I finished a book the other day written by Ray Mears The real Heroes of the Telemark, I mentioned elsewhere on arrse that it was different to his Bushcraft stuff, there are no detailed instructions to craft cutlery from the knee cap of a caribou etc... But then I got to thinkingâ¦. Can you imagine going through basic training with Ray Mears as your NCO? Can you imagine your first field craft lessons? Picture the scene, day one week one the sprog tips up to the QMs for kit issue. Fully expecting arms full of DPM gear, gizmos & itchy blankets, he is handed a fully grown stag and woodcutters knife! A bit bemused the sprog turns to Cpl Mears who has just pulled up in a hand carved Inuit Kayak that he got on the cheep from Taff in exchange for his tax free Escort soft top and Razzle collection. âDonât worry Son thatâs all you need to become a soldierâ Sprog looks back still confused and a little concerned about the Stag now sniffing his bolloc.ks âWeâll have that thing skinned in no time, youâll have yer uniform, from its ribs yer KFS and from its eyeball yer cap badge! The rat pack menus would certainly be interesting.