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Average day in basic?

#1
Hello,
I know this is a bit of a stupid question but what is an 'normal' day during basic training?
I understand fittness is a big part of training but I wanted to know what recruit are do through out the day?

Cheers
 
#4
The first week is all about lulling you into a false sense of security while you fill out forms, get injections, get issued your clothing and G10 etc. It's probably all a bit of a laugh - there's no pressure as the DS don't really make you march as you can't do any drill or anything.

All of a sudden the drill, PT and inspections flood in like the tide and the evenings become a race against time to complete 10 hours worth of cleaning in 4 hours. The blokes in the platoon that started out being jokers are now just jack bar stewards, and a long-standing war with other rooms/sections over cleaning materials or what colour PT shirt to wear begins and starts bitter feuds that will not end until SCBC in the year 2020.

And yea, the sadistic DS will punish the platoon as a unit for the transgressions of the few and weak - not cleaning a bin correctly, or having the most minute of train-tracks on a pair of trousers. Change-parades, drinking-parades, drilling like a tw@t - and all sorts of nasty things that you never thought would be used to beast you become features of daily life.

And guess what? You haven't even started the exercises or NBC yet. Exercises are euphemisms for sleep-deprivation and more beasting. NBC is where you learn that the basis of UK military individual defence against deadly nerve agents consists of wearing heavy clothes and rubbing cat litter on your face.

It's not all bad, though - after you've done the drill test and APWT, all the sick, lame and lazy will have gone, or been back-squadded. You'll be able to do 4 hours cleaning in just 2 and probably have started going to the NAAFI again. It's almost enjoyable, just as you are about to pass-out, and it's possible the DS might treat you like animals (rather than bacteria) for the last week or so.
 
#6
Cretin said:
Change-parades, drinking-parades, drilling like a tw@t - and all sorts of nasty things that you never thought would be used to beast you become features of daily life.
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yep, all that & more. change parades we know. for the un-informed. you will be told to parade on the drill square at 1300 (or when ever) in one form of dress. now the drill square is at the opposite end of the camp to your accommodation block, which you think is a useless point at the moment.
you turn up like good recruits on military time - i.e 10 mins before. you get an inspection of the kit you are wearing. then at 1310, they tell you to parade back here at 1315 in a compleatly different form of kit -exit your intake stage left all running back to the block like headless chickens, undressing & dressing on route!
of course you will not make the time & will be late. for this you will get beasted & given a even shorter stupid time because of it to make the next parade, in the next form of dress the DS desire.
you could go from barrack dress, to cs95, to no.2's / no.1's depending on service, full combat order-the list is endless. this could go on all afternoon or until the DS get bored-expect to get beasted inbetween dress catagories.

drinking parades? are these the DS saying all the intake will meet in the naafi at certain time & drink beer? or something a bit more unpleasent that the DS can make your life misrable with that I know as a different name?
 
#7
Drinking Parades were a novel kind of beasting disguised as welfare. During summer basic training, following a particularly poor performance on the hills, or whatever, the whole troop paraded in the ablutions. The DS would order that every sink would be plugged and filled up to the brim. Then, the troop would queue up with hands behind backs and drink the sinks dry. Queue lots of spewing and general discomfort.

One bonus was the wet T-shirt effects if you had female recruits.
 
#11
Also if you are unhappy or have any thought's on how the day to day running of the Platoon training programme could be altered,then don't be afraid to approach your section Cpl and put your view's and opinion's forward,these guy's love fresh idea's and are alway's willing to listen...
 
#12
Cretin said:
Drinking Parades were a novel kind of beasting disguised as welfare. During summer basic training, following a particularly poor performance on the hills, or whatever, the whole troop paraded in the ablutions. The DS would order that every sink would be plugged and filled up to the brim. Then, the troop would queue up with hands behind backs and drink the sinks dry. Queue lots of spewing and general discomfort.

One bonus was the wet T-shirt effects if you had female recruits.
have to agrea with sprjim here. first we have the H&S issue of ingesting batteria from the sinks people are washing in. then image what the news papers would say about this if they got to hear!
though yes, I am in the modern RAF, that is rather pink n fluffy now compared to years gone by by all accounts.
On everything other than ops, H&S & being PC are of the upmost importance in the RAF these days. probably true or getting that way for the other Services too.

wet t-shirt effects on the bird recruits could be cool thou! :D
 
#13
backblast said:
Also if you are unhappy or have any thought's on how the day to day running of the Platoon training programme could be altered,then don't be afraid to approach your section Cpl and put your view's and opinion's forward,these guy's love fresh idea's and are alway's willing to listen...
:D
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#14
Of course, the other drinking parade is where the NCOs supervise the recruits drinking a bottle or black fist of Water on a regular basis to prevent dehydration and heat injuries.

But that would not sound so scary, would it! :D
 
#16
Im starting at catterick soon and got this with my joining instructions.
Its a rather in detail outline of every day.

0600- Reveille (Get oot' a bed ye bastids!!)
0600-0630- Wash,shave and get dressed for first parade
0630-0715- Breakfast
0630-0730- Finish platoon room jobs
0700- Sick parade
0715-0745- Clean platoon areas
0800-0815- Platoon sergeants inspection
0830-1230- Platoon training programme
1230-1400- Lunch
1400-1700- Platoon training programme
1700-1800- Evening meal
1800-2130- Platoon administration under platoon staff
2130-2300- Recruits personal administration
2300-0600- Lights out

Hopefully this can be used next time someone asks this question.
I may well of just posted something usefull :eek:


Edit - i also have the full timetable for the 24 week CIC and some other usefull stuff i wish i had been given sooner. Answered alot of questions, please feel free to give my life purpose and PM me if you need anything else :)
 
#17
Bradshaw:

I wish you the best of luck, I really do - therefore allow me to offer you the following advice:

1. Abandon the internet now, and concentrate your mind on passing-out.

2. Keep your mouth shut wherever possible.

3. "0800-0815 PS inspection". Spend as much as you can afford on a steel-base plated steam jet iron. There are several Rowenta ones on pp1152 of the Argos catalogue. £60 will seem very cheap when you see kit sailing out of lockers.
 

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