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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!