AFC????

#21
tramp_on_chips said:
Is AFC Harrogate not just the new combined version of the old ATFC (Princess Marina) in Arborfield and the AFC in Harrogate?
Has it changed now in the sense that it is in fact a college and not a Basic Training establishment that CMS(R) is taught?
I did seven months at AFC(H) and the CMS(R) is definitely taught there. It is just the Phase 1 Basic Training course spread out over 42 weeks. It is designed for younger school leavers, as it involves not only the military training but also adventurous training and as you only with people that are your age, the ability to make friends that you will have a for a long time.
After the first 6 weeks you pass in and receive your Regimental Headdress, and by then you have been there long enough to know what you are doing.
You do NVQs in Communication Skills and Application of Number, which is basically English and Maths, and also IT. You will also complete you ECDL while you are there, as I believe it is needed to become a Sergeant (I might be wrong there...).
 
#22
dk.baxter said:
tramp_on_chips said:
Is AFC Harrogate not just the new combined version of the old ATFC (Princess Marina) in Arborfield and the AFC in Harrogate?
Has it changed now in the sense that it is in fact a college and not a Basic Training establishment that CMS(R) is taught?
I did seven months at AFC(H) and the CMS(R) is definitely taught there. It is just the Phase 1 Basic Training course spread out over 42 weeks. It is designed for younger school leavers, as it involves not only the military training but also adventurous training and as you only with people that are your age, the ability to make friends that you will have a for a long time.
After the first 6 weeks you pass in and receive your Regimental Headdress, and by then you have been there long enough to know what you are doing.
You do NVQs in Communication Skills and Application of Number, which is basically English and Maths, and also IT. You will also complete you ECDL while you are there, as I believe it is needed to become a Sergeant (I might be wrong there...).
Spot on.

Ive visited it four times as a recruiter and also as a parent as my sons due to pass out in August. Extremely good place with lots of learning potential and facilities and at an easier stride of 42 working weeks (year) than 14 weeks adult training. As a para you will go up to do 10 to 14 weeks at ITC Catterick to do your infantry side. Nip into your ACIO and ask if they have the AFC DVD for you and your parents to watch, its a good insight.

Good luck
 
#23
take no notice to abuse mate, at the end of the day you werent writing an essay this is simply a forum. i have no point on this as i went to pirbright, just good luck if you go for it and never give up.
 
#24
Just an insight, properly to late now but there is a TV program just started about the AFC.
(I started as a Boy Solider in 1969 and left the Royal Engineers in 1993.)
 
#25
Watching the new TV show on the AFC I noticed that at least one was wearing a Blue backing to the cap badge.
Can anyone tell me if there are different backings for the various intakes, terms, company's, etc??
 

JNM

Old-Salt
#26
Watching the new TV show on the AFC I noticed that at least one was wearing a Blue backing to the cap badge.
Can anyone tell me if there are different backings for the various intakes, terms, company's, etc??
The first season had all green backings so I’m guessing it’s what company they’re from.
 
#27
Using a AFC rank chart I believe that the following maybe correct for AFC badge backings:-
Peninsula Coy - Red
Alamein Coy - Blue
Burma Coy - Green
Waterloo Coy - Lt Blue
These are all 42/45 week long course's.

There is also a 5th Coy I believe:-
Cambrei - Black backing??
Which is a shorter length of 22 weeks.
Can a member confirm if this is correct please? Both Company & backing.
I can source the red, blue & green backings but where can I get Lt Blue & Black one's?
Thank you
Jerry
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#28
That is what 30 years of comprehensive education has done for the country's children. What frightens me is that after ten years of "education, education and education" it appears to be getting worse with an increased number of primary school children (and these are "Blair's children") failing to pass the basic literacy tests. But it doesn't matter, does it, because those at the top can afford to send their children to private schools, or can use their influence/buying power to send their children to the better State schools? Tony Blair and Harriet Harman spring to mind. :twisted:

Sorry, rant off.

Litotes
Actually the comprehensive system advocated streaming but was massively dumbed down in the 1990's. Streaming was bad for the little darlings and they were unfairly affected by it, sod them.
AFC if its anything minutely resembling the old Junior Leaders units is brilliant. Yes it does seem more academically led now but to get 42 weeks free Fe with food, accom, adventure training and the chance to train as a soldier is a fantastic opportunity.
If I had my time again etc.
The AFC will teach you many things, not just how to communicate without winding up your cohorts but also self reliance, discipline and pride in yourself and later your unit!

Dont go in the big man, the best way to learn is to accept what you are told, question when appropriate and form and develop your own opinions and styles as you mature.
 
#29
As the original post here was over a decade ago it might be a bit late to wish the OP luck, or give them advice ;)
 
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