apologies for bringing this up, but i searched the forums and didnt really find anything like this. im not artillery and am hoping to do the STA course at some point. iv phoned and spoken to the battery HQ which answered most of my questions. i asked about phys standards and all he said was the pass in standards of pft/cft/mst/bleep test. the DIN advises to turn up boot fit and able to load carry and be of above average fitness. now, what exactly does that mean? obviously its long patrols, so hill fitness is important i would imagine. i do a fair bit of tabbing and speed marching, and can do ACFT 2 (the 1.5 miler) with a 68lb bergan but no weapon in about 14:30, and do 6 miles + speed marches carrying 35lb bergan at a similar pace to that of p company tests. training on my own means i cant train with a weapon (they got all arrsy last time i did ), and i dont get loads of time to get up to brecon or similar to really hit the hills. guys who have done the course, any tips on what i should be working on? also, aside from nav, what else would be useful to revise in terms of mil skills?