Some really useful advice there for the young bloke.
Aside from all the usual keep your nose clean stuff, the current SMI (SSM) WILL kick you of the course if you get a Student Progress Report (SPR) twice or get done for drink driving etc. He has even got a student kicked out of the army.
Apart from that he is a nice bloke.
Head down learn and dont get arrested/go AWOL.
Any more constructive advice just ask.
When you get on Excavators phase make sure you get your mate to sit in the bucket and spin it around as fast as you can with top revs and no stabilisers down. M8 the instructors will think you are a right card. They might make you up on the spot. Also another top tip is to put the backhoe as far down as possible lifting the back wheels in the air. Do the same to the front bucket so the front wheels are in the air. Put the machine in to 4th gear. Put the machine on full revs and then climb on top of the cab doing star jumps shouting look at me, look at me SMI. He will laugh his head off.