SuT Alastair Byrne

SuT Byrne

SuT Byrne

Soldier under Training (SuT) Alastair Byrne underwent Phase 1 Training at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright, at the end of 2010. He blogged each week about his experiences and his posts are presented here, in chronological order.

8 September 2010
Week 1: My hair has never been this short!
Soldier under Training (SuT) Alastair Byrne, a new recruit at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright writes about his first week of basic training in the British Army.
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27 September 2010
Week 2: My ironing has improved!
Soldier under Training (SuT) Alastair Byrne writes about his second week at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright, and  the importance of punctuality!
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4 October 2010
Week 3: Going up a gear
SuT Byrne writes about his third week of Phase 1 Training at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright. He writes about  a noticeably higher intensity of training…
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12 October 2010
Week 4: Still, it gave everyone else a good laugh…
SuT Byrne writes from the Army Training Centre about the fourth week of his Phase 1 Training. It’s been a week of lessons, physical training and making the rest of his troop laugh!
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18 October 2010
Week 5: We all stared at the normal things like shops, women and pubs…
SuT Byrne’s fifth week at the Army Training Centre Pirbright has resulted in his first look at the civilian world in a month and an “admin nightmare” caused by a missing pencil!
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2 November 2010
Week 6: The smoke and explosions ensured that I was up quickly
SuT Byrne writes about a busy week at the Army Training Centre Pirbright. His troop has been out on exercise.
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4 November 2010
Week 7: We thought a good first impression would do the trick. It didn’t.
SuT Byrne recalls a fretful time leading up to going home for the first occasion in seven weeks.
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15 November 2010
Week 8: Twigs, leaves, branches and mess tins all contributed to the noise
SuT Byrne writes about living in the field for Exercise HALF WAY.
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15 November 2010
Week 9: Once you’re covered in mud you don’t really worry about it again
SuT Byrne has been down in the mud, up on the high wires and inside the Respirator Test Facility…
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30 November 2010
Week 10: I slept all the way back to Pirbright
SuT Byrne has been in Wales for a week of Adventurous Training.
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30 November 2010
Week 11: Lane 3, Byrne – pass
SuT Byrne writes about taking – and passing – his Annual Combat Marksmanship Test.
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7 December 2010
Week 12: We could be leaving in 3 weeks!
Did SuT Byrne pass his personal fitness assessment?
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16 December 2010
Week 13: I have never been so exhausted in my life
SuT Byrne has completed the final outdoor exercise of Phase 1 Training, Exercise FINAL FLING, in very tough conditions…
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4 January 2011
Week 14: No more locker inspections
It’s all over for SuT Byrne – but how did the all-important Pass Off parade go?
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