WE had an LI CSM on ours he had to teach heavy drill ,funy as fck really,kept effing off to check his pamphlet. hope hedge has been moved up to Caterick.and tour of campshould be a laugh around Vimy Barracks.
All The Bessst
expect to mark time with your head in a hedge at least once, take two sets of no'2s, two pairs of ammo boots and plenty of cash as you will be fined for numerous bottles of port.... oh yes brufen comes in handy, not for the aches and pains of drilling all day but for the port you will drink in the mess. i think the latter contravines a matt 6 video though
Confirm 95's only, no No 2 Dress.
No hedge, in fact no square some of the time.
No port - been reigned in on the drinking culture it seems, although the bar is open every night for those who don't need any persuasion.
Expect to 'pay as you dine' for about 4 - 5 quid a day and claim on return.
Expect to get robbed by the caterers if you want a tea urn on the square, best sorting a Norgy and some makings between you.
If you can get someone to grip your drill before you go and try to get your head around a Teaching Practice (TP), or at least the consistent set phrases.
Take a gonk bag/duvet unless you prefer army blankets. You will be making your bed (with hospital corners) for inspection most mornings, no really you will, honest!
If you're not, as you should be, at least a Local Sgt just take a set of tapes and promote yourself for the duration, everybody else does.
Take and iron/ironing board (although there are quite a few boards around the mess). Saves times scrounging and although it's 95 don't listen to the 'you don't press 95' experts.
Take 1 pair of good 'best boots' (ammos) and 2 pairs of well worn in BCH, and bull at least the toes of the BCH to a good standard. Alternatively -don't and spend 'tea and toast' flling out your AGAI forms and early mornings on show parades.
Expect your mess bill to be around £25 but that will include £18 or so for the course photo.
You'll no doubt wonder, either during the tour of barracks, or if not definitely by about day 3 'What the hell am I doing here?' Good question. If you find an answer can you let me know please, I'm still struggling and I've been back a week.