When he was a boy, Jezz Littlewood dreamt of joining the army. Academia and books were far from his mind, though he was an avid newspaper reader. At 18, in 1988, the lure of the army proved too strong to resist and so Mr. Littlewood lived out his fantasy by joining the Parachute Regiment in Britain. The parachute regiment isn't just any regiment. The selection process is strict and rigourous. Those chosen must have above-average physical and mental qualities. Parachutists are loners who work with minimal or very little support, often behind enemy lines.