1987 one of my training screws came in pissed, beat up a member of my section, and stuffed him in a gray boot locker, told us to leave him there till the morning. When he got out of it he had a broken arm. Back in the day COs used to send their worst NCOs to depot to get rid of them, and ironically the best volunteered. I thought that had changed until I had a short but painful stint at Pirbright as a Screw. (Inf glue required as the platoon Sgt got caught CDT, disco biscuits and sniff). Some of the All arms instructors were shocking. Never did Phys with the troops, unfit, overweight and lacked leadership qualities. Some tried far to hard to be Inf. RE and RA best of the bunch, RMP and AAC, RLC mostly awful. Although the female RLC Sgt who took over after 6 months was dynamite. Most Bullies I knew were shite soldiers anyway. Those who made it all the way were generally, nasty, hard bastards, fit and able to reduce your moral to zero. Horrible combination of a creature mostly found patrolling the corridors of the Inf Battle school Snr/Junr tac wing. Probably the last place to change in the late 90s. Being a good Cnut steady “C” pass on both courses required a fair amount of dedication and preparation on my behalf. No hiding at that place .. was I shite .. probably, depends on who you ask.
I could see as a recruit that Infantry basic training wasn't bringing out the best in people. For all the talk about teamwork, camaraderie, and looking after each other, there was an underlying dog eat dog mentality and some extremely selfish and callous attitudes.
There was also a lot of talk about individual initiative, but relentless drill, bulling, and block cleaning (plus a set piece 'monkey see monkey do' approach to field training) pretty much stifled it's development.
To the limited extent that leadership was taught, it involved shouting at people to make them do what you wanted...