Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by msr, Aug 19, 2007.
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What is the best course you have ever done?
For me: TACC
Got to be LEOC (TA).
Pre-Sandhurst Module 3 with London OTC. Short, tough and entirely fit for purpose.
Machine Gun Platoon Commander's Course - Whispering Death. 0.5 million rounds of link through 20 guns. Gleaming.
CATAC - Company of Gurkhas under command. Brill (the only time I commanded anything like 110 men in the field).
A three day Rough Terrain Handlers (SISU) course down at Marchington, great on the p*ss and two weeks away from Bosnia waiting for flights.
STANOC Unit Counter-Surveillance Officers' Course.
Some bits a bit dry, but getting to play with (& camouflage) everything from a LR Wolf to a Bridge-Layer & then go up in an aircraft (& be overflown by photo-recce aircraft) to see how well we'd done was fantastic.
My syndicate got the Warrior to cam up - I pitied the poor sods who had to do the bridge layer...
There was also a lot of messing around with II/TI kit; a demonstration of how a lot of the personal-purchase clothing & equipment lit up like Christmas trees when using night vision aids; some range/direction finding binoculars straight out of Star Wars; TIC suits to experiment with; & some good demos on different nations' uniforms (the US/Canadian digital pattern stuff was very good indeed).
(Oh, & they hated the super-ally helmet net I used at the time, & I drove my Squadron more mad than I usually did when I came back with my new found knowledge straight onto exercise. But then how fatuous is it to expect the troops to wear cam cream & branches in their lids, to cam up tents & vehicles & to black out windows when the thermal signature of generators wasn't considered and the roofs of the buildings we were in had dirty great skylights we couldn't reach).
Sports-wise: beyond shadow of a doubt the Norway ice-camp for bobsleigh, skeleton & luge.
I have never been so terrified, yet strangely exhilarated to be alive (albeit with a severly damaged shoulder) in my entire life.
Christ, I think I just came...
Yeoman of Signals
2nd all courses I attended at Warminster (mainly Sigs/mortars) and RSigs SSgt course
For me it's a toss-up between TA PCBC and the NATO FIBUA Instructor's course.
PCBC was early December and bloody cold. A lot of students failed to report, so we wound up a 24 man platoon with the kit and ammo for 40. The lads who showed up were all switched on and well-motivated as well, a real joy to work with.
FIBUA Instructors course was, as you'd expect, a large bit of showing off for the British Army. We were encouraged to take the allies down town for socialising and had a few great nights on the p*ss. All the best kit was available and massive amounts of pyro. The other nations had to give presentations on how they did FIBUA training and the toss-up was between the Danes and Italians for 'best blooper reel'. Getting the demo troops in for the final all-arms ex was brilliant as well, a light-role assault with tanks in support, brilliant!. A lot of fun, a great learning experience and a phenomenal 'peess-oop', as an Italian Major of Artillery put it.
Basic Golf Skills! Week on the piss in Bulford and some golf thrown in (professional instruction every day) - All for £45!! Also had a mate who didi a"Pack Animal Handlers" course - sounds like fun!!
SCBC. Nov-Dec. Great weather, every time you went up the hill to the trg area it snowed
PTC. Sept. never rained once over the course
Platoon tactics course. Suppose it's got a new fangled name now
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