Army Offers ‘Parachute Jumps’ In St Helens

SOLDIERS will be giving potential recruits in St Helens the chance to ‘skydive’ while keeping their feet firmly on the ground. The latest virtual reality technology, which simulates a real life parachute jump, will be set up and available to use at an Army Reserve recruitment event in the town on Saturday. ‘Paras’ from the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment will offer would-be daredevils the experience of jumping out of a plane without the need to take to the sky, thanks to Gear VR powered by Oculus Rift. Members of the public will be able to try the 360-degree technology at the recruitment event from 10am on Saturday, March 12, at the Army Reserve Centre, Jubilee Barracks, Prescot Road, St Helens, WA10 3UB. Warrant Officer Class 2 Tim Wiseman, from the 4 PARA, said: “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment; it’s the most realistic experience without getting in a plane.” But visitors will also be able to get their hands on the real thing, as the Paras bring along a selection of their service kit including real parachutes. The recruitment event will also feature other Army units: gunners from 103 Royal Artillery Regiment, sappers of 75 Engineer Regiment and medics of 144 Para Field Squadron, 16 Medical Regiment. Tim added: “The Army Reserve gives you opportunities which you don’t get on ‘civvy street’, including overseas trips and adventure training such as skiing, climbing, mountain biking and scuba diving. You get paid for it too, on top of your full-time job.” Recruiting staff will be on hand to speak to anyone who is interested in a new challenge and wishes to sign up.