/74 as
deterioration through age.
(ii) Nerve strain.
(iii) Injury of such
nature so as to make a man unfit for service
as a Paratroooper.
14. On return to Parent
Unit. Individuals being returned to parent
unit will retain the seniority of the last
substantive rank. Individuals on return to
parent unit will undergo promotion cadres in
the parent unit. Passing promotion cadre in
the PARA/PARA (SF) units does not exempt an
individual from the unit promotion cadres.
An individual is permitted to be tested
three times for promotion to the next rank
as per the orders on the subject. However,
if an individual has appeared and passed his
promotion cadre in PARA/PARA (SF) battalion,
it will not be deemed as a chance when he
returns to his parent unit.
of LMCs. Due to the type of tasks being
undertaken by PARA/PARA (SF) battalions,
there is a likelihood of a higher percentage
of individuals becoming permanent low
medical categories. PARA/PARA (SF) units
will remain permanent low medical categories
(LMC) upto 4% of authorized strength, who
may be adjusted in the unit in sheltered
appointments, in PRTC and on ERE. Balance
LMC personnel will be reverted to parent