Craftsman Freire – Reservist recruit from 103 Bn REME

Initial Training (six weekends):
Trained Soldier Course (Alpha) (TSC(AO))
Location: Army Training Unit( South), Brunswick Camp, Pirbright
Craftsman Garry Friere

Craftsman Garry Friere

Craftsman Garry Freire is an Army Reserve soldier from 103 Bn REME embarking on his Trained Soldier Course (Alpha) (TSC(AO)) at Army Training Unit (South), Pirbright. He has six weekends to complete this part of initial training. Cfn Freire is a Policeman in his civilian life.

Weekend 1

30 October 2013
Teaching old dogs new tricks; Journey of a Reservist recruit
We had to do our mile-and-a-half run and were introduced to the gymnasium and the Physical Training staff. I think all my fellow recruits would agree (Maybe with one 19-year-old, extremely fit exception) that PT strikes terror into the hearts and minds of most who tread the boards of those hallowed gyms. Read more

Weekend 2

18 November 2013
Teaching old dogs new tricks; Journey of a Reservist recruit
Weekend 2 began in earnest on Saturday morning with a palpable change in tempo. We were introduced to a new Corporal who was far more vociferous than our previous. He barked his orders at increasing decibels until we adhered to the given instructions! That said, his depth of knowledge of the course content over the weekend was most impressive. Read more

Weekend 3

9 December 2013
Teaching old dogs new tricks; Journey of a Reservist recruit
Whilst the weekends fit in better around my work commitments, they do require considerable self-motivation. After a long, and stressful, week at work it is very tempting to postpone a cold and demanding weekend away with the Army. However, it struck me that it is exactly at these times that you need to dig deep and show determination. Read more

Weekend 4

9 January 2014
Teaching old dogs new tricks; Journey of a Reservist recruit
Looking ahead we have a few weeks break now before Weekend 5. This isn’t quite the blessing it first appears. It will take considerable motivation to not over indulge during this festive time. Read more

Weekend 5

12 March 2014
Teaching old dogs new tricks; Journey of a Reservist recruit
This really is where the fun part of training begins. We were issued with several hundred rounds of blank ammunition which we happily disposed of in various scenarios. Sometimes storming as pairs, sometimes repelling as the enemy. Always good fun. It is physically demanding but really gives you a feeling that all the training is coming together and you are inching ever closer to becoming a real soldier. Read more

Weekend 6

19 March 2014
Teaching old dogs new tricks; Journey of a Reservist recruit
Weekend 6 began in the same vein as the previous 5, with a very early start on Saturday morning. Once the shock of waking up had passed, it was time for the day’s lessons. We were all quite apprehensive throughout the weekend as we knew that it was the final TAB on Sunday.  Read more

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