Junior Soldier (JS) Field writes from the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester, about the tenth week of his Army basic training. He’s been finding out about chemical attacks, climbing hills and navigating, learning from a famous TV series and, unfortunately, failing a room inspection…
Week 10 has had its ups and downs. The week started on a bit of a high after we passed our drill test the previous week. We were also allowed to go into Winchester on Sunday which made a welcome change from constantly staying in camp.
The week’s lessons started with us learning about CBRN, which is chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks/warfare. It wasn’t too bad a topic to learn but a lot of it was classroom based, which got a bit boring. Things got more entertaining when we put on our respirators and CBRN suits.
We also learnt about target indication, which covers the different ways we can let the rest of our Section or Troop know an enemy position. I found this quite easy to get the hang of, once I had learnt the basics.
We also started a series of lessons which used the “Band of Brothers” TV series to reinforce the 6 core values of the British Army. We watched the Band of Brothers episodes and filled out a booklet, answering different questions on each episode. I found this to be an excellent lesson as we were able to relax and also relate some of the training we have done to the well-known TV series.
We also went on a small outdoor exercise which involved climbing a hill overlooking Winchester. We then used some of the navigational skills we had been taught to locate different areas in Winchester. We were given different grid references and had to find the areas they represented.
On Friday, our Troop Sergeant carried out a room inspection and everyone in the Troop got picked up on some piece of kit or another. As a result we were given a work parade where we had to do jobs as a punishment. This made everyone pretty unhappy, but we’re determined to do better next week…