Having just attended the pre-deployment training ran by the OPTAG team down at the lovely LYDD, just a few things to get off my chest. Lowest common denominator: Although i appreciate that this training is aimed at the lowest common denominator of the British Army, i personally find it a bit of an insult being taught A-Z and SCRIM, amongst other things such as contact reports and the like. Instructor enthusiasm: Can't fault the training team (CSgt's) on their enthusiasm in the face of adversity i.e. numerous TA soldiers who blatantly don't give a toss about the training and demonstrate the mentality of a trained chimp. TA Soldiers: As previously mentioned, perhaps it should be considered running a seperate package for these numptys (it is accepted however that there was a minority of TA soldiers who were a credit to themselves). Regs letting down their Units: Some regular soldiers were doing themselves no favours by letting themselves be sucked into a don't give a monkeys attitude about the training. MoD covering their ARRSE: Any thoughts on the reason this training became compulsory, perhaps an exercise in covering ones arrse... Your thoughts are appreciated.