"What manner of men are these who wear the maroon red beret? They are firstly all volunteers, and are then toughened by hard physical training. As a result they have that infectious optimism and that offensive eagerness which comes from physical well being. They have jumped from the air and by doing so have conquered fear. Their duty lies in the van of battle: they are proud of this honour and have never failed in any task. They have the highest standard in all things, whether it be skill in battle or smartness in the execution of all peace time duties. They have shown themselves to be as tenacious and determined in defence as they are courageous in attack.
They are, in fact, men apart - every man an Emperor."
The Parachute Regimental association was originally formed as an Old Comrades Association at the end of World War Two to organise functions and activities for members to continue associations formed during their service with the Regiment and Airborne Forces.
If you are thinking of leaving the Army, through its wide network of branches, the Parachute Regimental Association may be able to offer advice and contacts within your local area and point you in the right direction.
The Association is a registered charity and governed by its constitution whose charitable objects are:
- To promote the efficiency of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces by fostering esprit de corps and maintaining contact between past and present members thereof
- To relieve either generally or individually persons who are serving or who have served in The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces or the dependants of such persons who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
- The commemoration and remembrance of those members of the parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces who have died whilst on active service and the encouragement of public recognition of the sacrifice made by such persons.
There are currently 89 Association branches nationwide, which are each registered with their respective charity regulator.
The Association’s membership covers all age groups and the many cap badges that make up Airborne Forces.
Branches welcome visits from serving airborne soldiers and are especially keen to hear about your experiences in today’s Army.
All of the branches are keen to recruit those who have recently left the service. If this is you and you are seeking out your local branch, please call 01206 817077.
The Airborne Prayer
May the defence of the Most High be above and beneath, around and within us,
in our going out and in our coming in,
in our rising up and our going down,
all our days and all our nights,
until the dawn when the son of righteousness shall arise
with healing in his wings for the peoples of the World
through Jesus Christ our Lord.