Teaching The Infantry To Drive - At Last

#1
I hear that the infantry are to be taught to drive. Apparently the B vehicle licence will be delivered during the CIC course at Catterick and the C vehicle (LGV) will be delivered when the lads arrive in battalion. Chuffed. Got to be good for retention in training and for getting blokes ready for ops.

Lets hope the rumours are true.... :D
 
#2
Think it is a reflection of the current need - we had 60 Cat C drivers in the Company when we deployed, real pain getting everyone trained in time to deploy. Lots of UOR vehicles, all requiring a Cat C licence and the Infantry being required to drive them. Earlier licence gained = more time to train on other stuff etc.

I understand already recruits at Catterick receive a Cat C provisional licence in basic training and B vehicle theory training is about to start. Got to be good.
 
#4
I would have thought that driving is one of life's essential skills and should be taught as a matter of course to all youngsters, a bit like swimming.
I commenced teaching my lad at age thirteen and boy they pick it up quickly at that stage. Age fifteen is the legal age here though they are thinking of raising it.
Surely the Army would have it that everyone could drive.
 
#5
WIMIK/MWMIK/Snatch/Wolf cant drive themselves. You require Cat C to drive all these, and you cant get that until you have Cat B. So yes, about time this was done.
 
#6
I hope that's the case, as the only way of getting a driving cadre in my day was by bribing the MTWO with a bottle of scotch. When i finally started driving , myself and the instructor had a slagging match in the middle of Aldershot as he told me i was a waste of rations etc etc. Ended up doing it in civvy street :)
 
#7
Gaz3447 said:
WIMIK/MWMIK/Snatch/Wolf cant drive themselves. You require Cat C to drive all these, and you cant get that until you have Cat B. So yes, about time this was done.
The above is just the beginning - Roll on - RIDGEBACK, WOLFHOUND, HUSKY, COYOTE, R-WMIK, SNATCH VIXEN, SNATCH 2, SPRINGER, blah, blah, blah. Okay, I lied SPRINGER isn't Cat C, but it made the list bigger! I managed to get a quick look around RIDGEBACK today, a tidy looking little brother to MASTIFF.
 
#9
Say again over? :?
 
#11
This is where I let someone who knows the answer to that question step in.
 
#12
Given the amount of vehicles the Inf now have to drive, I can see why it is a good thing in both an operational sense and a recruiting sense.... not sure about retention, esp after training for the C licence but we'll see what happens.

As mentioned above driving is practically an essential life skill now adays.

Perhaps the training at CIC will be on the weekend? Or will they extend teh course?
 
#13
Obviously never worked with the infantry before, how many tours have you done where everything nowadays you have to hold a cat c license to be able to drive it.
 
#14
i would it would be at the end once you have completed the course, getting the course completed would be the priority and not your license. Some people on getting there license first, may think stuff the course look what the Army has given me. Thats just my personel opinion
 
#15
dogguk said:
Obviously never worked with the infantry before, how many tours have you done where everything nowadays you have to hold a cat c license to be able to drive it.
Say again?

Are you suggesting that not all vehicles require C, or that the Inf regularly drive with out licences?
 
#16
roadster280 said:
Welcome to Arrse!

Infantry = foot soldiers, no? Surely only the Warrior/Helibedford drivers need the license?
All infanteers are to be mobile in vehicles by 2010.

"ACSO's" will take over all the foot duties and interaction with the local civillian population freeing up soldiers to tackle the enemy.

:D
 
#17
This is going to be one of those 'When I'.....When I joined :lol: boss aksed me can I drive...I said sure. Asked the same question with 432's ...said sure....same with Chieftain.....thats just how it was. You got in, had an old hand teach you how to switch on and off you went. Driving courses indeed!
 
#18
Smucking-FartARRSE said:
Gaz3447 said:
WIMIK/MWMIK/Snatch/Wolf cant drive themselves. You require Cat C to drive all these, and you cant get that until you have Cat B. So yes, about time this was done.
The above is just the beginning - Roll on - RIDGEBACK, WOLFHOUND, HUSKY, COYOTE, R-WMIK, SNATCH VIXEN, SNATCH 2, SPRINGER, blah, blah, blah. Okay, I lied SPRINGER isn't Cat C, but it made the list bigger! I managed to get a quick look around RIDGEBACK today, a tidy looking little brother to MASTIFF.
mmmm SNATCH VIXON. Sounds so damn diiiirty.
 
#19
Though not as filthy as SNATCH VIXEN...
 

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