SuT Jamie Davies writes about his fourth week of Phase 1 training at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright. He’s had his Weapons Handling Test, live firing on the ranges – and more blisters…
Week four. We’re now expected to know how to wear our different uniforms without any help or direction, and to make them look smart. The regular locker layout inspections continue, and we all know the standards expected. They’re high – but you feel really good when you pass an inspection!
I had my Weapons Handling Test (WHT) on Monday and I was really worried, but I flew through it. The instructors really help to get the information you need to know into your head. I’m not sure how they do it, but whatever it is, it works!
The WHT was in preparation for Live Firing (LF) 1, 2 and 3. LF1 and 2 took place on the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT – an indoor simulated range) and LF3 involved live rounds on an outdoor range. Live firing was amazing. It was so weird knowing that real bullets were coming out of the end of the barrel – and it was pretty cool looking at the targets at the end, seeing where the bullets had gone through. I passed all the shoots, and was pretty happy.
We did some more swimming this week, and we also had circuits. I really enjoyed both of them and I can feel myself getting physically fitter. When you’re doing the sessions you feel like you might actually die – but afterwards you feel a lot better. The staff say all the time that all they ask is that you give 100%. If you give it your all you then don’t get into trouble.
We also had our first boot run this week. My heel was taped up to try to prevent blisters, but it didn’t work. We have been taught by the Medic how to deal with them, so this time I sorted them out myself. If they get really bad you can go to the nightly Blister Clinic to get them treated by the Medical Staff. Quite a few of the boys have been at various points over the last 4 weeks.
The weeks are flying by fast now and we will be on our weekend 7 leave soon. I really can’t wait. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet but it will definitely involve a lot of sleeping!
I absolutely love life here. The lads in my section always pull together to help each other out. It’s important to work as a team to get through training and work together to achieve full potential. I feel like I’m well on the way to my ultimate goal now of being in the British Army. I will not quit!