KGVI is totally different from the AIs/SAA courses.
There is a recce day where you get a pyro demonstration and get to recce the trg area for your own exercise. Be imaginative and use the area. Don't limit yourselves to one side of it etc. The exercise day is physically demanding so be prepared for that.
You should read up on chapters 1 & 3 of PAM 21-C prior to arrival at Frimley.
I'll list kit we needed last week:
2 x pairs boots (one will get very dirty and probably wet)
Notepad (at least A5, preferable A4 ( a couple of students tried using their pocket notebooks - not good) Nirex Folder absolutely essential (A4 preferably (for Exercise Conducting Notes, Medical Risk Assessment, Main Events List etc)
Orders book (you don't give orders any more but will be required to receive a set of platoon orders from the RSM, extract the information you need and then write certain parts of a set for section orders which will be assessed).
Laptop and printer (there are a couple of computers and printers in the classrooms but as we did most of our paperwork in the library a laptop and printer proved invaluable) Goretex (if possible) Frimley don't issue waterproofs (Gaiters were useful and knee pads)
Belt kit if owned (Frimley can issue) Daysack (Joining instructions said they could be issued but there weren't any in stores...)
At least £75 cash (average mess bill for SSI with 2 photos was approx £45)
Insulated/travel mug for the exercise day (in between each ECO assessment, there isn't time to take a break so keeping a cup close by for a quick drink is essential (we were out on the Trg area from approx 0800-2300hrs with short breaks for container lunch (pie and chips) and range stew dinner).
I found that typing my conducting notes in a larger font (Arial 14) and double line spaced made it easier to read while conducting my own exercise. As you get more confident you can reduce the notes to bullet points but initially I would include everything just in case you have a brain fart and forget the safety rules for smoke grenades etc (my conducting notes ran to17 pages). Some who were more experienced that me only needed 3-4 pages but I would recommend typing everything because as we all know, being assessed makes things ten times harder to remember.
Apart from anything, this is an epic course and I'm so glad I did it. Been to Frimley 5 times now and this was the best! You will love it!
As I remember anything, I'll put it on here. Hope this helps anyone attending KGVI soon.
Done SAAI. Got the ALM this October. Must do the KGVI next year.
Frimley is a great training establishment. I would urge every CFAV to make use of it while we still can. Don't fear it.
But something that excellent will be fucked about with by somebody with an axe to grind sooner or later.
Already, they are letting in ATC people, most of whom are very good, but I don't trust their own CofC not to try and wreck it and try impose their empty, soulless, deadbeat attitude to what goes on there.