Gritty military series The Paras: Men Of War returns for the third and final episode tonight to ITV - via BFBS TV for military families based overseas - and this time Private Jack Kojo-Braima is back for a second attempt at the gruelling P Company.
“P Company is the judge, jury and executioner of you becoming a paratrooper.”
P Company is said to be the toughest test in the British military - before potentially making their first parachute jumps if they pass, to gain their wings.
As shown in episode one, Pte Kojo-Braima failed his first course but this time he is back and more determined than ever. He said:
“I want to pass this, to me it’s a title to be earned by any means necessary.
“You know if that means two broken legs, a broken arm, a smashed in face, yeah, then so be it.”
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If Pte Kojo-Braima passes the Paras training course, he will face one final hurdle before becoming a fully-fledged paratrooper - his first parachute jump from a Hercules plane. He said:
“The way I see it, the first jump is the big test, you know it’s the moment of truth, you can jump out of a plane, happy days, crack on.
"If you can’t well, think of another career path.”
Platoon Commander Captain Dominic Drew isn’t looking for your average Joe, the nickname all recruits get at the start of the 28-week recruitment course to gain the coveted maroon beret, to become a Paratrooper.
It takes a lot more than just a desire to be a soldier to make the grade. He said:
“As a paratrooper, we’re looking for something a bit more and that’s being comfortable in chaos.”
Meanwhile, tonight’s episode isn’t all about the recruits.
Major Nick French is getting married which has brought the chance of him dying in action to the forefront of his mind.
While unpacking Major French discovers a letter he wrote but never sent to his parents as a young paratrooper, in case he died in Afghanistan.
Understandably he finds it difficult to read, especially the part where he tells his parents not to lose themselves in sadness after his death. He said:
“Mum and Dad, if you’re reading this, unfortunately, I’ve got the good news, clearly I should have kept my rather large head down but unfortunately I didn’t when the time mattered.
“Be under no illusion, I’ve loved serving in the Parachute Regiment and I regret nothing.
“Please take some comfort in the fact that I have always tried to serve my country to the best of my ability...”
Confronting death is nothing new for Paratroopers. Paras always need to be ready to fight as they are an elite force who are often first into conflict.
Also, the Paras are Britain’s elite airborne infantry. They face the prospect of death either during a battle or during parachute jumps.
Corporal Andrew Denikiewicz says he’s not bothered by death. He said:
“If I die then I’m dead, aren’t I? What am I gonna know about it? My family will be gutted, well I hope.
“Obviously if I die doing what I love then, you know I’ve died a soldier’s death haven’t I?”
Pictures Credit - THE PARAS: MEN OF WAR - Thursday 24th January 2018 on ITV