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The Airborne Role

The Queen's Own Rifles is the only militia unit in Canada to maintain a parachute tasking. On 1 January 1983 The Regiment received an operational tasking to provide an airborne platoon to support 3 Commando of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. In September 1984, the tasking was upgraded to providing two platoons and a company headquarters. After the disbandment of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, an unofficial liaison was formed with 3 RCR, Airborne Holding Unit.

Today, our official tasking is to support the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre (CFLAWC) in Trenton, Ontario. This tasking involves day and night, tactical and non-tactical, full-equipment parachute descents from both CC-130 Hercules aircraft as well as various types of helicopters. We maintain our links to the broader airborne brotherhood through exchanges with airborne units in our allied countries, through participation in the Canadian Airborne Forces Association, and through our hosting of the annual airborne luncheon at the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

Airborne soldiers are those who maintain a high standard of physical and tactical fitness and who make use of parachutes as means of tactical deployment. Unlike civilian parachutists, airborne soldiers jump with a significant amount of equipment (including their weapon and rucksack), jump at night as well as during the day, and jump from much lower altitudes.

To become part of The Queen's Own para tasking an individual Rifleman must be a qualified infantryman and must pass the pre-para fitness test, which is the minimum fitness requirement for the Basic Parachutist Course. The pre-para fitness test includes a one-mile run in less than seven minutes, eight chin-ups,and 35 sit-ups. These are the absolute minimum requirements as the selection for the Basic Parachute Course is quite competitive. The Basic Parachute Course is a three-week course at CFLAWC in Trenton. It consists of two weeks of ground training (including equipment rigging, aircraft drills, parachute flight and landings) and one week of jumping ("J-stage"). Riflemen who have completed the Basic Parachutist Course, jump regularly with the unit, and complete the Annual Refresher and the Expected Performance Level Fitness Test are eligible to wear the paratrooper's coveted maroon beret.

With more experience, airborne Riflemen may obtain higher level qualifications such as the Jumpmaster Course, the DZ/ LZ Controller's Course, the Aerial Delivery Course, Basic Helicopter Operations Course, the Parachute Instructor Course, and the Advanced Mountain Operations Course.

 

"In Pace Paratus - In Peace Prepared"