The British Armed Forces award a range of Parachutist Badges to those qualified as military parachutists. The version awarded depends largely on the unit or role that the individual fills following qualification. We sell current issued variations as worn by Army, RAF, Royal Navy and also Special Forces units such as the SAS and SBS.
We sell current issued variations.
This is a sew-on badge for issued uniform.
All Qualified military parachutists serving in the Royal Navy wear the Army pattern parachutist badge, a parachute with wings. In gold on blue on No 1 Uniform and (in miniature) on No 2 Uniform; in white on blue on RN PCS or light blue on khaki drill on MTP. The badge is worn above the trade badge and 6mm below the shoulder seam on right arm.
The British Army has three parachute qualification badges for non SF qualified soldiers:
Assistant Parachute Jump Instructor;
Parachute Badge with Wings (also used by the Royal Marines), and
Parachute Badge without Wings.
The parachutist’s badges for personnel of the SAS and SBS are of different designs, Special Forces Communicators attached to the SBS wear SBS pattern wings.
SAS pattern parachute wings, designed by Lieutenant Jock Lewes and based on the stylised sacred Ibis wings of Isis of Egyptian iconography depicted in the décor of Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo, are worn on the right shoulder.
Qualified RAF and RAF Regiment personnel wear a badge similar to the Army’s Parachute Badge with Wings, formerly on an RAF blue-grey backing, since 1972 on navy blue; there is an RAF equivalent to the ‘lightbulb’. The Parachute Jump Instructor badge is categorised as a Flying Badge.