Junior Soldier (JS) Bradnam blogs again from the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester (ATFC(W)). He recalls his experiences of the third week of his Junior Entry Phase 1 Training.
The week started off in the usual way, with everybody going about their usual business. However we began to notice the timings were becoming slightly shorter day by day. At first everyone struggled with having less time and more expected of them – but despite the pressure everybody began adjusting to it well. The week’s first lesson was a Skill at Arms lesson (weapon drills) and everybody was now beginning to realise that we were definitely soldiers in training. The discipline didn’t seem to increase rapidly but there was definitely a noticeable difference by the end of the week.
This discipline came through the teaching of drill. Lessons are now a daily occurrence, because there is a drill test at the end of week 6. 3 weeks does not sound like a long time to be able to turn from complete beginner to soldier standard but we all gave it our best shot and persevered to improve.
This week the days have included PT (physical training) sessions which although tough, everybody enjoyed. And we’ve been given lessons on various other types of military subjects. BCD (Battlefield Casualty Drills) was definitely a lesson worthwhile knowing. We also had lessons from the Padre who talked about the meaning of the Army’s 6 core values (which I mentioned in my first blog), what each one means, and examples of the values being displayed by soldiers throughout the Army on a daily basis
During the week we saw B Squadron doing their week 6 pass out parade in front of all their family and friends and it brought home what we all wanted – to make our parents proud. This gave every single one of us a real morale boost which was instantly noticeable. Although the week was tough it seemed to fly by and before we knew it we were staring week 4 in the face! It will involve the infamous weapon handling test which, if passed, enables the individual to be able to use the rifle on the range. It will also enable everyone to use their weapons on Exercise FIRST STEP, which is due to take palce at the end of week 4.
It seems like week 4 is definitely going to be a week to remember!