Going to my unit next week - Advice?

#1
Finally, after 14 months, I will be at my 'unit'. So, going through training, particularly Gib, I was always told "The field army is nothing like this".

So, how does it compare to training? What am I to expect at my unit, and what do they expect of me?

Also, is it true at you're unit you can take you're leave whenever you want to? Like take Summer leave, earlier/later if I wanted?
 
#3
Yes it is true about your leave, depends what is happening though.

Just keep your mouth shut, work very hard (it will be noticed) and pick a senior sapper/Lcpl as an example to follow.
 
#5
Don't gob off, and make the comment ' when i was at Gib' etc if you do you will soon be introduced to some field discipline.

Enjoy you time, you will never forget your first unit.

Sparky
 
#6
pretty much what the other lad said

dont gob off, be the grey man for a bit

make an effort to be friendly to the other lads, even if they try to break you on your first day. have a sense of humour about it, they are only playing

dont kiss arsse the seniors but dont piss them off either

before making any bold statements think them through. tipping up on your first day wanting to be a para marine pti will impress no one when you are hanging out of your hoop on the first run

likewise for naming boxing and parachuting as your fav sports...when you couldnt fight your way out of a plastic bag and are scared of rock climbing because its too high!

seen all the above happen too many times and go wrong. youll be alright if you arent a knob

laters
 
#7
Is like the Jarhead scenirio, where you turn up and the lads will fill you in, or give you shit jobs. Duty newboy so to say, unwritten rules.

My fitness isn't the greatest, but I do try really hard. Apart from that I quite good at my trade etc for my level of knowlege.
 
#8
Dont stand to attention and call everyone by their rank.

Similarly, dont sit there and gob it off to all and sundry.

Remember too, you're now a Sapper not a SATT. Targets do drop when Hit.

And if you see Doris on yer travels around the Camp, Say Hi from me.
 
#9
Nightrained said:
Is like the Jarhead scenirio, where you turn up and the lads will fill you in, or give you s*** jobs. Duty newboy so to say, unwritten rules.

My fitness isn't the greatest, but I do try really hard. Apart from that I quite good at my trade etc for my level of knowlege.[/quote]

Remember your level of knowledge being the operative word. Just listen to what the senior blokes have to say, keep your mouth shut when necessary and you should be alright. Good luck.

PS Take every course or training oppurtunity going.
 

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#10
Nightrained said:
My fitness isn't the greatest, but I do try really hard.
Try harder. Train in your own time. And then train some more.
 
#12
Fatbadge said:
http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=52866.html

There ya go. Even got a bit of fluff lined up for ya too..
Haha, from what I hear from many Engineers, she sounds like she'll fit right in with the other Chatham girls there.

Doris? Do I really want to bump into this person? Is this for my new years wish?
 
#13
Nightrained said:
Finally, after 14 months, I will be at my 'unit'. So, going through training, particularly Gib, I was always told "The field army is nothing like this".

quote]

14 Months,how long is training these days? :):)

Sparky
 
#14
sparkysapper said:
Nightrained said:
Finally, after 14 months, I will be at my 'unit'. So, going through training, particularly Gib, I was always told "The field army is nothing like this".

quote]

14 Months,how long is training these days? :):)

Sparky
17 weeks basic. 10 Weeks B3. 13 weeks waiting for my C3 trade course (cat b driver training included in this time). 7 weeks C3 course. 12-18 weeks DST Leconfield Cat C, C+E training. Plus you have all leave stuck in between there.
 
#15
Nightrained said:
My fitness isn't the greatest, but I do try really hard.
Unless I am really busy on t'internet for hours at a time instead of getting a few miles in... :roll:

Which may help you fit in a little bit quicker and easier.

Just a gentle hint :)
 
#16
Nightrained said:
sparkysapper said:
Nightrained said:
Finally, after 14 months, I will be at my 'unit'. So, going through training, particularly Gib, I was always told "The field army is nothing like this".

quote]

14 Months,how long is training these days? :):)

Sparky
17 weeks basic. 10 Weeks B3. 13 weeks waiting for my C3 trade course (cat b driver training included in this time). 7 weeks C3 course. 12-18 weeks DST Leconfield Cat C, C+E training. Plus you have all leave stuck in between there.
Since when did you have to do C+E as a c3 signaller??
 
#17
Nightrained said:
Fatbadge said:
http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=52866.html

There ya go. Even got a bit of fluff lined up for ya too..
Haha, from what I hear from many Engineers, she sounds like she'll fit right in with the other Chatham girls there.

New blood mate. Gerrin there first. Before the rest of the Corps do.
 
#19
Ronnie8781 said:
Nightrained said:
sparkysapper said:
Nightrained said:
Finally, after 14 months, I will be at my 'unit'. So, going through training, particularly Gib, I was always told "The field army is nothing like this".

quote]

14 Months,how long is training these days? :):)

Sparky
17 weeks basic. 10 Weeks B3. 13 weeks waiting for my C3 trade course (cat b driver training included in this time). 7 weeks C3 course. 12-18 weeks DST Leconfield Cat C, C+E training. Plus you have all leave stuck in between there.
Since when did you have to do C+E as a c3 signaller??
Since the radio platform was constructed from iridium strong enough to withstand Instant sunshine and took so much space nearly every rover with a radio fitted has to have a trailer :roll:
 
#20
Priam said:
Ronnie8781 said:
Nightrained said:
sparkysapper said:
Nightrained said:
Finally, after 14 months, I will be at my 'unit'. So, going through training, particularly Gib, I was always told "The field army is nothing like this".

quote]

14 Months,how long is training these days? :):)

Sparky
17 weeks basic. 10 Weeks B3. 13 weeks waiting for my C3 trade course (cat b driver training included in this time). 7 weeks C3 course. 12-18 weeks DST Leconfield Cat C, C+E training. Plus you have all leave stuck in between there.
Since when did you have to do C+E as a c3 signaller??
Since the radio platform was constructed from iridium strong enough to withstand Instant sunshine and took so much space nearly every rover with a radio fitted has to have a trailer :roll:
Well that would be B+E, C+E is HGV.
 

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