Soldier under Training (SuT) Jamie Davies writes from the Army Training Centre, Pirbright about his latest experiences of Phase 1 Training. It’s been another busy week…
I started the week on a high having a good time with the lads. Everyone gets on really well and we’re like a family.
On Monday we had grenade lessons, learning about different types of grenade and how to throw them. Throwing the grenades was a real highlight as I got the grenade into the target area. We also did anti-ambush drills and learnt how to search people and vehicles for things such as weapons and explosives. I loved the anti-ambush drills as we were doing it in section fire teams with blank ammunition which makes it realistic.
On Tuesday we had the RMT (Representative Military Task) output test which is a 6 mile tab (loaded march in boots) with 12kg inside our bergens. As soon as we crossed the finish line it was straight into the ammo lift and jerry can carry which I also passed. You have to pass these tests to pass out of Phase 1 Training.
We started the next day by having our Troop photo on the drill square in our drill kit. I hope it looks good! Afterwards we had PT (physical training) where we learnt how to play volleyball which was really enjoyable. We then had CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) lessons, in preparation for a test on Friday. We entered the respirator testing facility which was full of CS gas and took off our respirators. Whilst our respirators were off we had to say our name, rank and number. It was OK but it makes your nose and eyes run though.
We had the assault course on Thursday and then the CIED (Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices) test.
We have completed lots of tests but there are still more to come including the Personal Fitness Assessment on Friday. It is two minutes of sit-ups and press-ups followed by a 1.5 mile run.
I’m really looking forward to next week which is Exercise FINAL FLING.