Here’s another update from Fusilier Stephen Johns at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick. He recalls week 12 of phase 1 training and a further step towards passing out.
Week 12 for me started with the phase 1 output test. This is a 6-mile loaded march carrying 20kg followed by RMT (Representative Military Tasks). I didn’t take part in this as I was still injured at the time – so I am doing it at the end of next week.
Thanks to all the effort everyone has put in and the efforts of the PTIs and platoon staff over last few weeks everyone passed so we only have the ACMT and Tactical Exercise 1 to pass to complete phase 1.
The rest of the week has mainly been spent at the ranges doing practise shoots for the Annual Combat Marksmanship Test which was run on Thursday. Again, thanks to the platoon staff and their high standard of teaching, everyone passed despite being nervous on the day.
On Friday we went back to the ranges to practise the shoots that the platoon had scored the least on. We also did our weapon handling test for the light machine gun and I was one of the people that passed first time.
Next week we have Tactical Exercise 1 to look forward to, which is a 3 day 2 night exercise.