Soldier under Training (SuT) Jamie Davies blogs from the Army Training Centre, Pirbright, about the second week of his Phase 1 training.
On the Monday of week 2 we began our rifle training on the SA80 A2 (the standard British Army rifle). Throughout the week we learned most of the drills that we need to know for our weapons handling test which is in week 4. Once we pass our weapons handling test we can go on the ranges and fire the rifle using live ammunition. I am really excited about the prospect of getting onto a range and practising the skills we have been learning. I hope I’m a good shot – it would be brilliant if I could become a marksman!
Physical Training (PT) this week has been difficult but very rewarding. We have done a wide range of exercise from swimming to endurance runs and circuits. I had really sore shins for one of the endurance runs and so afterwards I went to the Medical Centre to see the Doctor who referred me to the Physiotherapist. Thankfully my shins are now a lot less painful and I’ve been able to join in all PT sessions. On Saturday we had a football competition between our sections, which ended with a penalty shootout – and my section won! The football session brought all the lads together and morale was at the highest it has been so far.
Everyone is beginning to get used to getting up at 6am and getting to bed at 11pm. It’s strange living in 12- man rooms but it is quite useful for when we need to work together as a team. We are each developing different things that we are good at.