(the information is taken from the Swedish Armed Forces website, photo: Joel Thungren)
It's dark and cold, and the characteristic muffled rumble from the aircraft will make your pulse rise as you sit with your group in a transport plane a short distance from the action area. Now you get the go-ahead to get ready, and the ramp folds with a hydraulic buzzing sound. Suddenly the green light is given. You take the plunge, feel the wind, and soon after you hang out in your parachute and look out over the dark landscape beneath you. Silently, glide through the air towards the target area.
You and your group are transported by plane to be released from high altitude and silently glide towards the area you are supposed to operate in. You get information through fixed or mobile reconnaissance on bare ground and in a winter environment.
Fixed reconnaissance means that you have hidden scouting from one and the same place against one or more objects, such as a crossroads or bridge building. Mobile reconnaissance means that you are watching while you move and can last for several days. Maybe you're looking at a building from different directions.
The intelligence you collect will form the basis for higher-level decisions and can be crucial to a positive development.
As a paratrooper, you will undertake permanent reconnaissance for up to three weeks and often in very extreme conditions. You will be trained to use different types of communication equipment and optical equipment such as binoculars and image enhancers, which will allow you to solve your reconnaissance tasks even in the dark.
You will receive a position that is unique to the group you are working in, which means that you will become the group's specialist in that particular area.
The group you belong to must also be able to solve qualified combat tasks far behind enemy lines – the area where the enemy is located. As a paratrooper, you usually work in groups or in so-called battle pairs, two and two, never individually. Your knowledge and skills will also be used for international peacekeeping operations.
When you are not practicing in your position, the service is as usual for a soldier, that is, you nurture your personal equipment and train physically so that both you and your equipment are in top shape for the next operation.
Paratroopers are a position you can search for having completed a basic military training. You will undergo demanding tests before you are accepted.