Support weapons courses

#1
Hi, just wondering if there are chances for Royal Signals soldiers to get on support weapons courses, such as learning to fire the GPMG, HMG etc. If so, are these types of courses only available to certain trades? Thanks.
 
#5
You will only get sight of these courses if you are at a CSR deploying on Herrick.

Even then, unless you are part of SFPTC, not a chance.
 

Pararegtom

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#6
No one touches either HMG or ATK at depot now. Para reg only do GPMG to WHT standard at depot.
So the modern British Tom(Inf) is not an all rounder when he leaves Depot. Thats fecking Sad, all down to cost I presume?
 
#7
Its not the end of the world - all the blokes leaving training will be joining their Battalions either conducting pre-deployment training, or with it in sight. They'll have their hands on the .50 cal and all sorts of weapons in the UK, and as part of RSOI in theatre - not to mention all sorts of kit which didn't exist or weren't common in the past.

When Herrick ends, the kit will end up in the hands of the Battalions most likely to deploy.

Today's soldier is no weaker, and no less rounded than those who came out of Depot Para in the 80s.

So, not really a drama, to be honest.
 

Pararegtom

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#8
Its not the end of the world - all the blokes leaving training will be joining their Battalions either conducting pre-deployment training, or with it in sight. They'll have their hands on the .50 cal and all sorts of weapons in the UK, and as part of RSOI in theatre - not to mention all sorts of kit which didn't exist or weren't common in the past.

When Herrick ends, the kit will end up in the hands of the Battalions most likely to deploy.



Today's soldier is no weaker, and no less rounded than those who came out of Depot Para in the 80s.

So, not really a drama, to be honest.
Thanks for that Brief CC.
 

daywalker

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#9
Its not the end of the world - all the blokes leaving training will be joining their Battalions either conducting pre-deployment training, or with it in sight. They'll have their hands on the .50 cal and all sorts of weapons in the UK, and as part of RSOI in theatre - not to mention all sorts of kit which didn't exist or weren't common in the past.

When Herrick ends, the kit will end up in the hands of the Battalions most likely to deploy.

Today's soldier is no weaker, and no less rounded than those who came out of Depot Para in the 80s.

So, not really a drama, to be honest.
As I screw at depot I would have to disagree with that I'm afraid.
 
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Zarathustra

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#10
No one touches either HMG or ATK at depot now. Para reg only do GPMG to WHT standard at depot.
How long has this been going on for? Although not Para when I went through Catterick we did RGGS, GPMG, 51mm Mortar and 94mm and this was only 9 years ago
 

daywalker

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#11
How long has this been going on for? Although not Para when I went through Catterick we did RGGS, GPMG, 51mm Mortar and 94mm and this was only 9 years ago
Only things taught and fired now are rifle and LMG, UGL is done to WHT standard and para recruits are the only ones to do GPMG to WHT standard. Been going on for a while now.
 
#12
So the modern British Tom(Inf) is not an all rounder when he leaves Depot. Thats fecking Sad, all down to cost I presume?
When I went through ITC as a sprog, the only A/T or SP weapons we got to play with were the 94 and 51, first got hands on GPMG at NITAT, and HMG / GMG during PDT for herrick.

It was embarrasing doing PDT alongside the bootnecks, they couldn't believe it...
 
#15
216 were quite keen on their weapons training for H13, got (comparatively) a fair bit of hands on with HMG and GMG including range days in the build up to and in PDT, didn't touch anything else though
 
#17
To reply to Acid Crash i must have imagined the GPMG,LMG,Rifle and Sig Sauer 226 training and Ranges then prior to H13.
 
#19
Support weapons are only used by specialised platoons in the inf.. machine guns/anti tanks are gay compared to mortars (81mm not the baby one).
 

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