I know this is a marines forum but quite a few lads wanting to join paras on here or are just interested in knowing bit about prac so here goes. Sorry if anything doesn't make sense I'm still monging. Day 1 Arrived at Darlington station around midday suit and tie, luckily met a lad on the train who was going so didn't turn up alone. Waited outside the station for the other lads then went up to the coach to the corporal who sorted us all out and got us on the coach with a packed lunch ( sausage roll might be cold but I recommend eating it as it's your only meal before pfa). You get there and go into the accommodation line up in the corridor and you're put into your rooms and given a number and your kit for the 3 days. You then get into your running stuff (make sure you have proper running shoes) and go to your pfa. The pfa started well press ups sit ups I got pbs in which I was happy and most lads did reasonable in this with the odd machine in there. You then go out for the 1.5 miler, you get taken round the loop once my the Pt staff then 2 laps best effort minus the hill on the second lap! My advice for this lads was train for a hard warmup it ain't too far but it's at a good pace and makes a difference on your mile and a half and to be honest it's a *text deleted* excuse blaming the warmup. Off we went best effort, it's a bit hilly so train for this but 100% doable. Got 9:58 minutes on this which was shite especially after a 9:04 at assessment centre! (Luckily we got a redo or day 3). We then did an ice breaker! Rest of the day was just scran and boot polishing block jobs and bed. Day 2 Got up at 5 showered/shaved ready for the day and lined up in the corridor for water parade, basically you fill up a mug of water and see it off. Then you head down for breakfast, come and get ready for steeplechase. The steeplechase lads its horrendous but fun, you get taken on a 'run through' where you learn the route and prove you can do the obstacles safely. For me this was a right mental battle the corporals put in a decent pace on this and you stop at every obstacle to try it and everyone has go after a demonstration, which for me made it feel like it was a half hour route, it ain't! You'll get soaked during this your boots will fill up with water your trousers will be heavy and if you're like me you'll take a neck high dunk falling over which doesn't help the weight. You then start out on a rugby pitch for a best effort attempt, wait to be told to go then sprint across it to the woods with the steeplechase in it! I use the term sprint loosely, I was putting the effort in for a sprint but looked like more of a jog as my legs were already dead! For me this was a real eye opener that I need to smash my leg endurance, as I shuffled my way round the course genuinely going as fast as I could! For me this was a mental battle massively on how much I wanted it as my legs really didn't want to move! However it does end and some lads smashed it, to pass this you need to be getting under 18 minutes! We then got cleaned up, washed our boots and went and watched a presentation, ate lunch, got a chance to speak to some lads in training which I highly recommend picking there brains as much as you can as the corporals aren't there so they're honest with you! Then had a presentation on weapons, did a test on the parachute regiment, ate dinner then finished with block jobs and got ready for the next day! Day 3 Same as day 2 get up, ready, water parade, breakfast then block jobs. We then fortunately got another chance at the mile and a half as only 2 lads had got under 9:30 out of 12! This time no one had any excuses we got a decent warm up then set off, this is where everyone dug out after seeing how much they wanted to be here! The 2 lads who'd smashed it the first day got a rest here which came in handy later but they'd earned it! After this we went for a 'taste' of the familiarisation run. This was a pure leg burner, just listen to instructions and the names of the hills and just keep going! Was a point where I'm sure the corporal walked past me running up the hill but I didn't stop was even crawling a bit at one point! However like the steeplechase it doesn't go on for ever and is 100% doable. After this we got showered sorted out our rooms ready for the next prac did block jobs and got told if we'd passed or failed. 12 lads on the course 2 got a b grade and 6 of us got D+ as we did enough on one test to pass even though we'd failed a different test! We also had on lad with us who was a rejoin and I can't thank him enough for how helpful he was a proper decent bloke whose been there and done it and decided he wants to come back to it! 61 press ups 67 sit ups 1.5 miler 9:31 Steeplechase 18:35 fail Passed on a high risk as I was one of the 6, not ideal but I'm over the moon. You do get chance to ask the corporals question and they do treat you decent on this course as you're not in training yet! They're proper decent blokes and you want to impress them, we were told we had the best attitude out of any troop this year even though we were 100% not the fittest! Advice id give Show respect to your corporals they're where you want to be and have seen and done a lot. If they shout corridor run as fast as you can and line up. Eat properly. Train your press ups and sit ups before. Get used to hills they're everywhere, I regret not doing this. Enjoy yourself, genuinely had a great crack with the lads and can't wait to start rt with them. Anyone wanting to join paras pop up to me and I'll happily answer any questions you have.