Sexbomb, if thats what you look like I think you may want to see the MO about that jaundice, and FYI, QR's say something about dyed hair being similar to natural colour. I mean blue hair? I ask you, whats the world coming to?
An amusing scenario I can forsee is clued up recruit rocking up to ATR Somethingorother and Cpl BigHairyNasty trashes their locker (happened to us, was amusing really) for not having starched their combat trouser creases (not for that reason). Now they don't want to undermine his authority and 'gob off' that it's against the published rules/guidelines, what do they do?
When I reported to ATR something three odd years ago I had been given JI's and the instructions 'Don't fail'. I had no idea what the rules of play were, or what to do if things went udders vertical. As usual section comd is boss and fortunately mine was.. ok. Unfortunately a bloke I knew was left on show parade in the rain for 3 hours when he had to prep for an exercise, and it turned out he was the wrong soldier. All that happened was an 'ahh.. umm. sorry about that by the duty staff' and it was swept away. He didn't know who to go to in order to raise complaint, and said nothing as thought he'd be seen as causing trouble.
Recruits that I've personally known going through CMS(R) TA generally just get on and deal with whatever is thrown their way. They don't want to cause a scene, or get RTU'd and so just stag on. If something comes up it's perhaps mentioned to CoC back home but often they wouldn't know that the instructors were acting outside of published guidelines. End of the day it lowers their opinion of the the Regs. It did me, and it did others.
Should there be a briefing for recruits heading off to CMS(R)? This is what to expect, what you should learn, how to behave, what to do if things go tits up. Does your recruit training cell run one?
TAFS TA Foundation Scheme 1 very basic army stuff, how to iron & wear uniform, basic foot drill, rank structure etc., done at unit level.
2 More detailed drill, values & standards, where the Army is based, Arms & sevices, more PT(timed run) normally run at RTCs. Saying that all change back to the old system, which Idon't quite know off the top of my head.
Iâve had a couple of requests for this via PM. Since itâs not exactly classified, Iâll post here as well. Details refer to RLC (specialist/nationally recruited weekends at PWOG Bks-Grantham and was for a weekend 28th-31st July)
Be aware that this overview deals with the combined TAFS part 1 & 2
0730 Entrance Test (TSG)
0845 Kit issue
1000 RLC careers presentation
1030 Pay and allowances
1200 Equal opportunities
1430 Rank and insignia
1600 British Army areas of deployment
1645 Law of Armed Conflict
1715 Evening meal
1910 Physical Training
0815 âUsers and losersâ video
0850 âYour health at riskâ video
0930 Arms and services presentation
1000 NAAFI break
1030 Security (PERSEC & OPSEC)
1100 Equal opportunities part 2
1315 Personal trade interviews
1330 DCCT (Dismounted Close Combat Trainer)
1615 24hr clock and phonetic alphabet
1715 Evening meal
0730 Equal opportunities and diversity 3
0815 AGAI 67
0900 Fieldcraft (Train Green video)
0930 âTraining to be the bestâ video
1000 Personal Fitness Test
1130 Trade interviews (if needed)
1230 Closing notes
You'd be surprised at how much some people have to learn compared to others, actually SFD probably wouldn't. Heck at least there around 2 1/2 hours of drill to be done - 1..2,3... umm?
Being soldiers comes later on anyway, sometime around phase2 or some such... Maybe even later for some
Out of interest how much exposure to arms will the recruits get over TAF's? We got on an indoor 2x2 range, with anchient contraptions, but that was it. Is it a case of DCCT to give some interest, or cheat a bit and clue them up on WHT etc before their 2 weeks of fun?
No it should start on day 1, the only similar to my first weekend and this, is the phys and the drill. I might be wrong but I'm sure I could pass all my bounty tests before I went on my recruits cadre, 4 weekends taught a lot (I'll admit my drills got a lot better on the course).
Just seems the news guys are getting to the completed 4 weekend level but a class 1 whingers. Have a field firing weekend coming up, I think my PSI is nuts to contemplate it....