An introduction to the Light Machine Gun

Fusilier Stephen Johns writes once more from the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.

Fusilier Stephen Johns

Fusilier Stephen Johns

Week 8 for me here at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, started with a 4-mile loaded march. This was further and with more weight than before. It was difficult and some people struggled as they had been home over the weekend (and probably partied a bit too hard) but everyone finished.

We also had an overnight field test, examining at all the things we had learned over the first 3 exercises. It was a cold night but luckily it didn’t rain.

We had an introduction to the Light Machine Gun (LMG) this week. It was interesting to learn something new. Everyone is picking it up quickly and the lessons are moving along quickly. We’ve  had quite a few lessons this week as there’s a lot to learn

We also went to the indoor training range to learn to shoot out to 300m. At first it was quite difficult as it was the furthest we have shot to but after bit of practise we all improved and everyone passed.

We also had more signals lessons. We are learning how to talk over the radio and how to send and receive messages. We should get to use these on the next few exercises

We finished the week with a log race which my section won. We carried the log over about 3 miles. We had more Light Machine Gun lessons and a few lectures on the law of armed conflict and rules of engagement – everyone needs to learn these.