Discuss Infantry Platoon Commanders Battle Course in Officers on The Army Rumour Service; Hi guys!
Does anyone know how long the platoon cmdrs battle course is at Warminster? (I think!)
Cheers in advance guys
Its about three months, and its a great course...150 odd good blokes from the best arm in the army learning all about dealing cold death to the Queen's enemies. Don't listen to any pumpers who describe it as the 4th term of RMAS...they are the weak.
I agree, although it has now moved to Brecon. Some say that is good and others say it should have stayed at Warminster. Personally, I'll reserve judgement as I have input into both but we'll see! Still a good course though. All you yong fellas on it at the mo, unlucky, London is to far but I would definitely be getting amongst it in Cardiff whenever possible The chicks there rock!
It is 14 weeks long. If you are going to an AI unit expect a further 13 weeks. If you are not and want to develop your skills further after a bit of time in command find a gap in the unit programme and get your OC to send you to Brunei on the Jungle Leaders course. Just done it myself - you will not regret it.
No they shouldn't be "arssey" about kit, however, it will all depend on the DS involved and who the current Chief Instructor is.
When I was in Warminster my course was even given a few prototypes from the Trials and Development unit to play with and break - if possible. They weren't bothered about what you used with the exception of webbing rather than chest rigs et al.
For the record, as it used to really p**s me off, it's not the 4th Term at RMAS. The REMFs all used to say that - in my opinion - all DE Officers would benefit from doing it! In fact, I believe that's what the Germans used to do with their officers; i.e. train them as Infantry Platoon Commanders before they specialised.
Why did it move from Warminster to Brecon - money I'm sure is a factor but at least you do the final ex in Keenya now as well as having Sennybridge on your doorstep. Lucky!!!
PS, if webbing courses you back problems then I might suggest that:
1 You're in the wrong job
2 You should take the time to set it up correctly
is brecon as arsey about non issue kit as RMAS? jetpacks knack my back and webbing isn't much better. will they let you use daysacks and vests/rigs or does bullshit prevail?
As someone has already posted if webbing and jetsacks hurt your back you're in the wrong job I fear.
The reason that issue (PLCE) webbing & jetpacks are used on the ITC Wales courses is that as a commander (at all levels) you need to fully understand the capabilities of the equipment, and therefore the problems, if any that the soldeirs under your command have with it.
There is also the fact that issue webbing and daysacks can be exchanged in the field by the CQMS, the 'shop bought' Arktis etc cannot.
I suggest that if on PCBC your main worry is that 'bullshit' is making you wear issue equipment then you might want to think about your chosen vocation.