i was wondering if anyone has recently done their phase 1 training, on the kit list it says to take a waterproof coat, i was wondering if you used it much and when you used it (out on exercise or just around barracks)?
thanks for any info.
You will get A - chav mongs who can't pack for themself and don't know what a warm winter coat is or B - lads who grew up without a pot to piss in who turn up straight from a care home with just a change of clothes and a toothbrush in a bin bag.
Both struggle with having to do all the grown up things for them self, like having a proper wardrobe for real life that does not consist of cheap sportswear, thats because no one has taught them how to.
That's why they include such a literal packing list.
Get a decent civvy fleece or if you are feeling flush a thin down jacket and get a water proof shell to layer over it if it's raining. You are a grown up now so you need to be able to dress like one. You will be wanting a decent suit later as well.
I certainly recall being pulled for not owning a white dress shirt when I arrived at Bn, I answered honestly that I hadnt ever been told to get one and surely if I need one for a duty the army will issue me one. I had been volunteered to do mess waiter for a big bash and as it happpens the mess staff were all issued white shirts but the mess sgt didnt want to issue ones out for one night stands.
I did turn up at Shornecliffe in a shirt and tie and stood out as most lads wore jeans then. Although on the first leave we were inspected before getting on the bus and I was shown as an example of how they wanted us to dress, smatrt plain shirt and trs, non regimental tie and a lightweight jacket or coat.
I felt I looked a **** and like everyone else got changed on the train into jeans, DMs and tracksuit top!