Definitely soldiers in training

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.

A drill lesson in progress

A drill lesson in progress

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.

JS Bradnam

JS Bradnam

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!

9 thoughts on “Definitely soldiers in training

  1. Well done JS Bradnam! Things are moving on and you seem to be enjoying it. What you are doing sounds really interesting and I look forward to hearing of further progress from you and your comrades.

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  2. JS Bradnam, a name to be proud of. Check Previous Bradnams & know ur part of heroic history. Protection and luv 4all of U. X

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  3. Well done JS Bradnam. You are doing really well and as Parents were very very proud of you and I think its a good bet all the other parents are feeling the same about there sons training with you. Keep up the great efforts and enjoy the adventure training this week, looking forward to reading the next blog. Love Mum.

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  4. well done all the junior soldiers in c squadron my son is in there with you i am so proud of you all you have come a long way in such a short time

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  5. As one of B Sqn parents the parents day is a very proud moment for all concerned.I enjoy reading the blogs to help understand what my son has gone through,thank you

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  6. Absolutely fantastic JS Bradnam, you will not only be making your parents proud but the rest of your family also. Most of all you will experience an immense sense of achievement and pride for yourself and all in your squadrom. I hope there wasn`t to much blood to be seen in your Battlefield Casualty Drill, knowing what you are like!!
    Keep up the good work and enjoy. I look forward to your next blog.

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  7. JS Bradnam – you are to be congratulated on your achievements so far ! Whilst I’m sure it can’t all be as easy as your blog implies, it’s good to know you’re coping with everything the Army is expecting of you.

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  8. My daughter is in B squadron, 9 troop. The pass in parade the other week was fantastic, even better cos her troop won the drill comp!!!
    It will be better after your week 7 leave as you get to keep your mobile phones and be able to go out of camp when your not working.

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