The 101st Royal Parachute Brigade is the Airborne Infantry of the Royalist Kingdom Ground Force (RKGF) and is an special forces brigade. A modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations.
The Brigade is composed of one Special Troops Battalion, rapidly-deployable light infantry special operations battalion with specialized skills that enable them to perform a variety of special operations missions.
These missions include but are not limited to airborne, air assault, and direct action operations, raids, infiltration and exfiltration by air, land or sea in addition to airfield seizure, recovery of personnel and special equipment, and support of general purpose forces (GPF).
Members of the Parachute Brigade are known to the rest of the army and the royalist public by the nickname the Paras.
Recruitment, selection and training
Selection is held twice a year regardless of conditions. Personnel must have a level of prior regular or reserve military experience and for regulars must have at least 39 months of service remaining on completion of selection as well as not exceeding 32 years of age.
Candidates are limited to a maximum of two attempts with personnel failing being Returned to Unit. Selection is broken down into a number of phases, commencing with a Briefing Course several weeks in advance of commencement.
Training is very rigorous, having a reputation of providing the toughest training anywhere in the world. The drop out rate for BUDs classes are sometimes over 90 percent. The average airborne infantry spends over a year in a series of formal training environments before being awarded.
Following selection personnel will undertake training according to operational need and their specific area of employment:
- First Aid, to a high level, including attachment to busy hospitals, including a week in a mortuary.
Signals and communications
- HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening)
- HAHO (High Altitude, High Opening)
- Sniping - Special Forces snipers are trained by the Royalist Marines at CTCRM (Commando Training Centre Royalist Marines)
- Vehicle Operating Skills - off-road, for cross-country insertion and patrolling, and also on-road evasive or pursuit driving as part of the close protection role
- Counter Revolutionary Warfare Training
- Explosive Method of Entry (EMOE)
- Close protection techniques
Personnel undertake Survive, Evade, Resist, Extract training. The test stage for this training phase requires the candidates to undergo an evasion exercise, dressed in greatcoats to restrict movement and operating in small groups.
A Hunter Force from the Special Forces Support Group provides a capture threat. All personnel are required to undergo a Tactical Questioning stage; should a candidate reach the objective without capture he will still be subjected to this element.