Bassingbourn in September.

#3
Well I'll probably see him. Whats it like the place living conditions, the camp and the overall training. Is it a lot harder than Harrogate. :D looking forward to getting my balls busted :D
 
#6
Oooh the fullscrew is RE as well, he's going to have you. The place is an old RAF camp, and the accomadation is 12 man rooms, but are diveded into 3 sections of 4, so it's a little better than the 'bad lads army' style.

The training is progressive, not hard, but alot of bullshit like Bracing up to NCO's, marching everywhere, calling your corporals 'corporal', instead of there name. All of these points are completely useless and won't happen at your unit.

I think it's now 22 weeks so it's going to horrible for you, but after a few weeks you adapt to the lifestyle so it is bareable.
 
#7
Can't wait :D the quicker my training is done the better. I went through that stuff it the ADSC so it will just be the same really only for 22 weeks.
 
#8
Isn't that where they filmed Full Metal Jacket and left that luvverly assault course !!!!
 
#10
Nightrained said:
All of these points are completely useless and won't happen at your unit.
Aren't those 'useless points' what is known as instilling military discipline?

I thought basic was now 14 weeks? When did 22 come in?

saintstone said:
Isn't that where they filmed Full Metal Jacket and left that luvverly assault course !!!!
FMJ assault course isn't used, and hasn't been for a long time (I did my Basic there in 98 and it hadn't been used for a long time then).
 
#11
the 22 week course is junior training. I did 17 in 2004.

The place is ok. The gym is a big hanger and the mile and a half is round the airfield (the most soul destroying thing on a hot day when theres that huge long straight on the runway)

Accom. isnt bad really. it couldve been alot worse and the naafi and sally army bits are good (if you're allowed the privelidge of using them) Jus stick in, keep your mouth shut an good luck.
 

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#12
Bassingbourne - loverly place it is too! More so when you are doing the rounds of the fence around the airfield.

Happiest days of my life watching lads trying to kick their way out of the CS shed!
 
#13
Nightrained said:
The training is progressive, not hard, but alot of bullshit like Bracing up to NCO's, marching everywhere, calling your corporals 'corporal', instead of there name. All of these points are completely useless and won't happen at your unit.
Bullshit is it? Why should you not call someone by their rank? Marching is there for a reason. Yes there's stuff you do which you won't do in a working unit but its the basis of your Army training.
 
#14
Nightrained said:
The training is progressive, not hard, but alot of bullshit like Bracing up to NCO's, marching everywhere, calling your corporals 'corporal', instead of there name. All of these points are completely useless and won't happen at your unit.
So when said new trainee finally gets to a working unit he isn't likely to pay much attention to respect for rank if they are getting advice such as above. Therefore when they get to the working unit with this attitude do not complain about Gobby sprogs
 
#15
Spent a while at Bassingbourne, which if I remember rightly; is near Cambridge (I lived in Peterborough). Found the place, the staff, and the recruits all good. Found the catering, erm shall we say : "problematic".

The ACC done things a lot different. And they did them willingly.

Your new "Chefs" don'tmix with the customers (half the battle). It's not just a job, feeding, and working with those guys, it's a vocation. Why not be remembered by the trainees, and personalities, and try to make a difference?

I remember a weightily challenged "chef" getting upset in Bassingbourne, when he was asked for a tea urn - for the lads on the cold, wet Ranges. Arse, boot , bang bang. In my day....

No offence or prejudice intended.
 
#16
aye i remember the food was **** but at the end of the day in basics u eat it cos like everythin else ur told to.

the only way is up tho!!!
 

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#18
Biped said:
Bassingbourne - loverly place it is too! More so when you are doing the rounds of the fence around the airfield.

Happiest days of my life watching lads trying to kick their way out of the CS shed!
Still a good way to pass a sunny afternoon. Nothing like a drop of cs for clearing the sinus.

for the poster who is coming here, it's a decent place, staff are professional and competent, the camp is agieng but coping, and the location is ok. September is a good time, the tress make it an attractive place. Now gota 'Costa coffee' shop, so take a bank loan out.
Show respect to the staff and your life will be made a lot easier.Look forward to the pass off, it's a very good day.
 
#19
mate ill see you there ... ive pm'ed you
 
#20
jimmys_best_mate said:
Nightrained said:
All of these points are completely useless and won't happen at your unit.
Aren't those 'useless points' what is known as instilling military discipline?

I thought basic was now 14 weeks? When did 22 come in?

saintstone said:
Isn't that where they filmed Full Metal Jacket and left that luvverly assault course !!!!
FMJ assault course isn't used, and hasn't been for a long time (I did my Basic there in 98 and it hadn't been used for a long time then).
Yes the 22 weeks is the Army Developement Course (ADC) which is for Junior Entry (JE) mainly for RLC and for those entrants who didnt want to go to do 42 weeks at AFC Harrogate.

Adult entry is 14 weeks still at Bassingbourn since it went up from 12 weeks last year.


Agree with you aswell that by the time a lot of new lads get to their first unit they have lost quite a lot of discipline after phase 2 training. Im forever having to inspect new lads on show/work parades who over step themark and getting AGAI action. Long gone the interview with out coffee and get on with it which seem to work well.
 

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