So, as the title suggests, any thoughts from the weekend just gone? Starter for 10, I thought the Saturday was good. It was bloody hard work at times but that's what we (mostly) joined for isn't it? It was great to get out on the ground doing infantry stuff, can anyone remember the last patrols comp we ran? Three years ago I think. I also liked how they worked the Nav and CFT MATTS into it, it made doing your MATTS hugely more interesting and relevant- it's how it should be done. Lets have some more please. Maybe a thought for next year if you're reading this CO, Sir, (I know you're on ARRSE), it would be simple to have BCD and NBC stands, perhaps instead of the observation stand and the putting up a fcuking 9x9 tent stand (stupid idea that by the way, who was responsible for that idiocy?). This would A) Give people more of an incentive to take part in the competition as they'd knock out 4 MATTS in one go and B) Result in better training. BCD=Good training value. Putting up a tent=Pointless tasks which leaves the lads thinking it's only been included to fcuk them around a bit cos HQ Coy can't be fcuked to run a proper stand (big suprise). If you can book a training area with a range, you could even have a stand which included the APWT. What a refreshing weekend that would be- an interesting, challenging and enjoyable weekend where you do a series of tasks relevant to the job we'll be doing in Afghanistan next year, in competition against teams from your own and other companies, AND get your MATTS (Less V&S, even I'm not suggesting we incorporate that into a patrols comp!!) out of the way at the same time. It would be fan-fcuking-tastic. Negative points, I think the stands could have been closer together, it was a pity that not all the teams, through no fault of their own, weren't allowed by the DS to do the last stand they reached, whichever one it was, due to the time. A few km less of tabbing wouldn't have detracted much from the exercise, seeing as the aim of the game is training, and surely you gain a lot more from doing a stand and the debrief afterwards than you do from just trudging up a track for an extra hour? The Sunday was nosh IMHO. No training value whatsoever, the DSs hearts weren't in it, and despite wanting to, we weren't let do a proper OP. I'm sorry if this sounds too harsh, but being told the whole section needed to be in extended line so that everyone could see whats going on just isn't cricket. Especially when you can see three other teams watching the same location, who you're just told to ignore. Doesn't add to the realism... And as for the "contact" at the end, next time you want to get rid of buckshee ammo, just let us Beirut unload. It's more fun, and quicker. Or just tell us to loose it. The final parade was a nice touch, apart from the whole clean pressed set of combats thing. If it had been a barrack weekend, yeah, I'd totally agree. But if you're in the field for two nights, I fail to see the advantage of making blokes carry a spare set of combats around with them just so that they'll look smart for half an hour before they're dismissed. It just adds to the bloke's sense of getting fcuked about for no good reason. I realise my last two paragraphs are a bit critical, so I'll try to finish on a high note. I thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday, there were 4 good stands there along with the 1 pointless one which I already mentioned. The tabs in between had the Trg Maj's stamp all over them, especially the monster one between C and HQ Coy stands!! Nonetheless, it was really good to get out in the field getting dirty and tired, but going home with a real sense of having achieved something notable. Not to mention wiping out two MATTS!