I'm off on a course next week, and finally got the papers about it through the post yesterday (I applied at the start of August). Apart from the usual stuff, there was a small folder included about training for the course, in which it stated that it was included due to the numbers of people who turn up for the course unprepared. The standards expected aren't totally insane, but they are somewhat different to the standards throughout the rest of the Defence forces. How can they expect people to get in shape for the course in a week? If they've had problems with peoples' fitness on previous courses, surely it would have been sensible to send this a month or two ago?