Junior Soldier (JS) Field is now in the third week of Junior Entry Phase 1 Training at the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester (ATFC(W)). In his latest blog he describes his favourite – and least favourite – experiences so far.
Week 3 already? It seems hard to believe how fast the time is flying by now, but when you think about it we never really get time to stop and take it all in.
For me, this week has been the best and the worst, all wrapped into one. Once again I woke up on Monday bright and early, ready for another week learning about the rifle and Battlefield Casualty Drills (BCD) as well as more long classroom lessons where my eyes feel so tired at times I’m not sure whether I’m asleep or awake!
In the rifle lessons this week we have looking at how to hold the weapon correctly and how to control our breathing in order to get the best possible shot. I love these lessons as they take me one step closer to firing the weapon. We have been taught how to best prevent injuries and have had another lesson on the values and standards of the British Army. I am quickly coming to realise that these rules that we are being taught are the guidelines to how I will now live my life in the future. The lessons on BCD are good and we all pay a lot of attention as we realise that one day we might have to put these drills in to practice to save a life.
Now that I’ve mentioned the good things I will tell you about the worst bits.
Locker inspections terrify me daily. I never thought the most simplest of tasks such as folding clothes could become one of the hardest things in the world! Everything has to be perfect – but I feel I’m getting closer to passing the inspections.
On Thursday, the week took a sudden dip for me, when I woke up feeling far from perfect. I thought I would try and ‘soldier on’ and hoped that I would start to feel better. As the day went on, I kept pushing myself and by the evening felt even worse, I spoke to my Section Commander who took me straight down to the Medical Centre. The nurse examined me and took my temperature which was too high and as a result she ‘bedded me down’. I spent the night shivering and when I saw the doctor the next day he told me I had a chest infection and would be kept in over the weekend. Not a great way to spend the end of the week… I just want to get into week 4 now!