JS Bradnam

Junior Soldier (JS) Bradnam underwent Phase 1 (Junior Entry) Training at the Army Technical Foundation College, 2010-11. He blogged each week about his experiences and his posts are presented here, in chronological order.

Now in Phase 2 Training, his blog continues here.


23 November 2010
Shock of capture
Junior Soldier (JS) Bradnam blogs from the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester, about the first two weeks of his Phase 1 (Junior Entry) British Army Training.
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30 November 2010
Definitely soldiers in training
JS Bradnam writes about week 3 at the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester.
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7 December 2010
Rather toasty
JS Bradnam writes about completing Exercise FIRST STEP in the snow. So does the Army-issue thermal clothing and equipment work?
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16 December 2010
Of course, we just gave the others a token head start…
JS Bradnam blogs about a busy week of adventurous training. He’s been mountain biking, sailing, abseiling, rock climbing and joining in with a new record attempt…
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11 January 2011
The change step was creating a significant problem
JS Bradnam writes about the final week of training at the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester, before the Christmas break.
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11 January 2011
100% pass rate
JS Bradnam blogs here about the latest week of training which has included the much-feared Drill Test. How did they do?
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20 January 2011
A hell of a difference
JS Bradnam writes from the Army Technical Foundation College in Winchester about a busy week and sporting success!
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1 February 2011
Who wouldn’t be looking forward to blowing things up!
JS Bradnam writes about his eleventh week of training at the Army Technical Foundation College in Winchester.
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1 February 2011
Best shot in the troop
JS Bradnam writes about passing his Annual Combat Marksmanship Test (ACMT) with flying colours in his latest blog from the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester.
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9 February 2011
“You’re on stag”
It’s been a busy week for JS Bradnam at the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester. Fire and movement, a 5-mile run, more CS gas, a trip on a helicopter and an outdoor
exercise… it’s all here.
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3 March 2011
The best feeling I have had in my life so far
JS Bradnam writes about a Commanding Officer’s inspection, a trip to France and his first ever boxing match.
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23 March 2011
I will never eat crisps again
JS Bradnam’s latest blog covers recent developments in training, including the use of crisps as improvised candles…
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28 March 2011
Hands bruised from slapping the rifle!
JS Bradnam chronicles an exhausting week at the Army Technical Foundation College, Winchester, in his latest blog.
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19 April 2011
The BIG one
It’s the final blog from JS Bradnam in Winchester, covering the final exercise, passing out, and moving on to Phase 2. And looking back at all that he’s achieved.
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