Roled as an Airborne light infantry unit, the battalion is capable of a wide range of operational taskings.
Based at Merville Barracks, Colchester Garrison, their barracks in England, personnel regularly deploy outside of the United Kingdom on operations and training.
“The Parachute Regiment is the airborne infantry regiment of the British Army. The 1st Battalion is permanently under the command of the Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). The other battalions are the parachute infantry component of the British Army’s rapid response formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Paratroopers are trained to conduct a range of missions, from prevention and pre-emption tasks, to complex, high intensity war fighting. Watchwords are professionalism, resilience, discipline, versatility, courage and self-reliance.”
According to the Ministry of Defence, public order is a key skill required by 3 PARA in its current role as the lead infantry unit in the Air Assault Task Force (AATF), which is held ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice to conduct the full range of military operations.