Army Foundation College (new term)

#1
I’m starting at the army foundation college next week; I think there are about 800 of us joining on the same day. I have being told that 25% of people don’t make it past the first term.
Do you have any tips that will help in the first 6 weeks of training?
 
#2
gob shut,do as your told,best you can and more-you'll be okay.
Good luck,keep us up to snuff on how your doing etc warts an all!!
 
#3
Don't let it get you down.

It's only 6 weeks. it WILL get better.

Just remember the feeling you get on your pass off will be worth ALL of it.

Trust me.

Other than that, keep busy...bull your boots, tidy your locker, give your kit a quick press it will all help.
 
#4
You were given 2 ears and 1 mouth, so use them in that order.

Lots of newbies find homesickness a problem, try and keep yourself busy in any free time you get, don't mope around.

Remember the training staff have seen it all before and remember you are all in the same boat.


There is always plenty of advice to be found here.

Good luck and keep us all informed.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#5
Get in the gym in your free time not down town underage drinking. Keep fit, it'll make the PT a lot easier and who knows......enjoyable? Avoid the drink.....you're not old enough and it'll draw the wrong sort of attention to you. If you smoke, stop. If you don't, don't start. Don't get involved with drugs if you see or hear of them.

Avoid the loud mouths. Don't get involved in any unsavoury cultures.....i.e. giving the squad weakling a hard time. Try helping him , despite what the 'gang' think. If you think something is wrong, tell your training staff. It doesn't make you a grass, it just proves that you are morally courageous and that is a good thing for a soldier to be. Believe me. Be polite and well mannered and make sure that your kit is on the ball at all times, whether you are having an inspection or not. Take care of your personal hygeine. Don't sign for anything unless you can see it and when you do sign for it, make sure you know where it is at all times. Mark all of your kit with your Army Number. Keep your locker locked. Don't 'borrow' things. Don't borrow money and don't lend it.

Do as you are told, if you don't understand then ask and phone your Mum twice a week.

Above all, be professional. Remember that you are a soldier and act like a good one.
 
#6
Biscuits_AB said:
Get in the gym in your free time not down town underage drinking. Keep fit, it'll make the PT a lot easier and who knows......enjoyable? Avoid the drink.....you're not old enough and it'll draw the wrong sort of attention to you. If you smoke, stop. If you don't, don't start. Don't get involved with drugs if you see or hear of them.

Avoid the loud mouths. Don't get involved in any unsavoury cultures.....i.e. giving the squad weakling a hard time. Try helping him , despite what the 'gang' think. If you think something is wrong, tell your training staff. It doesn't make you a grass, it just proves that you are morally courageous and that is a good thing for a soldier to be. Believe me. Be polite and well mannered and make sure that your kit is on the ball at all times, whether you are having an inspection or not. Take care of your personal hygeine. Don't sign for anything unless you can see it and when you do sign for it, make sure you know where it is at all times. Mark all of your kit with your Army Number. Keep your locker locked. Don't 'borrow' things. Don't borrow money and don't lend it.

Do as you are told, if you don't understand then ask and phone your Mum twice a week.

Above all, be professional. Remember that you are a soldier and act like a good one.


possibly one of the best bits of advice i've heard given for a long time.
 
#8
As above. The first half term is designed to weed out any quitters and weak links. If you are a quitter you will quit, if not then well done and welcome to what should prove to be a damm good year (remebering my time in brats). At the end of it you will be fitter, keener and a hell of a lot brighter than your civvy mates (trust me, you will be shocked at the difference!). So go out and enjoy yourself and remeber, you are not doing anything different than your training staff have already done themselves, and in most cases they had it harder!
 
#9
What ever semi military training you may have had before training i.e. ACF, CCF, Scouts, Woman’s Institute etc means feck all. If you are being taught something that you already know or were once taught differently then keep your mouth shut. Your leaning it again, get over it. Also on locker inspection don’t forget to clean the soles of your boots.
 
#10
Perhaps we should get the MOD's to start another board were newbies and potential recruits can come for advice and information, as we seem to be giving the same info to each newbie every month.

This could be a good place for us all to leave good advice, a place for all the recruits to leave feedback and a way of us being kept up to date with their progression.

Just a thought.

Sparky
 
#11
Thanks for all the advice I have taken it all in and I hope it helps me when I get to Harrogate next week.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#12
Enjoy yourself and good luck. It's actually quite good fun when you get into the swing of things!
 
#13
remember to bring porn and turnup with dyed hair purples a good colour
 
#14
I'm starting next week as well. Cannot wait, there was like three other people going into my reg (PWRR) when I was swearing in...hopefully there will be a few more when I get there.
What reg you goin nfwebs?
 
#15
nfwebs said:
Thanks for all the advice I have taken it all in and I hope it helps me when I get to Harrogate next week.
I spent a year at Harrogate in the late 80's. I loved every minute of it. I will never be as fit as i was when i left. Take the excellent advice from biscuits, work hard and keep your mouth shut.

Your about to begin a love affair with a piece of geology called Burke Crag, you will enjoy many an early morning running up and down this local landmark. Enjoy yourself mate.

Boney
 
#16
AshG said:
I'm starting next week as well. Cannot wait, there was like three other people going into my reg (PWRR) when I was swearing in...hopefully there will be a few more when I get there.
What reg you goin nfwebs?
i'm going into the royal artillery
what corps are you joining>?
 
#17
Read my last post carefully. I'm going into the infantry, the few, the proud, the wet, muddy and underpaid :p
Queens division, Princess of wales royal regiment.
 
#19
Ahh Harrogate.

Treat yourself to the crag, the stinking farm en route to the crag that you ran through on recruits cross country, that sinking feeling as you board the transport in the boilerhouse carpark, pt until you are sick, oh and the crag again.



enjoy.
 
#20
mylittlepony said:
Ahh Harrogate.

Treat yourself to the crag, the stinking farm en route to the crag that you ran through on recruits cross country, that sinking feeling as you board the transport in the boilerhouse carpark, pt until you are sick, oh and the crag again.



enjoy.
CAN'T WAIT.........SHOULD BE FUN ;-0
 
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