Junior Brecon - hints & tips?



Fablon everything.
Get fit as possible.
Reherse orders format.
Square kit before going.
Sign out an extra sense of humour.
Wot DS said.

Plus get used to red mud and LOTS of rain.

Oh, and get FIT. The en are ALWAYS up the bloody big hill.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
get fit
Waterproof as much as poss
get fit
check with others in your unit who have attended J/Brecon
get fit
speak to your training wing
get fit
ask your Pl Sgt who will probaly have done it
get fit

Lastly - enjoy yourself - sounds daft but when you look back you will see the good bits.
I think mention need be made of the requirement for fitness.
So you reckon I should get fit then ? :D :D

Sounds daft I know but for the course what kind of fitness wud u all suggest ?

Lots of tabbing ? Circuits etc?

Currently do weights & run, but obviously want to talior it towards the course


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toblerone said:
So you reckon I should get fit then ? :D :D

Sounds daft I know but for the course what kind of fitness wud u all suggest ?

Lots of tabbing ? Circuits etc?

Currently do weights & run, but obviously want to talior it towards the course
Start by cutting out the toberlone maybe :wink:
Below is a link to the reg SCBC pre-course training programme as suggested by IBS. Hope it helps.

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.....


CFT up that fcuking great big hill near the asslt cse with an unpleasant scottish csgt offering verbal 'encouragement' in your left ear.
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?
Well said Arkady,

About time someone talked a little sense (and also gave some very good bits of advice too).

Turn up reasonably fit, with Grade 1 soldier standards and most of all with the right attitude and motivation and you will do OK.

The CFT is covered in one hour so ignore the b*llocks about ten minute miles - what were you smoking that day isleofwightrifles?

Just for interest; the top student on the last PTC course was a female!!


The CFT took an hour, but we ran about a third of it. i.e. all of the downhill bits and the 400m or so of flat past the hills.

As I say, when I finished, I was standing about 3-4m from the PTI, whose words were to the effect of "not bad, they averaged 6 mph".

The killer is that rise about half way round.
Das Stab said:
BTW yes Toblerones unit are doing pre-brecon trg. He's just flapping as usual.
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!!
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