We Conquer From Above

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Did You know ; Rooiplaas Community is the biggest representative group for Paratroopers in South Africa

Did You know : The business listings is for Rooiplaas members with a membership number only

Did You know : The Aapkas is named after Col. W P Louw. 

Did You know : To become a member of Rooiplaas Community is free of charge.. Terms and conditions apply

Did You know : You needed to pass four out of six fitness tests at the end of the two week PT course 

Did You know : The qualifying time for the old mile was 18 minutes, with full kit

Did You know : The term “Skaapdra” means to carry your fellow soldier over your shoulders 

Did You Know ; A Marble is a block of cement in the Parachute Bn and used for Physical Training

Did You Know : The 1 Parachute Battalion slogan is Ex Alto Vincimus.. We Conquer from Above

Did You Know ; Parachutes used for training – life span was 10 years

Did You Know : In 1985 the life span was extended to 20 years

Did You Know ; A Roman Candle refers to the entangled, turned up twisted lines of a parachute

Did You Know ; Before the 2 week training PT Course was changed to 3 day`s You needed to pass six fitness tests

Did You Know : Soldiers were never called up to 1 Parachute Bn – They were selected at other Units and joined out of free will

Did You Know ; When a soldier fell out of selection they were deployed back to their old units

Did You Know ; The six tests you had to pass were ;
3600 meter run Full Kit in 18 minutes
‘Skaapdra” to carry your fellow brother over your shoulders 180 m in 75 sec. Both Full Kit
Sprint Run between two lines 10 m apart – 250 m in 90 seconds touching hand over the 2 lines
67 ‘Sit-Ups in 2 minutes – 120 seconds
Climb – Jump over a two meter wall with Full Kit
Climb a Rope 6 meter high and touch the high bar of the training hanger

Did You Know ; Nobody was ever forced to jump.

Did You Know ; Col Chris le Roux was Off. Commanding of 1 Para Bn 1984

Did You Know : Col Archie Moore was Off. Commanding of 1 Para Bn 1978

Did You Know ; Before you qualified as a paratrooper you had to do one night jump

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