wieghts and running with occasional tab .Cant do a lot of tabbing as very
likely to get an injury from running with wieght long as feel happy doing cft and section attacks with realistic loads then you are ready.you will
be suprised at amount of people who turn up unfit so i am told
The real problem is the weight you carry, full war scales, 94's etc. and yes, although every PTI would say you shouldn't you do end up running/ crawling with it.
I ran (5-8 miles) with a 45-55lb bergan every day for 6 weeks before Brecon, and didn't find it that physically challenging, not even after I twisted my ankle (and ~6 weeks later I can only now just about run on it again, and dispite the DS's wonderful advice that it would wear off, I had trouble walking for 2 weeks after returning). However, a lot of the juniors did (as they hadn't prepared for it).
The CFT is interesting, you do run a lot of it, and I overheard the PTI telling the staff that the squad averaged 6 mph.....
Oh Christ! It's not that bad! Any reasonably fit soldier can put up with this stuff for two weeks.
Gentle running in the few weeks leading up to the course - you should be up to 10 miles a day by the time you get there - 5 in the morning and 5 in the evening; slowly - 40-minute 5-milers are about right. That'll increase your stamina.
The biggest b*lls-ache is learning to concentrate with b*gger all sleep and maintaining a sense of humour when the others in your section suddenly fail to pull their weight when it's your command appointment - nice!
Just make sure your admin is fully up to scratch. Leave all Gucci kit at home coz you won't have time to get it out. Leave space for bullets and water on the round-robin - you won't need anything else.
Make sure you pack a thousand spare pairs of socks coz you'll need them all.
Don't wear Danners, Matterhorns or Pro-Boots as they'll get wet inside and stay that way for the whole 2 weeks.
On a section attack, make note of where the stream is at all times, as you'll be in it as soon as the targets are up. No, REALLY!
Don't bother with permi-pens as you'll be writing in the rain/snow/sleet/hail - use a pencil sharpened at both ends, JUST like they tell you...
Have fun - sounds silly, but isn't this why we do this sh1t?
Then all of his questions will be answered by his very own experienced Rgt NCOs running the pre-Brecon course. I thought that he may be doing it as a (select few) non-infantry type (like me) who went in 'blind' with no formal prep.
It it has not been mentioned already, make sure your orders book/kit is well up to speed and as an infantryman you should be fit enough already!!