Best course you you ever went on?

Golf skills at Army School of PT or something at Bulford. Great course, Ex PT Corps WO1 ran it, had a sports shop near Sandhurst. Great bloke, helped me improve alot from fcukin rubbish to just rubbish.


A week of religious waffling at Bagshot park back in 81.
What an experience, staying in a stately home and treated like an Rupert for the week, and nothing to do but chat shite about religion :)
All Arms Drill Course (Regular) No 224 1982. 6 weeks spent, thanks to 4 border-line alcoholic Canajuns, in a Moose Milk controlled haze. Entered in the book for 'Show Face-Smile Removed'.
All-Arms Basic Storeman at Blackdown in '99. A course stuffed full of old sweats, wasters, lame ducks and waifs and strays. Made for a great social life and a week of moving sheets of paper from one tray to another certainly beat living on 10-man rat packs and digging trenches, which is what I would have been doing back in Germany. On the other hand, it did mean that I had to pretend to know what I was doing. For the next 7 years.


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Restraint and arrest instructors course ASPT, hurt at the time but helped in a few scrapes over the years. Good food, out everynight and we had cleaners.
Canoe Instructor - Kingussie 1979, Beer and Boats are a lethal mix.
Stanley Weir and Grantully, Surf Canoeing - the quickest way known for a man to get his hair wet.

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Orienteering Instructor/Organisor Course, Aldershit - Couldn't find the friggin venue, HeHe.
RAC Crew Commanders Course. Nov 1978 -Mar 1979. The best course ever. 1st phase ( gunnery) at Lulworth, then Xmas break at home, Bovington in January till the end of the course. I had my first ever overdraft, (running out of cash) fantastic course, fantastic social life. The only bad point was meeting my future ex wife. I ended up going for a posting on the provost staff at JLR RAC just to get back to see her. Worst decision of my military career. Put me well down the pecking order in regards to promotion to Sgt.


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Rat catchers paderborn 1988. Excellent course piss up. Finished drinking just before breakfast and went into the final exam.
Military. The Mapric course at Newbury? A week(??) of pub lunches, good dinners, drinks and a bit of map reading thrown in.

Civvy. Off road 4x4 driving. Spent the whole week driving up and down hills in Landies and quad bikes. Annoyed the snot out of the instructor, he kept saying "Drive through there and when you get stuck I'll show you how to winch yourselves out." Of course we used to approach the obstacles at full tilt and more often than not we got through.
A week of religious waffling at Bagshot park back in 81.
What an experience, staying in a stately home and treated like an Rupert for the week, and nothing to do but chat shite about religion :)
I did that course too - we had no option! - used to sneak down town each night through the open bay windows - Isn't it Prince Edwards & Sophie Pad now?

Another was a joint services Mountain leaders course in Tullouch near Spean Bridge Scotland
walking in the Hills all day while the lads in Germany were on Saltau.. :)
Couldn't agree more, with Gobbly Wobbly, mapric was a lovely course, pub lunches while 'in the field', did my course in October so the night phase was finished by 21:30hrs, weekend off and on the lash, and I passed.
The one right at the end, the pre-release course that I did in the Shot.
Combat Survival Instructors' Course. Was volunteered by my OC, after being the only one not to get caught on a unit E&E exercise, and didn't particularly want to go. However, from the off, we were treated like proper adults. No pressure, no patronising and no ironing. Loved every minute of it. Learned an absolute stack of stuff and figured a whole lot more, including that I would never be good enough to get into SF.
German Linguist course at Mulheim, getting sent out to fill a German questionnaire in the middle of the Koln Carnival Bierfest never did fill it in

Resettlement :-D

Seriously though; LRRPS course, Weingarten.

ConSig course, Bovi - one long pissup and plenty of WRACs to shag :-D
2 of them:
1. BIII/BII Regimental Signals course in Jan 81. Learnt a lot about Larkspur & Clansman HF sets, plus a lot of physics I thought I was crap at in school - I was surprised to find that it all fitted into place when I was taught it again. Plus I shagged a Gwar for 4 of the 6 weeks.
2. Unit First Aid Instructor's course, Oct 83. Enjoyed it hugely, & must have learned something because I'm still teaching the subject 28 yrs later!

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