I've helped out on a couple of recruit training weekends; in case anyone does not know what happens this now consists of two wwkends TA Foundation Scheme ( TAFS ) and then eight weekends one on, one off over two months. Recruits ( Infantry anyway ) then go to catterick for two weeks CIC. In the training I've seen, the one thing that really stands out, for me, is the length of the day for the recruits. They are usually up at 05.30 on saturady for PT, and then wash shave etc and have lessons until the early evening. Friday night is late waiting for the transport to disgorge them so its more often than not gone 0100 before they get their heads down. The result of this is that come saturday afternoon, they are ( understandably ) starting to nod off. Sunday sees another early start, same nodding head result. The DS have an uphill struggle particularly with classroom work - I think the days are just too long. I know that as Trained Soldiers we are expected to get along on minimal / disrupted sleep, but for new joiners its a very difficult task and their assimilation of information suffers. What can be done? Am I alone in thinking, "what can be cut?" Do we really need quite such an emphasis on NBC instruction, for example? I'd welcome comment from both RRTT staff and recently trained soldiers.