What happens on Exercise?

Discussion in 'Sappers' started by N-S-N-O, Dec 12, 2007.

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  1. Hello,

    I'm currently applying to be an Electrician in the Royal Engineers.

    I've been reading back through the forum for a while now and come across a number of posts which suggests that combat engineering isn't used much nowadays.

    If that's the case, what would I find myself doing on exercise? I always presumed it would be combat engineering.
  2. Its combat engineering that you do mostly on exercise and its your trade that gets neglected
  3. Thanks for the quick reply :D

    Glad about that, it's the combat engineering side of things which most interests me.
  4. stags "come forward" a hour so you wake the next bloke & then you go back to sleep with minimal distruption. :wink: :D :wink: :D
  5. Work, sleep, work, work some more, then work even more then sleep, then wake up feeling knackerd, work some more and then.......work some more.

    The work phase is normally 'combat engineering', the trade side of life gets left behind (unless you get a good posting).
  6. Get bunged up till end ex sphincter blow out.
  7. you crap in small holes in the woods which you think you've dug 30m from your wagon, then you wake up and the whole wagon has moved to within 1ft of the offending article, and you didn't even bury it. That's exercise for you
  8. Surround yourself with people who smoke like chimneys, drink like fish, bitch/whine/complain about EVERYTHING, and use foul language that would make a teamster blush.

    - Pack three days worth of clothes and toiletries. Live in your backyard for two weeks. Go into the house only once in that two weeks to shower. Dig a hole in your back yard and live in it. Allow no direct contact with your family. Your only means of communication should be with letters that your neighbours have held for at least three weeks, discarding two of five.

    - Every two days, fill in the hole, move to another part of the yard and dig another hole. Every time you are approximately half-way through digging the hole, have somebody come by, compliment you on the fine hole you've dug and tell you to fill it in and dig it somewhere else.

    - Always dig a hole next to the hole you're living in. This is your toilet. Re-dig the hole every time you move your living hole. Fill in the old hole and mark it with a "Foul Ground" sign. Have somebody remove the sign while you're not looking. Dig in that exact space in 1 month's time.

    - Collect a jar-full of ants, dirt, various bugs and mosquitoes. Pour them down the back of your shirt.

    - Have week old fruit and vegetables delivered to your back yard and have your neighbour give you one per day until they all go rotten and have to be thrown out. Watch your neighbour eat as many as he wants, because he's non-tac.

    - If it doesn't rain, turn on the sprinklers.

    - If you're incredibly tired and fed-up one night, stand guard duty in your hole from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Don't sleep at all that day, even though there's nothing to do.

    - Sleep for only twenty minutes at a time. No matter how tired you are. Even though there's nothing to do.

    - Cook your meals in your shaving mug. Eat everything cold. Buy food with instructions in Yiddish, so it never turns out how it should.

    - Eat everything in three minutes. After eating, sit around for two hours, glad you ate everything in 3 minutes.

    - Buy two rolls of toilet paper. Ensure one of these two rolls is wet all the time.

    - Run around your yard, periodically throwing yourself to the ground and crawling for at least 20 meters -- or smack your shins, knees and elbows with a hammer to gain the same effect.

    - For two days in a row, walk 10 kilometres without stopping. Wear a poorly fitting backpack with fifty-five kg of weight in it. Bitch and whine the whole way.

    - When making sandwiches, leave the bread out for six days or until it is hard and stale. Alternatively, put grated carrot, pineapple and tomato on everything so your bread runs down your arm like a liquid.

    - Have one meal a week served to you floating in it's own grease in a large cooler or similar insulated container. Serve coffee, juice and other beverages the same way.
  9. yeah that sounds familiar, and then when your mate is digging his hole half way through the night, borrow a wild boar and get it to snort in his ear, and he says "fcuk off, leave me alone and dig your own hole" before turning around and sees a fcuking great monster behind him and then both run in opposite directions.
  10. Now those were the days. :D
  11. Haha, cheers everyone. Can't wait :D
  12. Sounds like the life!

    Sh!t while you're doing it, sh!tter when you look back :D

    This is the stuff I can't wait for ;)
  13. On Exercise during the early eighties for instance, we were doing our job "in the field", without the home comforts. We slept outide, on wagons, in Barns, or in the open.

    All the while, we were bumped, moved, attacked, tested, and pushed.

    On Exercise, you learn to function (well) "in the field" without mummy, wifey or partner, without common domestic luxuries, and without your usual food. We were mucky, tired, dirty, smelly, cold, and fed up.

    So good luck mate ;-).
  14. Brings back memories of mine warfare exercises on Soltau 69-77,guaranteed to pi*s down for the entire time.
  15. bring back the bridge gallops!!!! c/w reverse strips, narrow sites and a bent bank seat beam just to really p you off at 4 in the morning!!!

    Even better was the Water Points constructed in 3R only for the OC to pull up, fill his water bottle then go 'thanks - STRIP OUT!!!!!'

    Do you lot still do bridge dems on German Bow-String Bridges?