There is a growing requirement to increase the amount and variety of basic skills and knowledge that soldiers require and therefore the burden to deliver more in the same or less time increases. The latest cry is "New Basics", or in simple terms what should or could the Army be focussing on now in the light of experiences in Iraq/Afghanistan and our vision of future conflict to embedd teh critical skills and drills that every soldier, regardless of rank needs. The simplistic view of left, right, left, gas, gas, gas and targets fall when hit is not an answer (the complexity of modern soldiering under the media spotlight and reliant on technology (comms, navigation, Counter IED etc) has seen to that. Similar to the US Army's Warrior Programme re-write last Summer what are the fundamentals and to what depth do they need to be taught? So given 14 weeks, is rifle drill a fundamental skill every soldier should have (within the context of its utility) or can that wait until Phase II or in the build up to a parade whilst we teach him or her how to shoot better, is Counter IED more important than PT and should we focus on Values and Standards and introducing healthy lifestyle over teaching pistol and belt fed weapons (not currently taught to non-infantry Phase 1). Appreciating some may question the question but what do you think?