I would say that 95+% of 3 RAR Training, is/was collective training.Collective training in the various roles is also crucial. It’s necessary of course for the individual soldier to have these skillsets, but the units and sub-units need time to train collectively in these varying roles, including lead up training specific to a particular exercise or deployment. The sum of all the parts, and all that…
Things like a rehearsal for a thing as basic as rally procedure on a DZ, could be walked through on a company parade ground. Boarding and exiting choppers was sometimes done with plastic chairs layed out to simulate UH1H/blackhawk seating on a footy field. (I kid you not).
The start of each year was always getting fit again, zeroing weapons, section/platoon/company exercises, a battalion sized section competition (the Opie trophy) which was always the hardest activity of the year. and culminating with a couple of major exercises towards the end of the year, battalion jumps, brigade or bigger sized exercises. of course the unit would be interrupted with deployments to RCB, international exercises or operations in our region or mid east. The flexibility of a unit like 3 RAR must be missed by the big wigs. You can deploy any infantry from an APC (run by Cav) with minimal training, but you cant create a battalion plus sized parachute group , capable of short notice deployment quickly.
and NO, 2 Commando does not have a parachute battalion group capability. It has a company group capability at best.