Soldier under Training (SuT) Jamie Davies blogs again from the Army Training Centre, Pirbright. He writes about sustaining an injury during training and his nerves ahead of a weapons handling test.
I’m now coming to the end of my third week at ATC Pirbright. I’m still really enjoying it, even though I sustained an injury at the start of this week during physical training (PT). The PT session which left me feeling slightly worse for wear was the endurance run. It’s always a tough session when we go to the hilly, wooded area out at the back of Pirbright, but you always get to the end and feel really good for having completed it. Some people are naturally faster than others, but it doesn’t matter if you’re the fastest or the slowest – as long as you are giving 100% you won’t get shouted at… much! When we go running all of the Troop Staff come along and encourage us. It’s reassuring to know that although they might not show it, they must be as tired as us deep down. Anyway, there’s a really good rehabilitation programme here and the Medical Centre staff are excellent. It only took a couple of days of physiotherapy to get me back on my feet and now I am feeling completely fine again. I was given some special shock-absorbing insoles and they seem to be doing the trick.
We have a really important test on Monday – the SA80 rifle weapons handling test on the SA80. If I pass, it means I will be able to go on the ranges and fire live rounds. We have had a lot of lessons in preparation for the test and so I feel confident that I will pass, but it’s always a bit nerve-wracking when you are tested in anything.
My fitness is really coming along now as well and I am excellent at drill. Well, I think I am… We do a lot of drill practice because there are lots of different steps to learn. Everything is progressive though, and most people have picked up everything we’ve learned so far.
On Saturday we had Regimental Activities. I got to have a go on the climbing wall in the gym. It was loads of fun and something I’ve never tried before. Sunday was spent completing personal admin for the new locker layout and practising for our weapons handling test.
Week four here I come!