Back from ITC - Any Questions???

I am just back from ITC Catterick on Christmas leave having just finished week 12 so I was wondering if anybody had any questions about life at ITC?

I found this site invaluable before I started training so if I can help anybody then fire away...
Hi mate, im a little curious about life at basic training with time off and can you tell me how physically demanding the fitness sessions are?
You don't get any time off until you pass off the square at week 6. After that, lessons normally finish at 5 and the evenings should be used to get admin sorted. You do get a bit more free time though. As for weekends, you can go home after week 6, unless they are taken off you by your training staff.

As for PT, the whole thing is progressive. Personally I found the sessions very hard for the first few weeks and I used to dread them. Now I quite enjoy them and you can notice the difference in your fitness levels

Hope this helps
What do you do on weekends? All my family & friends are from Ireland so going back is kinda stupid, do most lads go home or go out & get p*ssed
Probably about 50% of the platoon goes home every weekend but everybody tends to go back the weekend after we get paid. That said, there are quite a few who stay in camp and go out in Darlington on the smash every weekend. You'll get to know people outside of your own platoon as well so there's no shortage of people to go out with if you can't go home
Hows it all sorted with sections and stuff? How many people turned up to ITC and how many people in a section? Also did u attend the 2 week catch up course before ITC started??
When you arrive at ITC you are allocated to a section. There are 4 sections in our platoon, but it could be 3 depending on the numbers. You share a room with your section so it's 12 blokes to a room. We started with 47 in the platoon and we've lost about 10 already, 2 from my section.

I didn't do the 2 week course before ITC so I can't really comment on that one
whats this 2 week catch up course i keep reading about? is it only at the ITC or is it at every ATR as i'll be going to pirbright.
hack87 said:
whats this 2 week catch up course i keep reading about? is it only at the ITC or is it at every ATR as i'll be going to pirbright.
I think he may be referring to the 3 week Physical Development Course - which to my knowledge is available at any ATR , feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.
so its fitness catch up sorta thing before you start ph1?
orite lads

so do you just get offered it or do you have to ask? Whats the accomidation like in Catterick? Did you gel easily with the rest of your section?
Again correct me if i'm wrong however i believe that you can request that you would like to be put on it, 9/10 if you dont do so well on your run etc...they will advise you to do it. - at least by the time everyone else arrives you'll be fit as a fudge packer!!
oh right so i could go the careers office and ask to put myself on 2 weel fitness course that will PT me until i bleed from my eyes balls ;-) lol
Im sure you could enquire about to your Careers Advisor. Haha , i dont think they'd appreciate it if you demanded to be place on the course :D
lol didnt mean it like that. would be a great start to a militray career demanding to be put on the course ha
MilitaryMind said:
What were there reasons for leaving ('lost')?
Most were for injuries that were picked up during the first week. How genuine (or serious) the injuries were is debatable. It seemed to be the lads that were struggling to adapt that got injured. One lad got transferred to the a different platoon and two other lads transferred to different regiments.

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