Well chaps have we decided what Mike should take? That’s based on whether he passes his main board and gets to RMAS in 2013 There are quite a lot of hurdles their Mike!
I think the laptop is the best bet and don’t believe some of the bollocks on this thread from our off duty PC world salesmen and the OPSEC expert on devices in MOD establishments. In my day a sharp pencil and a good ink filled Parker pen covered all the stops.
Unfortunately, it will be wise to take an anti-theft security cable with you. Hate to say it, but stuff in RMAS has an equal chance of learning to walk as it has in a Barrack Block. Unless things have changed radically.
Not as of yet. I get that pleasure on January 6th.
The toothbrush comment is just something I was told by a friend who commissioned - Accurate or not it does remind you that, when it comes to room inspections, everything has an allocated place and I doubt a desktop filling up a desk would be very welcome.
Well in that case I'll keep hold of the padlock just to be safe and may look in to a security cable - for what they cost, I suppose it's better safe than sorry.
I've been told before that following week five you're treated with a little more respect and the focus is more on training you than testing you. I'm just looking forward to a real challenge! Thankfully not so long to wait though as I'm heading down to ASE on Sunday for a nice 12 week taster session of RMAS - apparently it's wining and dining with a bit of phys thrown in but I guess I'll see soon enough.
Guessing by the screen name that you went infantry after your commission?
Back in the day - in Victory College at least - we had a lockable section in our underbed drawers where we used to keep SLRs, GPMGs etc etc, over the lunch break if we were using them in the afternoon, rather than putting them back in the arms khote. A good, strong Milletts padlock was certain to keep them safe and secure...
I understand that soon there will no longer be the pilgrimmage from Old College after Juniors when moving a desktop would be an extra pain.
Internet through WiFinity is available in all colleges now and even during weeks 1-5, or so I am told.
Laptops are more transportable, especially when you are having to make presentations to the Platoon for DITS, orders, DIA and war studies etc. It also means you can watch a film in the corridor during bulling parades. By being more maneuverable you can also take them away on long weekends/leave more easily.
A cheap laptop or a tablet is far more useful post RMAS as well. I haven't spent more than four months in one location in the last 2 and 1/2 years and have been grateful for a laptop when sat in some godawful transit camp/on tour etc.
Ultimately, yes, you can take a desktop but consider investing in a laptop. An expensive addition to the Sandhurst kit list (on which most people spend about £1000 in any event and flap about grey flannels etc. most of which they do not need and then have to spend yet more in the PRI on useful kit like drybags, map cases etc)