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Blandford Internet

#4
There is one, although the range is only about 16 feet from the WRVS.

You can't get it in the back row of blocks (the row along the gym road), don't know about the front row (Matafar etc), the Pig Pen or the new blocks where Castle Greyskull used to be.
 
#7
CAARPS said:
Closet_Jibber said:
Isn't Blandford a training establishment?
Yes and…………









Awaits the old, f*cking disgrace, in my day etc comments
Well yeah pretty much what you have already guessed.

Far be it from me to suggest that during a time of recession when recruiting is at an all time high and we could afford to be fussy that training should be made harder instead of easier in order to retain the best and brightest.

Sign of the changing times I suppose!
 
#8
Closet_Jibber said:
Well yeah pretty much what you have already guessed.

Far be it from me to suggest that during a time of recession when recruiting is at an all time high and we could afford to be fussy that training should be made harder instead of easier in order to retain the best and brightest.

Sign of the changing times I suppose!
What does having internet access at night have to do with the difficulty (or not) of Royal Signals trade courses?

If it was basic then I'd agree, but why not in a trade training establishment? Especially considering it's not just the sprogs that have access to it...
 
#9
Closet_Jibber said:
CAARPS said:
Closet_Jibber said:
Isn't Blandford a training establishment?
Yes and…………
Awaits the old, f*cking disgrace, in my day etc comments
Well yeah pretty much what you have already guessed.

Far be it from me to suggest that during a time of recession when recruiting is at an all time high and we could afford to be fussy that training should be made harder instead of easier in order to retain the best and brightest.

Sign of the changing times I suppose!
I know all those pampared soldiers that we keep sending out on Ops are really soft as sh*t

They certainly wouldn’t be capable of defending BAOR like the good old ‘it was much harder in my day ‘ Brigade :wink:
 
#10
CAARPS said:
Closet_Jibber said:
CAARPS said:
Closet_Jibber said:
Isn't Blandford a training establishment?
Yes and…………
Awaits the old, f*cking disgrace, in my day etc comments
Well yeah pretty much what you have already guessed.

Far be it from me to suggest that during a time of recession when recruiting is at an all time high and we could afford to be fussy that training should be made harder instead of easier in order to retain the best and brightest.

Sign of the changing times I suppose!
I know all those pampared soldiers that we keep sending out on Ops are really soft as sh*t

They certainly wouldn’t be capable of defending BAOR like the good old ‘it was much harder in my day ‘ Brigade :wink:
Aye, getting shitfaced in the freezing cold waiting patiently for the 3rd shock. It was proper hardcore.
 
#11
Closet_Jibber said:
Far be it from me to suggest that during a time of recession when recruiting is at an all time high and we could afford to be fussy that training should be made harder instead of easier in order to retain the best and brightest.

Sign of the changing times I suppose!
You sir are a f*cking arse. We are a technical corps - isn't it useful to allow our trainees to become acquainted with technology at some point? Some of them are at Blandford for a year and this allows them access to stuff like ArmyNET, it allows them to keep in touch easily with families back home and it allows them the ability to revise stuff using modern methods. These lads and lasses work hard and then get royally thrashed on ops - who the hell are you to say what constitutes "hard" training. There is a difference between "challenging" conditions and simply not letting people have modern stuff because you think they should be climbing in ditches with 303 rifles.

Presumably you're on the government's cyberwarfare working group...
 
#12
I tell you what, I did my technical training in the raf and I'd have killed for internet access back then. These days the web is my first port of call for any info, back then been able to Google "magnetron" or "travelling wave tube" instead of having to wade through mountains of manuals would have been an absolute godsend. Of course it would have also meant more quality wanking time or zit squeezing time as well but those are the knocks sir !
 
#13
PoisonDwarf said:
Closet_Jibber said:
Far be it from me to suggest that during a time of recession when recruiting is at an all time high and we could afford to be fussy that training should be made harder instead of easier in order to retain the best and brightest.

Sign of the changing times I suppose!
You sir are a f*cking arse. We are a technical corps - isn't it useful to allow our trainees to become acquainted with technology at some point? Some of them are at Blandford for a year and this allows them access to stuff like ArmyNET, it allows them to keep in touch easily with families back home and it allows them the ability to revise stuff using modern methods. These lads and lasses work hard and then get royally thrashed on ops - who the hell are you to say what constitutes "hard" training. There is a difference between "challenging" conditions and simply not letting people have modern stuff because you think they should be climbing in ditches with 303 rifles.

Presumably you're on the government's cyberwarfare working group...
No I just have this old fashioned idea that training establishments should be crammed full of learning. If you have got time to update your facebook status you have got time to be learning something else or sleeping as you're going to be getting thrashed in the morning (Like that still happens).

Not a Cold War Warrior. Just wondering where will the line get drawn. How long before such establishments are technical colleges that you attend 9 - 5.
 
#16
Closet_Jibber said:
No I just have this old fashioned idea that training establishments should be crammed full of learning. If you have got time to update your facebook status you have got time to be learning something else or sleeping as you're going to be getting thrashed in the morning (Like that still happens).
Strangely enough the internet and modern technology can be used for things other than Pornotube. Apparently. We are actually trying to break down some boundaries these days by exploiting modern tools to achieve modern ends. OK - people will download filth from time to time, but you need to think about the positive opportunities not just dismiss it as modern, pink'n'fluffy rubbish,

For example check out http://www.silobreaker.com/royal-navy-to-issue-sailors-with-psps-psp-5_2262773590417997864 - PSPs used to deliver marine engineering training and http://www.airforce-technology.com/contractors/training/horizon-training - Blandford now established with "academy" status with Microsoft and Cisco, which allows guys to not only continue their technical development but also gain access to technical forums, continue their professional development etc.

Having recently left Blandford I know that there are a whole bunch of drivers for internet access and I also know the headsheds knew exactly what the aim was. Only a small part was for welfare purposes. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages and you need to not only trust the permanent staff there but also invest in your people.

If, 24 months from now, we get news back from Afghanistan that signallers can't cut the mustard, because they were given access to the internet in phase 2 trg, then I'll take it all back and apologise profusely. But I don't think that is going to happen. Our boys and girls are as good now - when the excrement hits the rotary cooling device - as they have ever been.

Shame the system lets them down so often and lets civvy companies determine the pace of progress, but that's a different thread.
 
#17
Closet_Jibber said:
PoisonDwarf said:
Closet_Jibber said:
Far be it from me to suggest that during a time of recession when recruiting is at an all time high and we could afford to be fussy that training should be made harder instead of easier in order to retain the best and brightest.

Sign of the changing times I suppose!
You sir are a f*cking arse. We are a technical corps - isn't it useful to allow our trainees to become acquainted with technology at some point? Some of them are at Blandford for a year and this allows them access to stuff like ArmyNET, it allows them to keep in touch easily with families back home and it allows them the ability to revise stuff using modern methods. These lads and lasses work hard and then get royally thrashed on ops - who the hell are you to say what constitutes "hard" training. There is a difference between "challenging" conditions and simply not letting people have modern stuff because you think they should be climbing in ditches with 303 rifles.

Presumably you're on the government's cyberwarfare working group...
No I just have this old fashioned idea that training establishments should be crammed full of learning. If you have got time to update your facebook status you have got time to be learning something else or sleeping as you're going to be getting thrashed in the morning (Like that still happens).

Not a Cold War Warrior. Just wondering where will the line get drawn. How long before such establishments are technical colleges that you attend 9 - 5.
That will be the Defence Training College, St Athan, South Wales, CF***** then, coming to you courtesy of the Defence Training Review, sometime soon!!!

Budgets permitting, of course... :D :D :D

Litotes
 
#18
Just though I might add to this, I have recently transfered from the artillery into to the royal signals and for my crimes I have had to do the basic class 3 course the phase two's do.

Prior to been at blandford I have done a two year post as a troop Bombardier at phase one training regiment.

I think this put me in a pretty good position coming from a phase one environment straight on a course with phase two soldiers to comment on this thread.

My point is the quality of training on the course is top notch and the fact that the phase twos have to do military skills training two nights a week is really good to see as despite all the technical stuff they drilling in to us they are still building on all the skills they have learn't in phase one.

From what I have seen and comparing it to my phase two at larkhill I think the signals are doing a lot of things right including the internet.

The phase twos get treated like grown ups till they drop a bolock surly thats good preparation for the real world!!!!
 
#19
FGS,

What kind of a picture would it paint for people outside of the corps to come to the HOME OF THE ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS and have no internet access!!!

Technical trades need the ability to look up technical reference. at all hours of the day and most times night! i know i did ;)

and it does help with moral ;) too.

JB
 

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