1st 2 weekends is paperwork stuff, basic drill and a pft ( u do pft every weekend u do) next 4 weekends u cover everything u need to kknow, but its all broken down so easy, and its all good fun, i was worried when i first turned up, but theres no need to be, as long as u dont **** about and u respect senior ranks then your have a great time, i got my final 2 weeks next weekend
I have my first RT weekend coming up this weekend, my boots etc are broken in but is there anything that I should go out and buy before the weekend i.e. if I am spending time in the field what about a torch or even more simply polish and brushes.
I have full combats obviously just there are other extras that I would have expected to be advised to take with me on cadet camps (that I attended about 5 years ago) but these have not been mentioned at all but I don't want to go out and buy a load of un-required extras.
My first weekend consisted of:
Friday night brief, Saturday Risk Assessment run, 800 metre warm up then 1.5 run, introduction to the gym. Platoon photo (cost us Â£4 at QE in York). Skill at arms lessons, a night out under a basha and shown how to set it up, eat, wash, shave etc.
Sunday hand in bergen, dossbag (whatever you signed out with) a 2 mile run/speed march, another skill at arms lesson a Chat with a PTI on fitness etc.
You might also like to buy at least a couple of dark green bungies, plus four decent tent pegs. For some reason you only get issued one water bottle, so its a good idea to purchase another or some kind of water carrier bladder thang. Boot polish of course, washing and shaving kit, A5 notebook in a waterproof bag. a SMALL torch is a good idea for the combat camping phase; most blokes end up with headtorches, Petzl seem to be the best.