Hi I am totally new to the TA's and after going to three evening sessions I was told to go to the 1st TAFS weekend. I was really surprised at what it was like. I got there on Friday at 20:00 and all the new people (there were 16 of us) were taken aside, we had a half hour 'getting to know you' chat then were told that was all for the night. Everyone went to the bar to watch some DVD's then went to bed really late after getting really drunk. I was a bit surprised, I thought we would do a little more, I just had one pint (I don't normally drink but wanted to try to be sociable) but one new recruit got so drunk he had to go home. So the first night was a waste of time. On Saturday we were up at 6, given a really unhealthy breakfast and then sent to do our BPFA, but they had a mix up and so we had to wait around till 12:00 before we could do it. Of the remaining 15 I was the only one who even passed it. The rest of the day we did a bit of riffle handling and some marching; that was all. We finished at 19:00 (although the entire day could easily have been condensed into 4 hours) then it was back to the bar that night, when once again everyone got extremely drunk. Sunday was just the same, did hardly anything (just learnt how to identify someoneâs rank and a bit more riffle work). On Sunday everything could have taken about 3 hours MAXIMUM yet we were up at 6:00 and didn't finish until 17:00. Sorry for the long post, but I want to know if this is normal. I thought the TA's would be a challenge but this weekend was just about drinking and eating absolute rubbish. Then getting up so early that by the time you did get the chance to learn something you were too exhausted to understand or care. At the moment I am really surprised and am seriously considering leaving as it's more of a social event than even a slight challenge.