School of Airborne Troops (France)

School of Airborne Troops (France)

The "École des troupes aéroportées" (ETAP), or School of Airborne Troops, is a military school dedicated to training the military paratroopers of the French army. It was established in 1964 and is located in the town of Pau, in the département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France.

It is a training unit of the French Army, under the French Army Training Command (COFAT).


The ETAP has its origins at the end of the Second World War with the establishment of the Airborne Troops Training Center (CETAP) on April 16, 1946. On 1st June, 1947 the CETAP became the ETAP.


The ETAP is responsible for training paratroopers, officer and enlisted. It is also responsible for international cooperation and promotion of paratroop culture. It also serves as a center for the development of paratroop doctrine and training.


The ETAP is divided into three components: a command center, a training centre, and a support center.

Training courses

*Training for certification as military Parachuting (2 weeks)
*Officer and NCO training (7 days to 4 weeks)
*Training for paratrooper monitors, free drop monitors, and "pilotes parachutes biplaces" (8 weeks)
*Training for "Chuteurs Opérationnels" (12 weeks)
*Training for air-delivery
*Training in drop techniques
*Military training to other countries within the framework of cooperation

Units which train at ETAP

*8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment: "8e Régiment Parachutiste d'Infanterie de Marine (8e RPIMa)"

External links

*fr [ Site officiel de l'Ecole]

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