Junior Soldier (JS) Field writes about a busy week of activity at the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester, which has included a surprise promotion.
This week was the last week in camp before we went home for our second leave period, and it couldn’t come quick enough!
We started the week by deploying straight on to the test exercise where our fieldcraft skills such as admin in the field, observation, judging distances, target indication and camouflage and concealment were scrutinised. The first day was all right as the weather was quite good and after a few revision sessions that day we got in to the night routine. Throughout the night the weather got progressively worse and by the next day it was pouring down. We had to administer ourselves the next morning before moving out of the harbour area and cracking on with the test day. The rain made it really difficult to do it properly. My rifle was wet and the mud seemed to get everywhere. But I passed all the tests which I was happy with, although I got absolutely soaked.
The next day we had the boxing finals and the whole Regiment went to the gym to watch those who had trained since arriving fight. It was a really good night and JS Lovelady from 14 Troop fought and won which was excellent. We all shouted encouragement whenever any of the C Squadron boys were fighting and they all did really well. The atmosphere was amazing. C Squadron won the overall Boxing Night. Nice to get one over on A and B Squadrons!
On Thursday we had the CO’s Competition. This involves various stages including a stretcher race, a run with an ammunition box, an observation stand, the assault course, a bayonet range and a 25m shoot at the end of it all! The whole event was exhausting and we had to work together as a Section throughout to complete the competition. Our Section finished 6th overall out of 12 and we were happy with our performance. During the prizegiving at the end of the competition I was promoted to Junior Lance Corporal which I was over the moon with. I just hope I do well in the role.
Before we knew it Friday arrived and we were packing, ready to go home. I was buzzing for a week of leave which I felt was well-earned. We now only have 7 weeks before we pass out from Phase 1 Training.