Best TA Infantry Courses

#1
I've had a quick search and can't see any other thread of this nature, but apologies if it has been done before.

Post CIC, what courses would you recommend to private soldiers in Infantry Bn's?
 
#2
StabOfFire said:
I've had a quick search and can't see any other thread of this nature, but apologies if it has been done before.

Post CIC, what courses would you recommend to private soldiers in Infantry Bn's?
I find that asking about the AACC, sharpshooter/ sniper and FAC course always gets lots of helpful reponses :wink:
 
#3
oldcolt said:
StabOfFire said:
I've had a quick search and can't see any other thread of this nature, but apologies if it has been done before.

Post CIC, what courses would you recommend to private soldiers in Infantry Bn's?
I find that asking about the AACC, sharpshooter/ sniper and FAC course always gets lots of helpful reponses :wink:
yeah and SF selection...

Anyway - proper answer... depends what platoon you go into really. A lot of my friends went down the Assault Pioneer route which looked good fun, other guys did SF Plt (GPMG, not the other type of SF) which also looked like a good crack!
 
#4
Surely courses are limited to your unit's role. If you're in a mortar plt then a mortar course, guns/sf plt then heavy guns cadre, etc. Then there's always PJNCO cadre or PTI course?

May be wrong but I don't think it's a case of take what course you want. In the immortal words of MSR "Speak to your PSI"

TBM
 
#5
I'm sure I can seek out what courses are relevant from my PSI. But I just wanted to know what people have enjoyed first hand and would recommend.
 
#6
Sensible (ish) answer is to look on your units website on Army-Net and see what roles your unit is looking to fulfil around the Battalion. In mine we have everything from Assault Pioneer (which is one of the reasons I asked about this before on here :roll: ) to GPMG SF and influence Ops. That being said, if you have done CiC you will know that 'they' are rather keen on recruits at the moment from the after-course lecture they give. If you really want a challenge, go for that.

Good luck :)
 
#7
StabOfFire said:
I'm sure I can seek out what courses are relevant from my PSI. But I just wanted to know what people have enjoyed first hand and would recommend.
PM on the way.
 

The_Duke

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#11
Your first port of call is the Defence Instructional Techniques course. This will allow you conduct a lesson properly and underpins many of the other courses which you may do later. It is only 2 weekends, and hardly rivetting, but essential.

After that, PJNCO once you are deemed ready/suitable by your chain of command, and then courses specific to your role. You should then reinforce the skills by attending a few Bn camps.

The problem with "course hunting" ie doing a course not related to your role is that you end up with delusions of adequacy. A 2 week sharpshooter course does not make you a sniper, and what skills you may have learnt on it will fade away fast if you do not practice them often.
 
#12
oldcolt said:
StabOfFire said:
I've had a quick search and can't see any other thread of this nature, but apologies if it has been done before.

Post CIC, what courses would you recommend to private soldiers in Infantry Bn's?
I find that asking about the AACC, sharpshooter/ sniper and FAC course always gets lots of helpful reponses :wink:
The words you are looking for are "appropriate responses".
 
#13
Bravo_Bravo said:
oldcolt said:
StabOfFire said:
I've had a quick search and can't see any other thread of this nature, but apologies if it has been done before.

Post CIC, what courses would you recommend to private soldiers in Infantry Bn's?
I find that asking about the AACC, sharpshooter/ sniper and FAC course always gets lots of helpful reponses :wink:
The words you are looking for are "appropriate responses".
:oops: :D
 
#14
Its gonna be role plt,battalion specific courses if you ve only just passed through Catterick ie as mortars if in mortar plt you wont get to go on DIT and PJNCO stuff yet you need to be in a bit longer then it will start going to other courses dont forget your battalion has to justify you going on a course ie role,lack of such trained pax etc etc.
 

The_Duke

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#16
Detective_Dewar_Cooler said:
Javelin's a good course. More interesting than mortars or SF surely.
Oh yes. :roll:

One is a course which will lead you to a life of simulation and dry firing, with the very limited possibility of being able to fire a missile if you deploy on operations in role as a Javelin operator.

The other two will allow you to conduct regular live fire practices in the UK and make you very, very employable on ops.
 
#17
Surprised no one has mentioned the underwater unarmed fighting course.
 
#18
I have to say the best course I went was the Potential NCO's carde - really hard (out of 45 1 passed and 9 of us were delayed passes) but learnt a lot about myself and gained some great experiences. Junior Brecon was another great course, especially the 2nd week in the FIBUA village, but learnt more on the PNCO course.

Heard the PTI carde was another great course but always seemed full up everytime I put my name down and I think you need a stripe to get on it.

The pioneer course is another but you have to join the pioneer platoon for that so you may need to add weight around your belly before you put your name down!!

How about recce?
 
#19
GoodIdeaAtTheTime said:
Surprised no one has mentioned the underwater unarmed fighting course.
Because it's crap. The armed one is soooo much better.
 
#20
GoodIdeaAtTheTime said:
Surprised no one has mentioned the underwater unarmed fighting course.
Fcuking Walt - it's the Underwater KNIFE-FIGHTING Course! :wink:
 

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