Im interested in joining the TA as a infantry soldier (hull)
just wondering if you could shed some light on the training for me
and how the training is spread out like do you onli train weekends
or isit like training fulltime untill you pass-out?
Dependent on two factors your brigade and yourself, basically only a few brigades do a 'fast track' two week phase one course of which the brigades that do run them there are only a couple of them a year. So youll have to make yourself available for them. If not youll do the standard 9 weekends which is what most people do usually on a one on one off basis. Also somethings thats starting to show up is the ex 'Summer Challenge' in which you do all your training ie phase one, CIC, adventure training etc in a 7 week package but not all divisions or brigades are offering this. I'd recommend that you either do the fast track or the summer challenge as these will have you much better prepared for CIC than weekends will but make sure your fit for them from day one of the course as youll be expected to get a good pass on the PFT and pass the 6 mile CFT after a couple weeks in which you wont improve your fitness much. Talk to the person in charge of your application about the training routes available to you as which division your part of plays a big part in the available routes.
Phase 1a (TAFS) - drill, structure of the TA, Qualities of a TA soldier, Fieldcraft, PT and Finance - 2 weekends
Phase 1b - PT, WH, Nav, BCDT, Fieldcraft, CBRN - 4 weekends
Phase 1c - Extra training for infantry in preparation for CIC - 3 weekends
Thus Phase 1 infantry training (pre-CIC) = 9 weekends not counting RSW.