Soldier under Training (SuT) Jamie Davies 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: Just keep going!
SuT Davies, a new recruit at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright writes about his first week of basic training in the British Army.
28 September 2010
Week 2; I hope I’m a good shot…
SuT Davies blogs from the Army Training Centre, Pirbright, about the second week of his Phase 1 training.
4 October 2010
Week 3: You won’t get shouted at… much!
SuT Davies blogs again from the Army Training Centre, Pirbright. He writes about sustaining an injury during training and his nerves ahead of a weapons handling test.
12 October 2010
Week 4: I can feel myself getting physically fitter
SuT Davies writes about his fourth week of Phase 1 training at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright. He’s had his Weapons Handling Test, live firing on the ranges – and more blisters…
18 October 2010
Week 5: Sleepy, but fulfilled
In his latest blog, SuT Davies relates a busy fifth week which has included fittings for uniform, more intense physical training and an overnight exercise resulting in a “stand to” at 2.30am!
2 November 2010
Week 6: To be honest, we were all over the place
SuT Davies blogs again from ATC Pirbright, this time about a less than satisfactory drill test!
4 November 2010
Week 7: He was watching our every move
Did SuT Davies pass his drill test?
10 November 2010
Week 8: Straight back into the deep end
SuT Davies is back at ATC Pirbright and in his latest blog writes about going on Exercise HALFWAY.
15 November 2010
Week 9: At the double, advance!
SuT Davies writes once more, about the latest week of his Phase 1 training at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright.
23 November 2010
Week 10: Soldier Development Week
SuT Davies blogs about a week of adventurous training in Wales in which he’s been hillwalking, caving and canoeing.
30 November 2010
Week 11: Testing times
SuT Davies reports on his latest experiences of training. It’s been a week of tests.
7 December 2010
Week 12: Name, rank and number
SuT Davies covers his latest week at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright. Amongst other things it’s included throwing grenades, a 6-mile loaded march, learning to play volleyball, and more exposure to CS gas.
16 December 2010
Week 13: SuT Davies’s FINAL FLING
SuT Davies looks back at Exercise FINAL FLING – the final exercise of his Phase 1 Training.
4 January 2011
Week 14: The best 14 weeks of my life
SuT Davies writes about the final week of Phase 1 Training at ATC Pirbright.