hi can anyone enlighten me as to the routine after chillwell,im awaiting the brown envelope,due july for op telic 7.do they issue you 2 pair of dezzy boots?are them spiders really that big?cheers.....blueskies.
I was on Telic 2, so things have probably changed a lot. We only got one pair of desert boots and were told we could leave our black boots behind. Like you, we deployed in July, so you should have a nice (HOT) summer. It chucked it down in December. Desert boots are not waterproof. Take black boots as well.
I didn't see a single camel spider - but know lots of people who did. Watch out also for scorpions and snakes, though depending on where you go, you probably won't come across them.
Most used bit of kit - GPS. There's only one hill south of Basra and that's by the Kuwaiti border. Only one river - on the Iraqi border. No woods and only the motorways look like roads, so landmarks are few and far between..
Some of you are banging on about dessie kit - Try being on Telic 1 - all we got was green kit and grief off the admin staff!
After Chilwell I ended up at Grantham for a week consisting of an Anthrax jab, death by PowerPoint briefings and loads of ITD testing to earn a certificate required for entrance into Theater - Yeah right! no one asked for it so we binned them!
Having said that It has probably changed drastically since then though!
Having had the unfortunate experience of going through Chilwell in 2000 I thought by 2003 they had sorted out their quirks and cock-ups - No chance!!
Saw plenty of wierd wildlife - and yes, THOSE "spiders" can be nasty, feisty and run quicker than your average squaddie!! and they can take a bit of punishment too!
Basically, a couple of days at Chillwell, then on to Grantham to do your ITDs, then on to Optag for around a week, then on to your reg unit. I did Telic 5, so did Chillwell at the End of Aug, and finally flew to the sandpit middle of Oct.
Temps at the start and end of your tour will be 45ish, but mid dec it'll be zero or less at night and can turn into a real swamp, so black boots are a must. You *may* be issued gucci gortex black boots at Chillwell, it depends what roll you're going to do. Saw one camel spider in the last week before returning. Yes they are big, but don't believe the hype. Leave em alone and they are unlikely to bother you. As others have mentioned, snakes and scorpions are also around, mainly in the hotter months, so watch out.
Yep we got issued 1 set of dessies, Mk2's on telic 2, all are being issued Hi Tec's I think?? certainly all the guys on Telic 3 had the new Magnum.
If you get to an RAF base of any description in theatre, they have tons of kit,... hence you may blag another pair.
On Telic 2 a couple of the crew I worked with bought US boots and swore they were top notch.
Only saw one Scorpion in 4 months, no Spiders or snakes,... but they are there.
Take warm kit, softy etc for the Autumn/ winter months, its gets fecking cold at night.
Also take lots of paperbacks... although beware when it hits 130F as it will in August time, the glue in the spines of the books tends to dry up, and you can spend hours chasing pages around particularly parts that you have not read... you will have plenty of reading time!