Im off to Chilwell for Iraq on 23rd Jan!

#1
Hi.

Im a Driver in RLC, been in TA for 2.5yrs and am being attached to Specialist Team Royal Engineers, off to Iraq.
Just wondered what the current pre-deployment training at RTMC consists of and length of time it takes?
What equipment should i take in addition to that listed on my JI's, any help would be appreciated as is my first tour...

Bart
 
#2
Bart,

Chilwell takes two weeks and covers ITDs 1-6.

Have a look in this thread: http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=29053.html for ideas on what else to take.

To be honest, there is that much kit in Iraq now, you really don't actually have to take anything apart from a chequebook.

msr
 

RP578

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#4
Hello mate. Chilwell is a 2 week package. The first few days is a whirlwind of J1 & J4 issues: Medical, Dental, finance & Admin. Your cadre will probably be split into syndicates and you'll deal with each of the above in a round-robin. At the end of the 2nd day, assuming you've survived the cull, you'll be signed into Regular service.

Then begins the ITD phase as well as a BPFA. You'll have a couple of PT lessons before the BPFA and CFT, but get yourself fit beforehand. There'll more than likely be a fair number of Reg Reservists amongst your number who haven't done any phys since they left the service (in some cases that could be over 5 years), so there'll definitely be a 'mixed ability' group. The last ITDs you'll do will most likely be the APWT. They assigned us three days on the programme to do this, but we all (bar the token mong) passed in a day so that left us an extra day of admin sorting and catching up, which proved very helpfull.

There's a big 24 hour Tesco literally across the road from you, so don't worry about not having all your nick-nacks with you. In fact I wouldn't burden yourself down with things that you can do without as you'll have a crap load of kit thrown at you and all of this you'll have to carry home with you. The laundry facilities in the accomodations that I was in, were pathetic, but other blocks are better. The food is revolting, but luckily the aforementioned Tescos has a cafe for those days when you just can't face another serving of (barely) reheated gruel. The NAAFI is pretty good and serves decent bar food.

The admin at Chilwell can seem absolutely anarchic sometimes, but give the system a chance to work as it usually does. After your 2 weeks at RTMC you'll go on OPTAG, which could take place anywhere in UK or even Germany. Hopefully you will get some time off between RTMC and OPTAG (not a given so don't assume you'll get it), but you may have to fund your own way between RTMC and home (and back again for transport to OPTAG) as we did. You'll have been issued a Forces Railcard by then and hopefully the MTWO will organise a drop off at Derby train station for you. Don't expect a pick up at the station after your leave. A taxi from Derby will cost about £25 so try getting your return ticket to terminate at Long Eaton which is a damn sight closer and from where a taxi will cost only £5.

Best of British mate!
 
#5
Thanks RP578, that was very detailed and very appreciated with the advice mate.
To anyone,
on my kit list it says to bring my webbing (PLCE), can i take my assault vest instead?
as alot of my TA mates that have been out there recommend taking, especially me being a driver

Bart
 
#6
Assault vest no problem,

msr
 
#7
Just trying to figure out timings....so thats

2 weeks Chilwell
OPTAG? how longs that and what does that involve
Then guessing its Iraq here i come
then guess its 2 months leave (thats what other lads from my rgt have had)

Cheers people for being quick with replies, is appreciated

Bart

(Cheers msr for last post - assault vest it is!)
 
#8
I spent 5days at OPTAG and apart from the battle exercises it was absolute shite, Finished on Friday and flew to Basra on Saturday - Your mileage may vary. Speak to STRE for the details.

msr
 
#9
Ok i will try and find out through them...all i have been told from my training major is that it is STRE in Chilwell, after doing a little research im guessing its 170 STRE. Checked on ARRSEpedia but cant find any reviews on that rgt. Does anyone know much about them other than the stuff on the army website...are they ok, any good,bad reviews?
Im genuinely really looking forward to my tour!...Cant wait!!!
Anyones else going to Chilwell on 23rd for Iraq?

Cheers

Bart
 

OldSnowy

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#10
Looking a bit ahead, to when you're out here, whatever you do, bring your nice issued two-sided puffy jacket - it fecking freezing out here at the moment!

Most stuff like toiletries, etc., can be bought in the NAAFI (EFI here - same thing though) so bring enough for a couple of weeks at most. Allow for a LONG journey out. Although deployment should be quicker, currently some R&R packages are taking 3 1/2 to 4 days to get from UK to the Camp here. This involves 3 flights, plus road transport, so giving the Crabs plenty of time to bugger you about :)

Need any more info, let me know.

And it's still bloody freezing.
 
#11
RP578 said:
A taxi from Derby will cost about £25 so try getting your return ticket to terminate at Long Eaton which is a damn sight closer and from where a taxi will cost only £5.
I believe Long Eaton is classed as Nottingham/Derby, so getting a ticket to either means you won't be penalised for getting of at Long Eaton. Also some trains only 'pick up' at Long Eaton although they stop there (They don't let you get off for Health and Safety reasons - i.e. Sawley station is only big enough for 3 carriages) but using your noggin you can obviously get off the train.
 
#12
Bart, Stay safe mate.
 
#13
OldSnowy said:
Looking a bit ahead, to when you're out here, whatever you do, bring your nice issued two-sided puffy jacket - it fecking freezing out here at the moment!

Hi mate cheers for the advice, i havent got an issued two-sided puffy jacket....or will i get this at RTMC?
What things will i get issued at RTMC? sunglasses,etc?

Thanks everyone for your help, keep it coming!

cheers bart
 
#16
Not all trains stop at Long Eaton, you could try Attenborough which is closest, but again not all trains stop there or the next stop is Beeston which most trains do stop at.
Call one of the local cab companys (Cable Cars 0115 9229229, Cab Line 0115 9225226, CBC 0115 9223777) should cost about £3-£4.
 
#17
On the above, Just thinking about the assault vest that i want to take instead of webbing PLCE.
The APWT that i will have to take at Chilwell, will the RSO or any of the other range staff allow me to wear an assault vest on it?
Say i bring things that whilst at chilwell realise i dont need can i send them back home or is there a storage place for items, and what happens to my uniform when i swap it for my deserts?
 
#18
streetfighter said:
Not all trains stop at Long Eaton, you could try Attenborough which is closest, but again not all trains stop there or the next stop is Beeston which most trains do stop at.
Long Eaton is better as its served than any on the Nottingham spur, although normally I'd go direct to Derby if I could cadge a lift.
 
#19
Bart said:
Say i bring things that whilst at chilwell realise i dont need can i send them back home or is there a storage place for items, and what happens to my uniform when i swap it for my deserts?
You can leave a box of stuff at Chilwell or with your attached unit, but you should have some leave between Chilwell and going out, so take your green stuff home.

You keep your greens for when you return, you will be issued a ton of sandy kit by Chilwell.

msr
 
#20
Bart said:
Anyones else going to Chilwell on 23rd for Iraq?

Cheers

Bart
Yes mate, me too !

PM me if you want a chin wag
 

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