Life as an Infantry Trainee 2021

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I don't know how this was missed under MOD News. What's with the lettuce on the caps?

Life as an infantry trainee in 2021

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The British Army continues to develop its infantry training as the impact of the Future Soldier programme starts to take shape.

The Infantry Training Centre (ITC) in Catterick, North Yorkshire, is what awaits those joining this part of the British Army.

While the Covid-19 pandemic affected all aspects of life, routine at the ITC continued as best it could in the circumstances with the introduction of social distancing measures.

What also helped was the emphasis placed on mental resilience and teaching techniques to deal with adversity.

"This is an inclusive environment and the Army needs to reflect society" LIEUTENANT COLONEL BROOKFIELD

Lieutenant Colonel Brookfield, Commanding Officer (CO) of the 1st Infantry Training Battalion, said: “We require people to be capable of delivering on behalf of the country in the most arduous of terrains around the world. But we train them to get there. We have individuals here that have come in with all sorts of experiences.”

A major difference in infantry over the past few years has been the inclusion of female personnel, and the CO has recognised the benefits of a more diverse workforce.

He said: “We have seen a number of females come through the training pipeline. Regardless of sex, creed, and colour, this is an inclusive environment and the Army needs to reflect society. Ultimately, this is about us doing the best by all of our people that come through the door.”

The Combat Infantry Course develops over time, in line with the operational experience of British soldiers overseas, and recent advances have progressed training to a new level.

Trainees are now issued their Virtus body armour and helmet during their time at the ITC, rather than just before deploying on tour, and are taught to use the General Service Pistol as standard.

They also have the advantage of using the Virtual Battle Suite (VBS) system, essentially a computer simulation that encourages learning before moving out into the field phase: a step up from the whiteboard lessons of old.

This new training empowers recruits, many of whom would have had minimal responsibility in their civilian lives.

"I’ve loved it, I’ve always wanted to do this" RIFLEMAN ALLEN

Rifleman Allen, who passed out of the ITC in July, said: “The last 24 weeks have been very challenging. But our training programme has been solid. I’ve loved it, I’ve always wanted to do this. The attack at the end [of the final exercise] was a culmination of everything we have done.

“I was tasked as the point man, the one posting the grenade, the first man through the door. Carrying all this kit was hard at first but you get used to it. All of the Section Commanders get a grip of us, it’s a well-oiled machine.”

Other members of the platoon on the final exercise in Norfolk were keen to express their gratitude to the staff of the ITC.

Rifleman Askew, who operated the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during the final attack, said: “The training kicks in and the nerves slip away. You do what you’ve been taught to do. The Section Commanders help us with the pressure.

“This is the closest thing to being in the real situation, this is probably the best infantry training in the world, it’s top of the class.”

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OneTenner

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I don't know how this was missed under MOD News. What's with the lettuce on the caps?
Vegetarians! - it's a warning to the fat-splashers to keep hold of their sausage...
 
I dunno about fat-splashers, but that tactical Cpl. looks ............errrrm, well fed.
He’s certainly not pie shy, the fat cünt.
 
Cheshire Regiment.
Oak leaves
Battle of Meannee day.
During campaign where Sir Charles Napier sent the famous message, “Peccavi”
Cheshire Regiment.
Battle of Dettigen (1743). Protected the King - He presented them with a sprig of Oak.
Oak leaves worn if Royalty are present and on other Regimental Days.
Cap and collar badges included Acorn & Oak Leaves.
Tradition inherited by the Mercians.
 
Two answers spring to mind:
Either, it's all that's left of the burgers after that full-screw got his hands on them or it's a slip in dress standards; and that's just the tip of the iceberg...
Thank you, I'm here all week
 
Lieutenant Colonel Brookfield, Commanding Officer (CO) of the 1st Infantry Training Battalion, said...

A major difference in infantry over the past few years has been the inclusion of female personnel, and the CO has recognised the benefits of a more diverse workforce.

He said: “We have seen a number of females come through the training pipeline. Regardless of sex, creed, and colour, this is an inclusive environment and the Army needs to reflect society. Ultimately, this is about us doing the best by all of our people that come through the door.”

There is something eminently distasteful about Army officers parroting formulaic PC Newspeak phrases. They sound like a modern British version of minor Soviet apparatchiks.

Or like wokist HR managers.
 
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Who let the TA join the parade?
 

TamH70

MIA
I don't know how this was missed under MOD News. What's with the lettuce on the caps?

Life as an infantry trainee in 2021

aponec-official-20210715-040-031.jpg


The British Army continues to develop its infantry training as the impact of the Future Soldier programme starts to take shape.

The Infantry Training Centre (ITC) in Catterick, North Yorkshire, is what awaits those joining this part of the British Army.

While the Covid-19 pandemic affected all aspects of life, routine at the ITC continued as best it could in the circumstances with the introduction of social distancing measures.

What also helped was the emphasis placed on mental resilience and teaching techniques to deal with adversity.



Lieutenant Colonel Brookfield, Commanding Officer (CO) of the 1st Infantry Training Battalion, said: “We require people to be capable of delivering on behalf of the country in the most arduous of terrains around the world. But we train them to get there. We have individuals here that have come in with all sorts of experiences.”

A major difference in infantry over the past few years has been the inclusion of female personnel, and the CO has recognised the benefits of a more diverse workforce.

He said: “We have seen a number of females come through the training pipeline. Regardless of sex, creed, and colour, this is an inclusive environment and the Army needs to reflect society. Ultimately, this is about us doing the best by all of our people that come through the door.”

The Combat Infantry Course develops over time, in line with the operational experience of British soldiers overseas, and recent advances have progressed training to a new level.

Trainees are now issued their Virtus body armour and helmet during their time at the ITC, rather than just before deploying on tour, and are taught to use the General Service Pistol as standard.

They also have the advantage of using the Virtual Battle Suite (VBS) system, essentially a computer simulation that encourages learning before moving out into the field phase: a step up from the whiteboard lessons of old.

This new training empowers recruits, many of whom would have had minimal responsibility in their civilian lives.



Rifleman Allen, who passed out of the ITC in July, said: “The last 24 weeks have been very challenging. But our training programme has been solid. I’ve loved it, I’ve always wanted to do this. The attack at the end [of the final exercise] was a culmination of everything we have done.

“I was tasked as the point man, the one posting the grenade, the first man through the door. Carrying all this kit was hard at first but you get used to it. All of the Section Commanders get a grip of us, it’s a well-oiled machine.”

Other members of the platoon on the final exercise in Norfolk were keen to express their gratitude to the staff of the ITC.

Rifleman Askew, who operated the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during the final attack, said: “The training kicks in and the nerves slip away. You do what you’ve been taught to do. The Section Commanders help us with the pressure.

“This is the closest thing to being in the real situation, this is probably the best infantry training in the world, it’s top of the class.”

aponec-official-20210715-040-015.jpg

So, Virtual Battle Suite?

ARMA III then.
 
"Rifleman Askew, who operated the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during the final attack, said: “The training kicks in and the nerves slip away."

In olden days that was the sort of thing you'd expect to hear from someone talking about the first operation they were on.

"Rifleman Askew, who operated the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during the final attack, said: “The training team kicks you repeatedly and beats you with a lump of 2x4, and the nerves slip away."

That was the olden days in the depot...
 
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"RIGHT LADS, as you know, it's only a basic 3-miler and nothing to worry about. However, as soldiers, we always begin by performing a risk assessment and considering the health and safety aspects of any task. I will be following behind the Platoon in the Land Rover with the medic..."
 
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