25 May 2011
We sleep with our weapons inside our sleeping bags
SuT Donna Jones writes about her experiences of the second of six weekends that make up the first part of her Phase 1 Training.
17 May 2011
I did wonder whether I was too old for all this…
Soldier under Training (SuT) Donna Jones is a Territorial Army (TA) soldier training to be a Vehicle Mechanic with 119 Recovery Company, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). She is currently undergoing Phase 1 Training, which for TA soldiers involves two courses. The first of these takes place over 6 weekends and is known as “Trained Soldier Course (Alpha)”. In civilian life SuT Jones is a hairdresser and beauty therapist – what does she make of training becoming a soldier? Here are her recollections of the course’s first weekend…