Further finalising contact with Local TA Center

#1
Following the phone call I just received, I have found out the final details for my 'Day in army life' coming up his saturday.

Between 0900 and 0915 I need to be at local TA Center
Then its a trip to our local regs barracks (Donnington)
Then its a 1.5 mile run
Back to TA Center
Press-ups
Sit-ups
and interviews
Wrap up around 1300-1330

Then Medical at the beginning of march


in otherwords....."Oh yes, its ON!!" :)

Seems to me its a mini pre-RSW RSW
 
#2
Soggyllama said:
Following the phone call I just received, I have found out the final details for my 'Day in army life' coming up his saturday.

Between 0900 and 0915 I need to be at local TA Center
Then its a trip to our local regs barracks (Donnington)
Then its a 1.5 mile run

Press-ups
Sit-ups
and interviews
Wrap up around 1300-1330
Back to TA Center
Then Medical at the beginning of march


in otherwords....."Oh yes, its ON!!" :)

Seems to me its a mini pre-RSW RSW
Dont be surprised if it is in thtat order.
 
#4
Cheers wannabe, not as hard as I should, but I feel I'll be able to do it.

Hicky; I though it was wierd too going back to TA center to finish off the PT, should have all been in one place.............Surely
 
#5
It could be a missprint on the Joing instructions...?
I'd find it odd if you didnt to the un pressups in the same place.
Good luck with it.
 
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Hedphelym

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#6
Certainly sounds odd, usually these 'Look at life' days have a lot more content.
On the last one I helped out on, all the potential recruits did live firing at 25m, a paintball pairs fire and maneuver, introduction to fieldcraft and a team-building exercise in the form of a climbing wall.

What unit are you going for, Soggy?
 
#7
@ Hicky: It was a phone call I got direct from the woman organising it, so I'm only going off what she said. Maybe they could only do the run there due to time slots or whatever. I dunno, it DOES sound odd however i have to admit.

@Hedphelym: To be fair, THAT day looks alot more pleasing than the one i'm going on. I'm hoping its a wind up, but they said I need to attend in PT gear, so it doesn't look like it :(

Also, I'm going for The Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry - Royal Armoured Corps, here in Telford. From what little I know (and considering tomorrow is the first day I'll be 'meeting' them) its got a lot to do with Tanks :)

Its wierd, as how she was talking it seemed like an RSW weekend, but without 90% of what happens there. What exactly ARE these 'Look at life' days? Surely if its a recruitment day, it would be better showing potential recruits the 'fun side' of army life, not the PT stuff
 
#8
I'd be careful with what they sell you on tanks, expect a lot of BS.

According to their vid I watched a while back their last camp involved fibua and lots of infantry skills.

The latest rumour I heard was that they are likely to be roled as Mastiff crews instead of CR2 Drivers/Gunners as they are very unlikely to deploy as CR2 replacements.

If you like driving around in a land rover pretending it’s a tank then you'll love it.

If not you've also the RIFLES in Shrewsbury and RLC 123 Ammo in Donnigton, or even the RMPs have a hold somewhere if I remember correctly
 
#9
waitout said:
I'd be careful with what they sell you on tanks, expect a lot of BS.

According to their vid I watched a while back their last camp involved fibua and lots of infantry skills.

The latest rumour I heard was that they are likely to be roled as Mastiff crews instead of CR2 Drivers/Gunners as they are very unlikely to deploy as CR2 replacements.

If you like driving around in a land rover pretending it’s a tank then you'll love it.

If not you've also the RIFLES in Shrewsbury and RLC 123 Ammo in Donnigton, or even the RMPs have a hold somewhere if I remember correctly
Does that mean whenever I go anywhere, can I shout "kakakakakakakak.......BOOOOOOM!!!!........kakakakakakakaka" :)

i went for these guys as they were the closest that I was interested in. I think the other one was Engineers or something. Also, its right next door on the same complex to where my Daughter does Cadets (also same night). I'm not sure what RLC Ammo do, nor the RMP so if you could shed some light on there it would be appreciated :)

Thankyou for the BS warning though, I'll take that on board
 
#11
Goddammit Got a stitch, ran through it, got a 2nd stitch which nearly crippled me, however since carrying on with everything else, I didnt get through this time, but have a 6 month deferral (which is slightly better than a f**k Off). SO 6 months of pushing myself WAY beyond what I was doing now
 
#13
Yeah, the 'meat wagon' had to pick me up :"( bUt i now have 6 moths of pure training now. For some reason they were also aiming at 10:30 run, 44 push-ups and 50 situps. which we werent told originally. OK i understand that is the fitness requirements for Infantry, but i'm not applying for infantry.
 
#14
Yeah, I think they're trying to close the gap between regs and TA fitness. 10.30 shouldn't be unachievable if you're male though. It'll be what's expected of you once you get in anyway, so you might as well be there from the get go. Sorry to hear you got deferred though!
 
#16
Yeah thanks guys, I'm just really pissed off with myself for not even getting to finish the run. I KNOW I can do it, and WOULD'VE if it hadnt been for that 2nd stitch. Any idea how to prevent getting it?

I got one the last few times I've ran, so everytime changed what I did pre-run

1st ran late at night after an isotonic drink - Stitch
2nd Ran early in the morning on empty stomach - stitch
3rd ran early n the morning having eaten a small amount and hydrated with isotonic drink
 
#17
Don't bother with the Isotonic drinks (Presuming Lucozade, Gatorade or equivalent). They're full of sugar and I seem to remember reading somewhere that they're only really useful to athletes. Can't provide a source so take that with a pinch of salt.

Eat a banana 15 minutes before your run.

Just keep at it, once you've got some miles in your legs the stitches will ebb away into nothing, and you'll be completing marathons in no time ;)

Have you run a practice 1.5 mile to see what your time is? If not, do it!

How are your press ups/sit ups etc? The Royal Marines Online Training Tool has some pretty decent circuits/training plans, I'd have a look at those.

Sorry to hear about your deferral, but keep at it and don't lose heart!
 
#18
Cheers lamp, will try that.

I'm not losing heart with the deferral, I WILL go back again in 6 months, and I WILL blitz the run, sit ups and push ups. Its something I want to do. Now I know I need more commitment to my training, 1 or 2 a week just isnt enough to get into the shape where I can be competing. Most of the training this past couple of months has been on hold thanks to snow and ice, and TRYING to be sensible, I decided not to risk running/ Slipping and getting an injury.
 
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Hedphelym

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#19
Shame about your defferal, Soggy. Have to admit, I'm slightly shocked they expect a 10:30 run, even upon pre-entry, as this was. (Especially for tankies :) )

But stay positive. Six months seems a bit of a harsh/strange comeback from something that wasn't even a RSW, but as you say you have six months to get prepared. Heck, in that time you could be a shite load more than prepared.

Good luck with it all.
 
#20
Soggyllama said:
Yeah, the 'meat wagon' had to pick me up :"( bUt i now have 6 moths of pure training now. For some reason they were also aiming at 10:30 run, 44 push-ups and 50 situps. which we werent told originally. OK i understand that is the fitness requirements for Infantry, but i'm not applying for infantry.
Ok this sounds a bit odd, if I remember correctly they should be looking at the Risk Reduction run timings for someone looking to join?

Let me check with the recruiting gurus and I'll confirm the times they are looking for.

Also what age are you as you may also get a compensation for your age.