Soldier under Training (SuT) Alastair Byrne, currently undergoing Phase 1 Training at ATC Pirbright blogs about his second week of training and of learning the importance of punctuality!
Week 2: our first lesson on the SA80 rifle, learning simple safety precautions to start off with. My new boots were playing up a bit, so I went to the Medical Centre. They gave me some good advice on foot care and on using zinc tape to stop the rubbing.
At 7am on Tuesday morning we had a locker inspection. My ironing has improved, although I’m not a master yet! We also had first endurance run and learned how to load and make a rifle safe. In the afternoon, there was a swimming lesson (no slides or splashing!) before we had a lecture about the importance of insuring our kit.
Thursday started off badly – a few people were late so we were given a “time appreciation” lesson, where we had to change into different clothing within a limited time. We had our first lesson on map reading and navigation, too. It found it interesting and am looking forward to the next.
On Saturday morning we all went for a game of indoor football. Our section won and we will be reminding the other sections regularly of our victory! This was followed by a physical training (PT) lecture on training zones before we had the rest of the day to ourselves. I spent it at the laundry – which is always a good laugh – before playing some pool.
On Sunday I passed my locker inspection. I was surprised – since ironing isn’t one of my strengths – but obviously I have improved. So I won’t be parading around the Guard Room next week.
Another trip to the WRVS building brought some normality back to us, before some heavy discussions continued late into the night on how to achieve the best locker layout. We all came to the same conclusion though, thank God!