What will I actually do in the TA?

#1
Well I am aware that after completing phase 1 I will be required to attend the local TA center for a centrain number of days.. but what will I actually do on those days?

J.
 
#3
Additional training to your particular units' requirements.
 
#4
It depends on what regiment your unit is, some parade nights will be preparation for the weekend some will be lectures in the classroom, sometimes you will need to maintain your equipment and sometimes you will get pt,( some units do this 2 times a month) Weekends will either be training or matts or exercises
 
#6
Not very much the army is broke! no cash no training unless you called up! its the army on the very cheapest level :x
 
#8
The_Borderer said:
Not very much the army is broke! no cash no training unless you called up! its the army on the very cheapest level :x
I sympathise with people with this attitude, in fact we all have very different experiences. Some people may get screwed worse than others - it just happens.

However, the key point to note here is the famous saying "Improvise, adapt, overcome", whatever the issue!

Meanwhile, back to the point.

Drill nights consist (for me) of PT (which takes many forms, some of a fun teamwork nature), weapons handling, lectures on map reading, fire control orders, battlefield casualty drills, MATTs (including videos), then fun stuff like Vehicle Check Point drills, patrol drills, room clearing, and other stuff I can't remember.

Oh, and go out on the lash (sometimes paid :D ).
 
#9
On a Drill Night?

Drill?

msr
 
#10
JayCam said:
Well I am aware that after completing phase 1 I will be required to attend the local TA center for a centrain number of days.. but what will I actually do on those days?

J.
well mate up until the point i left (after 2 and a half years). i found myself doing lots of guard(the record was 8 ta weekend on the trot) pan bashing on the recruits weekends. stage fire picket. and in that time 3 very good platoon attacks and the rest of the time getting crap.

although as crap as i make it sound since i left i have missed it and i do wish to rejoin but i think i will give it a little while yet
 
#11
Nutter said:
i found myself doing lots of guard(the record was 8 ta weekend on the trot) pan bashing on the recruits weekends. stage fire picket. and in that time 3 very good platoon attacks and the rest of the time getting crap.
You're in the wrong unit, mate.
 
#13
JayCam said:
Well I am aware that after completing phase 1 I will be required to attend the local TA center for a centrain number of days.. but what will I actually do on those days?

J.
If you are in the TA Infantry either (a) train and prepare to go on operations in Afghanistan or Iraq or (b) think of reasons for your TA mates why you aren't available to go with them.
 
#14
nitv9 said:
JayCam said:
Well I am aware that after completing phase 1 I will be required to attend the local TA center for a centrain number of days.. but what will I actually do on those days?

J.
If you are in the TA Infantry either (a) train and prepare to go on operations in Afghanistan or Iraq or (b) think of reasons for your TA mates why you aren't available to go with them.
Very true
 
#15
Always_a_Rifleman said:
Nutter said:
i found myself doing lots of guard(the record was 8 ta weekend on the trot) pan bashing on the recruits weekends. stage fire picket. and in that time 3 very good platoon attacks and the rest of the time getting crap.
You're in the wrong unit, mate.
I think Nutter was in the TA 20 years ago. Last time I did guard was in 2001 and that was because I was the only SNCO that knew how to do the job
 
#16
eSeL said:
nitv9 said:
JayCam said:
Well I am aware that after completing phase 1 I will be required to attend the local TA center for a centrain number of days.. but what will I actually do on those days?

J.
If you are in the TA Infantry either (a) train and prepare to go on operations in Afghanistan or Iraq or (b) think of reasons for your TA mates why you aren't available to go with them.
Very true
Should really emphasise this; my lot are on build-up training at present, but even with this, our training has been fantastic for a long time (helps having an enthusiastic TM). Each battalion weekend has had a different theme; from section/platoon attacks, to COIN, to Patrol Comps, to FIBUA. Also runs specialised training i.e. Guns, Mortars, Javelin, Pioneer, PJNCO/SCBC prep etc.

Later in the year, we'll be getting Air Assault training; TALO, fast roping and loads of other really cool things (including 'live' section attacks). The trained soliders obviously get the most benefit, but even Phase 1 trained guys get on with most of the training.

It also must be said that MATT training is incorporated into all of our training as opposed to stand-alone weekends (thank fcuk) i.e. during our Patrols Comp, we had stands with CBRN (MATT 4), PW Handling (incorporating LOAC & Values & Standards - MATT 6), Weapon Handling (including foreign weapons - MATT 1), and the final attack included Battlefield Casualties (MATT 3). The comp had many nav points (MATT 5) & included a 6 mile Tab at endex (MATT 2). It's nice to know the bounty's secure in the first month of the training year :wink:

Having said this, this applies to Infantry only. Couldn't begin to think (eugh) what Support or Service Support do on camp/training weekends.
 
#18
eSeL said:
eSeL said:
nitv9 said:
JayCam said:
Well I am aware that after completing phase 1 I will be required to attend the local TA center for a centrain number of days.. but what will I actually do on those days?

J.
If you are in the TA Infantry either (a) train and prepare to go on operations in Afghanistan or Iraq or (b) think of reasons for your TA mates why you aren't available to go with them.
Very true
Should really emphasise this; my lot are on build-up training at present, but even with this, our training has been fantastic for a long time (helps having an enthusiastic TM). Each battalion weekend has had a different theme; from section/platoon attacks, to COIN, to Patrol Comps, to FIBUA. Also runs specialised training i.e. Guns, Mortars, Javelin, Pioneer, PJNCO/SCBC prep etc.

Later in the year, we'll be getting Air Assault training; TALO, fast roping and loads of other really cool things (including 'live' section attacks). The trained soliders obviously get the most benefit, but even Phase 1 trained guys get on with most of the training.

It also must be said that MATT training is incorporated into all of our training as opposed to stand-alone weekends (thank fcuk) i.e. during our Patrols Comp, we had stands with CBRN (MATT 4), PW Handling (incorporating LOAC & Values & Standards - MATT 6), Weapon Handling (including foreign weapons - MATT 1), and the final attack included Battlefield Casualties (MATT 3). The comp had many nav points (MATT 5) & included a 6 mile Tab at endex (MATT 2). It's nice to know the bounty's secure in the first month of the training year :wink:

Having said this, this applies to Infantry only. Couldn't begin to think (eugh) what Support or Service Support do on camp/training weekends.
I am in the infantry and you seem to be very lucky with your training. We have the stand alone MATTS weekends and its pants!
 
#19
eSeL said:
eSeL said:
nitv9 said:
JayCam said:
Well I am aware that after completing phase 1 I will be required to attend the local TA center for a centrain number of days.. but what will I actually do on those days?

J.
If you are in the TA Infantry either (a) train and prepare to go on operations in Afghanistan or Iraq or (b) think of reasons for your TA mates why you aren't available to go with them.
Very true
Should really emphasise this; my lot are on build-up training at present, but even with this, our training has been fantastic for a long time (helps having an enthusiastic TM). Each battalion weekend has had a different theme; from section/platoon attacks, to COIN, to Patrol Comps, to FIBUA. Also runs specialised training i.e. Guns, Mortars, Javelin, Pioneer, PJNCO/SCBC prep etc.

Later in the year, we'll be getting Air Assault training; TALO, fast roping and loads of other really cool things (including 'live' section attacks). The trained soliders obviously get the most benefit, but even Phase 1 trained guys get on with most of the training.

It also must be said that MATT training is incorporated into all of our training as opposed to stand-alone weekends (thank fcuk) i.e. during our Patrols Comp, we had stands with CBRN (MATT 4), PW Handling (incorporating LOAC & Values & Standards - MATT 6), Weapon Handling (including foreign weapons - MATT 1), and the final attack included Battlefield Casualties (MATT 3). The comp had many nav points (MATT 5) & included a 6 mile Tab at endex (MATT 2). It's nice to know the bounty's secure in the first month of the training year :wink:

Having said this, this applies to Infantry only. Couldn't begin to think (eugh) what Support or Service Support do on camp/training weekends.
What battalion r u with im infantry myself sounds like ure lot has got its self sorted out cant be my lot Jay cam as allready said if ure in the infantry u will definitely be mobilized to go to Iraq or afghan
 
#20
Drill Nights are, for the most part, completely bone. You'll stand around, drink tea, get a lesson from someone who knows nothing about teaching nor the subject of the lesson and find out that the people you need to see have gone home.

Cynical? Moi?
 

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