A previous paratrooper was racially manhandled in the Army and heard an officer consider Nelson Mandela a fear monger, a work court has been told.
Nkululeko Zulu, who filled in as a spear corporal in the Parachute Regiment, additionally said he believed he had been kept down for advancement because of his race.
Mr Zulu and previous partner Hani Gue have taken the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to a court claiming they suffered racial discrimination.
The MoD is contesting the claims.
Mr Zulu served with 3rd Battalion (3 Para), based at Merville Barracks in Colchester, the tribunal in central London heard.
He said he had been racially abused by a sergeant in 2014 after asking for early holiday to return to South Africa to visit family.