Part C (2 Weeks) of the New Recruits course

#1
So, I've just completed parts A and B of my recruits course and in 2 weeks time I will be off to part C for my 2 weeks course. I have a few questions for those who have already completed this course under the new system.

Basically I'm looking for info on what I will be completing on this course and what you thought about it. Any tips that you have or any knowledge that you can share would be of great help.

I'd also like some tips on the sort of kit (non issued) that you found really helpfull or you wish you'd taken with you.

If you're about to attend this course please feel free to PM me!
 
#2
Try your hardest to take an iron and ironing board (preferably decent ones), some starch and loads of boot polish. You can usually buy stuff there, but Naafi prices are relatively a rip-off if you're tight on cash.

From what I remember, on mine at Grantham they didn't let you take anything into the field that would give you an unfair advantage over other soldiers, whether that was a one-off or whether thats just Grantham I don't know - so whilst thermos mugs, mini gas cookers and Buffalo jackets are great when you're a trained soldier, I'd be wary of buying stuff like that now.

A radio for when you're in your own time is always comforting to have, whilst you're doing your kit.

An outdoor knife is usually useful (you don't need to have a massive blade), some black electrical tape, some zinc tape (available from Boots - to tape up your feet prior to tabs).

Again - I have no idea how it is now, but I wished I'd took a few more pieces of personal clothing, as you'll probably be wearing it after you're dismissed for the day.

A laundry bag (one of those white linen nets) - quite useful if you want to bung your stuff in a washing machine with a few other peeps.

I'll post if I think of anything more, but that's all that came to mind straight away.
 
#3
norfolk_n_chance said:
so whilst thermos mugs, mini gas cookers and Buffalo jackets are great when you're a trained soldier, I'd be wary of buying stuff like that now.
Is that the consensus, or is it just Grantham? What about Bassingbourne?
 
#5
The new Phase 1 training seems to be:

Phase 1A: 3 Weekends Run by Unit

Phase 1B: 4 Weekends Run by your Brigade Training Team

Phase 1C: 2 Week CMS(R) run by the Regulars

I THINK!
 
#6
Praetorian said:
The new Phase 1 training seems to be:

Phase 1A: 3 Weekends Run by Unit

Phase 1B: 4 Weekends Run by your Brigade Training Team

Phase 1C: 2 Week CMS(R) run by the Regulars

I THINK!
Yikes. Isn't that a shorter basic training than before? Is stuff cut out or is it just organised to deliver stuff more effectively?

Edited to add: By stuff, I mean, ya know, training wiv gunz and gass maskz and stuff.

*switches off Mong Lobes*
 
#8
Nope, it is currently as follows.

CMS(R)

Phase 1A&B - 6 Weekends run by the Brigade at Malta Barracks (however 3PWRR are now conducting their own training at Farnham.
Phase 1C - 3 Weekends run by Brigade at Malta Barracks.
Phase 2 - CIC (2 Weeks)at Catterick run by Regs, or other Special to Arm course.
 
#11
For us, we had Selection and Induction at our Unit, which is two weekends. Then we have Part A which is two weekends covering pretty much what we did in Selection and Induction. Then part B consists of 4 weekends where you learn the skills that you will need for part C. Then we have Part C which is a 2 week course.

My part C is in Grantham and I will be going on 23rd Feb.

I have been to Bassingbourne before as I did a short stint in the regs and we were allowed to take whatever we wanted in the field, the more the better in fact as it added to the weight in our Burgens! But that was 6 years ago, things might have changed.

I never thought of bringing an ironing board, but I always take an iron. I figured they might have that there. But I think I will take my own!
 
#12
Flash_Eliminator said:
For us, we had Selection and Induction at our Unit, which is two weekends. Then we have Part A which is two weekends covering pretty much what we did in Selection and Induction. Then part B consists of 4 weekends where you learn the skills that you will need for part C. Then we have Part C which is a 2 week course.

My part C is in Grantham and I will be going on 23rd Feb.

I have been to Bassingbourne before as I did a short stint in the regs and we were allowed to take whatever we wanted in the field, the more the better in fact as it added to the weight in our Burgens! But that was 6 years ago, things might have changed.

I never thought of bringing an ironing board, but I always take an iron. I figured they might have that there. But I think I will take my own!
Thats the process at my lot

Phase 1A = Unit run, x amount of drill nights and 2 w/e
Phase 1B = x amount of drill nights at unit plus 4 w/e at Bde
Phase 1C = 2 weeks CMSR

Phase 2 = ???? Skill to arm training
 
#13
I'm doing a 2 week course down at Winchester in March. from what I gather it's all the weekends condensed into a 2 week stint. It's not CIC though. I still have to do that later.
 
#14
Just to add my 2 cents worth,
1a TAFS 1 & 2, TAFS 1 run at unit level, for now, April may see changes.
TAFS 2 run by RTCs
Part 1b dependant on Arm/service ALL do 4 weeks, then the OA&S depart for their part 1c, run by the ATRs, Inf stay on for further 3 weeks prior to CIC (their part 1C) run by RTCs

This is as laid down by Land, so there!
 
#15
Flash_Eliminator said:
I never thought of bringing an ironing board, but I always take an iron. I figured they might have that there. But I think I will take my own!
Ikea sell mini ones, will fit in the bottom of an issued black holdall.
 
#17
They had washing machines and tumble dryers when I went there a couple of years ago. Unfortunately there were few of them, so usually there was a long backlog queue of people getting their kit washed - hence if you buy a linen net (or maybe a few - for you and your mates) then you can all bang your stuff in together.

There was a Naafi (but was a dry course), Spar and a PRI shop open.

There were no kettles in the blocks - if you can, I'd take your own.
 
#18
We had to do all our washing in the sink at Bassingborne because of the 2 day turn around for washing....and there was no washer in our block.

I'd take a little kettle, can't beat a brew in the evening.
 
#19
Bring decent iron definitely with possibly a water sprayer, zinc oxide tape for your CFT, heat spray - useful as your muscles will ache, plenty of snacks, ie. mars bars, boiled sweets. Bring drink you can dilute (squash) with lots of bottled water as cookhouse drinks are usually watery and then that's it, unless naafi drinks and then you are spending your cash unnecessarily. Take cash with you, but not a large amount. A camera, for when you are stood down - a bit of fun goes a long way!

Take washing soap for hand washing clothes, a lint roller is also useful, extra pair of trouser elastics, lastly if you are travelling by car, use it as a mobile wardrobe - you will be glad that you have somewhere to put all those unwanted items that are taking up space in your locker.
Above all enjoy and good luck!!
:thumright:
 
#20
take the kit as per the kit list and a sensayooma

my mate rocked up in his car with a TV, DVD player and stereo system. when we knocked off at 4pm everyday, we watched DVDs while cleaning our rifles & other admin. escaped the camp on the last night for a few drinks too :thumright:

the DS took a "relaxed" attitude towards training as most of us were aged 22-25 so less likely to fck them around than the youngsters, and had been in for a while as recruits so knew most of the drills. there was even one bloke who had been a recruit for 3 years but had never *quite* made it to his 2 week course beforehand

a great 2 weeks. lost 1/2 stone, loads of enjoyable but not taxing phys, sunshine everyday. would have stayed there for 6 months if the option was available

but it was all-arms and at another ATR...
 

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