Was your battalion and the other two in the RRF well manned? or in the battalions of the Queens Div as a whole?IIRC, if a recruit said he wanted out he was usually gone that day. Sometimes he might be told think about it and come back tomorrow, but not often. The discharge took about 3-4 weeks to process, and once started if he decided he wanted to stay, tough. The first recruit left our platoon after about three days, we started with forty (?) and had maybe ten or eleven originals out of twenty one at Pass Out.
I watched that series at the time, I might have been influenced to join by it but I knew I was not fit enough for Para Reg.
Stonker was a Pl. Commander at Bassingbourn, his experience, earlier than mine, may have been different.