OP HERRICK

#1
Ive just volunteered to go on OP HERRICK an i was just wondering how much weight the overall kit that you patrol with is? Also what PT should i be doing to get me fit enough to do my job with regards to heat, kit weight etc. Oh yeah an is there any gucci kit that i shud buy for the tour?

Any info wud be most appreciated

Cheers guys
 
#5
Monster said:
What do you mean should you do any PT to be fit enough to do your job. You should always be fit enough to do your job.
Mental note:
don't bother asking for any info when I go.

Really helpful.....what a ******* tool.
The boy deserves a pat on the back, not a stupid come back.
Get a grip you waste of a skin.


Micbrasier: best of luck mate.
 
#6
You can't acclimatise in the UK. You have to be in the Gan for ten days doing crap jobs and basic PT to acclimatise and you should be able to pass your MATTS, BPFA and CFT before they will deploy you. It also depends what your role will be to what OPTAG package they load you on to, which will prepare you for your specific role.

In my opinion I think it was a bone question as well.

NC
 
#8
Strangely_Brown_RM said:
Patrolling with weapon, body armour, full stores (inc ammo and water) and daysack, 70lbs plus.
Tis true...Even the patrol medics hump some nasty weight. Just hope that it is mounted and you get to sit in a rolling bullet magnet. Just try not to look to special i.e. If your medic lose the red cross and don't attach all sorts of gucci med kit to the outside of your bergen.

But give us an idea of what you will be doing? What is your trade or role when deployed? And I hope you don't answer with something like chef (no disrespect chefs) it would just be a crap question if he is.

NC
 
#9
micbrasier said:
Ive just volunteered to go on OP HERRICK an i was just wondering how much weight the overall kit that you patrol with is? Also what PT should i be doing to get me fit enough to do my job with regards to heat, kit weight etc. Oh yeah an is there any gucci kit that i shud buy for the tour?

Any info wud be most appreciated

Cheers guys
My bold, I do apologise I did not take this bit in when I first read It.

I don't know If this is any use to you, but I have trained for races In warm climates and used a tread mill In a warm room.
Another thing you could try Is wearing more layers the you normally wood when out training, just remember to keep well hydrated when doing anything like this.
 
#10
Monster said:
I don't know If this is any use to you, but I have trained for races In warm climates and used a tread mill In a warm room.
Another thing you could try Is wearing more layers the you normally wood when out training, just remember to keep well hydrated when doing anything like this.
Please tell me this is a wah!?

Just get as fit as you can before deploying, but don't break yourself with huge weight or ''wearing wooly pullies'. Circuits, fartlek, hill walking (with a day sack, nothing too heavy) in your own time will sort you out, and try to keep it interesting.

Leave the belt kit, day sack/bergan, boot, body armour acclimatisation until to you reach unit/OPTAG where you'll do all the heavy phys you need, ie. Stage 5 live firing and a bit of bayonet fighting (you'll look a bit odd doing this at home). As already alluded to, you'll acclimatise to the heat in theatre, supervised by experts.

Please, please, do not think that doing press ups in a sauna is going to sort you out.

dpm
 
#11
No It is not a wah, I and other people I have meet have done this, I did not mean a sauna or anything that extreme.

But like you have stated as long as he turns up fit enough his OPTAG will sort him out with all he needs.
 

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#12
This reminds me of the BBC's series 'Empire Warriors' which had an episode on Lt Col Colin "Mad Mitch" Mitchell and the Argyls in Aden. His way of preparing his Battalion for a summer tour in South Arabia was to have them work out in full kit, with the heating in the gymnasium turned up full blast.

Worked for them apparently.
 
#13
Monster said:
No It is not a wah, I and other people I have meet have done this, I did not mean a sauna or anything that extreme.

But like you have stated as long as he turns up fit enough his OPTAG will sort him out with all he needs.
It must be a Wah! You can only acclimatise to an environment when your there. There are so many variables: Increased work load, stress, Altitude, Weather patterns, Time zone changes, extreme heat differences during the night and day.

Think about what your saying before you post. You sound like a mentalist telling people to train in more clothing to adapt to an environment. Do you walk around town naked when your training to go to Norway?

Maintain your fitness and theory to the required standards for your job and you will have no problems.

I don't even know why I am replying, what a crap forum. I have finished off my belt feed rant and I'm popping smoke to somewhere else.

NC
 
#15
Don't confuse negativity with practical, experienced advice (not from me, clearly) from people who have served in theatre, that happens to contradict some pretty awful suggestions.

Good luck when you get out there. It is a brilliant country, IMHO.

dpm
 
#17
The number you need is that of your RHQ (speak your Pl Comd first), not that of Land.

msr
 
#18
ourunionjack said:
has anyone got the number for land i volunteerd for afghanistan 6 weeks ago and not receveid my papers yet so can anyone help cheers
There are some mental f*ckers on here. Yeah here is the number for land: 0800-get a grip. You can't just go ringing land because you want to get on tour. There is probably a good reason why you are not there yet and they probably know that you asked and have you on a list. Use the chain of command you kretin.

NC
 
#19
Surely there is a PTI there you can ask for advice ? Personally I'd do something like 3 runs a week -a 10 miler, some sprints
in sets. [5 x 400m with a 200m recovery walk in between. ] And a 5 mile
run cross country with hills and carrying 2 x 2kg dumbells. End it with
2 maxed sets of situps and pressups and heaves if you. Once a week or fortnight do a long walking trek across steep hills with 15kg on your back.
Every other week switch the 5 miles with an awesome fartlek session.

Finally fit in 2 long circuit sessions a week. If you dont have a gym nearby
that will provide this then join a boxing club where they do a good fitness
circuit in their training sessions.

Once you are out in Afghan, your body will adjust itself to the heat over
5-10 days, the fitter you are the better your body will handle that adjustment and the challenges beyond it..
 
#20
Lucent said:
Surely there is a PTI there you can ask for advice ? Personally I'd do something like 3 runs a week -a 10 miler, some sprints
in sets. [5 x 400m with a 200m recovery walk in between. ] And a 5 mile
run cross country with hills and carrying 2 x 2kg dumbells. End it with
2 maxed sets of situps and pressups and heaves if you. Once a week or fortnight do a long walking trek across steep hills with 15kg on your back.
Every other week switch the 5 miles with an awesome fartlek session.

Finally fit in 2 long circuit sessions a week. If you dont have a gym nearby
that will provide this then join a boxing club where they do a good fitness
circuit in their training sessions.

Once you are out in Afghan, your body will adjust itself to the heat over
5-10 days, the fitter you are the better your body will handle that adjustment and the challenges beyond it..
This looks just about right, and I'm sweating just thinking about it...

You a PTI Lucern? Good advice.

dpm
 
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