Band of Brothers

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…

JS Field tries out his respirator

JS Field tries out his respirator

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…

10 thoughts on “Band of Brothers

  1. you fail room inspections all the time its just the way it is .it gives them something to shout at . but its all part of the plan so stick in there and were all proud o you boys . remember and post pics of your passing out parade

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  2. Nice one Js Field, keep it up. More boring things r the better 4u, means ur misunderstanding something, Once u clarify-Ur Ok.

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  3. I Know how it works especially after a failed inspection i to went to winchester all i can say is strive to do better next time there will always be ups and downs but pull togeather as a team and you will be fine !

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  4. Sounds like another lesson has been learnt, achieving a standard is one thing, maintaining it another.
    Keep working hard, well done
    Dad

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  5. nice to see you on here giving your son support Ian. Like you my dad was always giving me support, even after I handed in my DOR, going to another regiment, keep it up JS, you’ve passed the hardest, gets a bit easier and now you have a bit more rope to hang yourself as my instructors used to say.

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  6. Chin up mate,its the Army way,Knew you was on a high after passing your drill test,so they bring you back down to earth !!!!!your room will never be 100% ..they’ll always find something wrong with it .

    Head down crack on !!!!

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  7. Keep ur chin up! my sons there and he passes out in just over 4 weeks. All the hard work does pay off and he says it does get easier.

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  8. we had it easy way back then, to us compared today our training was easy it was a different period just after national service, but we did have those barrack room inspections not only barrack rooms but a team from the Army HQ checked everything which included all our radio vehicles and all extras kit was hidden away as we had to have the right amount as per schedule list for each radio detachment, weeks before it was painting everything in sight and vehicles and the camp areas all had to be spotless..it was called the Annual General Admin Inspection, the the Regt parade which followed on Sat morn even the marrieds had to live in for a week…this occured yearly, this happen to all BAOR Army units and Regts being a Signals Regt it was harder than the Infantry because of the tech equipment and vehicles we had…no camo paint job but dark army green and it had to shine inside and outside each vehicle..all radios had to be operation working order, as this only happened once a year, so your training is harder than we had…keep up the good work and see it through it will get better..

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  9. Hey Josh. Thanks for the update – all sounds good. I think you need to bring one of those respirators home for Mum in Gedney Bog End!!!! Then she won’t have any excuses for walking the dogs!!!

    Everything is okay in Manchester….just plodding along! And make sure you listen in class! I’m sure there will be plenty of times in the future when you think back to those “classrooms” and realise it’s not all that bad!

    Keep up the good work Mr! James.

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