For some time now my Battalion has been training for H15. This has taken the form mandated by Director, Infantry Employment - DIE. ( surely the most unfortunate acronym in NATO? ) It has seen a good deal of weapon training and shooting, as well as exercises in Urban Operations and Convoy Drills with the Loggies. This weekend saw a fundamental change in emphasis in that the training was solely for the H15 cohort, and involved docs checks ( no doubt the first of many ); a welfare brief, Hep A jab, C-IED / VALLON; HLS marking, intro to Influence; a presentation from a recently-returned JTAC and a stroll around an airfield in Operational Fitness Test ( OFT ) 3. The medics checked for ears, weighed us and the MO made grown men hop, skip and jump mainly because she could. What was noticeable to me was the unspoken mood that this was not training for an exercise, it was training for combat operations in Afghanistan. ( OK, the point may have been made a tad vocally by somebody, but it seemed to sink in. ) The future holds time with 4 PARA, a week led by 5RRF as well as in-house stuff. I feel sure that the guys are particularly looking forward to OFT 6, aka ACFT 2 - seperates the boys from the men, and the men from their lunches. Good weekend.