I would like them to keep one Para Coy and rotate it like the RDF rotated the online Bn. Thus keeping a the Para capability in case we needed it again. With 1RAR getting a lot of the air time from 5 Avvn and 2RAR playing with the boats most of the time (HMAS Tobruk), I just think transport might be a little spread thin for all three Bn's. Unless they cut D Coy from 1 and 2. That might help the new section manning if it comes into effect.Mick73...3RAR is a para Bn at present, so really they are light Inf, the lightest! the only difference is the deployment method, and as pointed out, 3 has never been operationly deployed by parachute. However!, that dosnt mean that that method of deployment will NEVER be needed. 4RAR will maintain the role, but I think it would be stretched if anything other than point of entry was required.What if the majority of 4RAR were deplyed in another AO and they were acting as cutoff for a force that would be deployed quickly via an as yet unsecured area. If we had a para Bn, they could quickly secure a POE for a larger force,then join it. I can see a need for a para Bn or another CDO Bn, either way, the transition to light INF will be easy and quick. 3Bde in townsville will be a more balanced unit now, and the local buisness up there will be greatful and the civie girls nervous!
On the Cdo Bn maybe thats where 8/9 RAR might do in the future if another Cdo Bn was needed or use 3RAR as they are Para ATM.
Interesting times ahead for the Regt.