Points of phase one training that need to be improved due to a change in standards of recruits. 1. The course should be extended to allow more PT. The fitness of a new recruit is lower than that of the past. The Field Army standards remain the same so there has to be longer to train recruits to this standard. At present this isn't happening, and the Field Army has to waste time giving recruits extra training to pass a BPFA. 2. Recruits of today are less capable at manual skills and require more weapon training to allow them to pass mandatory tests on their personal weapons, as WHT's are a nightmare and the skills are suffering as a result. APWT's are disasters and there is far too much wastage putting recruits through them who are not prepared for them. 3. More time in the field has to be spent as recruits must "stretch their comfort zone" if they are to be comfortable out of doors. 4. Language skills must be improved for Foreign and Commonwealth recruits, as far too many are passing the RSC tests with an inadequate grasp of English. There should be a course for them after RSC, before phase one as we need the recruits. 5. Illiteracy in recruits should be a RSC problem, not a phase one problem and tests at RSC should be more detailed to recognise these recruits. 6. Majors and above should work closer with recruits and realise how exasperating they can be, especially JE recruits. Mature Section Commanders and other platoon staff should have more Mission Command when it comes to discipling and reccomendations for back squadding and UFAS. These points are the tip of the iceberg, and require attention if the Army is to retain its current level of superb efficency. The government should place more money in the Army bubget to allow for this, or pay soldiers in the Field Army more, to increase retention.