Gday, With any luck in a couple of months Ill be starting the recruit course for the Paras and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on some useful bits of kit for this specific course? Just a quick note about my background, I was in the Australian Army Reserve for two years before moving to the UK to join the Parachute Regiment, after having spent some time on exercise with an Airborne unit and taking a liking to it (I mention this just to avoid the usual response of 'learn to use the issue kit first' etc). What Im after is not big things like bivvy bags or an aftermarket sleeping bag, which I know I wont have a snowballs chance in hell of using, but small things like gear for shining boots etc. For example, when I did my recruit course back in Aus we had brass keepers for our belts that had to be sanded down then highly polished, which was just another one of those bastard tedious tasks that we could have done without. Had I known about this beforehand Id have brought along a small Dremel like tool to speed up the process on the sly, or at least some different grades of sandpaper than those on offer from the Corps shop. Do Para recruits have stuff that needs sanding/polishing etc? Any ideas would be appreciated most highly .