Has anyone done FIRIC recently and was it 2 months or 4. Were you fully involved or bored to death? I’ve heard there are some great opportunities there but equally some who say not so good?
It's a while since I was there with an infantry company (as one of their medics)
The biggest issue was them being Scottish. When they got bored there were issues with alcohol and aggression. Such a stereotype.
They had patrols to do, visits to outlying homes/farms, onion range for a week and time in MPA.
Onion range is an excellent opportunity for some quality training. Expect to walk there and back (personally I took a helicopter every time)
It's really going to depend on the unit you go with, the current threat and what you make of it.
I got some time in at the radio station, spent some time running a bar and occasionally did some medical work.
I did nearly 5 months there as a Pl Comd in a composite PARA Coy in 2002. Whilst there was the usual smattering of G1 dramas it was no more or less than during time in barracks anywhere else. (OK, aside from the bollocking I got when my Pl was about to be charged with rioting. Mitigating circumstances, and flight ops were back on quite quickly ).The FIs are a classic "make of it what you will" - I was down there for 5 weeks, and had a grand old time, but my oppos loathed every single, dreadful minute of it.
If you're looking for entertainment on tap, creature comforts and cheers easy life, it's not going to provide any of those. If you want to be front foot and organise yomps across the Islands, sort out settlement visits, put the effort into some decent training opportunities, there's a whole world of potential.
Be very careful as to which Infantry Battalion you go with - in the main they're viewed with suspicion, and as an example the PARAs found themselves living in the field for a very long time. Every time they came back to MPA they got drunk and beat someone up, so CBFFI sent them straight back out into the field again. I imagine that was pretty miserable.