whats basic really like

#1
On day one is ut really just getting gear or would they throw in a run straight away. Also what's the facilities like. You see all these promotional videos about state of the art accomodation and stuff. Is that all just like an incentive for you to join. Thanks.
 

jarrod248

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#2
On day one is ut really just getting gear or would they throw in a run straight away. Also what's the facilities like. You see all these promotional videos about state of the art accomodation and stuff. Is that all just like an incentive for you to join. Thanks.
You worry too much, just excercise and lose weight.
 
#3
It's scary. You get shouted it, you meet randoms, you don't know your environment.

Then you start the odd bit of banter, you realise there's a couple of good blokes here...then there's more, then you get on well with everyone apart from the couple of psychos everyone steers clear of.

Bugger me though they kick the shit out of you (metaphorically) and you start to realise you are capable of phys you never thought possible....then you go on the smash with the guys with the banter who you realise are you're good mates.

Welcome to the army. You won't look back.
 
#4
Must be a trick question, it's like asking what's being married really like. It all depends on your attitude going into it. You don't have to worry about the cushy digs, you won't be seeing much of your cot anyway! :muhaha:
 
#5
This might just be me...
Im not joining for "state of the art accommodation and stuff"
Im joining as I want to be part of something that actually means something and do something with my life not just sit in an office doing meanial tasks!

(Plus you get to play with guns! :D )
 
#7
Theres lots of nice people that can't do enough to help you
 
#10
This might just be me...
Im not joining for "state of the art accommodation and stuff"
Im joining as I want to be part of something that actually means something and do something with my life not just sit in an office doing meanial tasks!

(Plus you get to play with guns! :D )

The bad news is;

Menial tasks, surprisingly often

Playing with guns, surprisingly infrequent.

Assuming that you are not a sockpuppet and your user name accurately reflects where you intend to serve, this applies even more to you.
 

TheresaMay

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#11
Locker layouts, smiley socks, sadistic sect comds, show parades stood in the corridors at least 4 times a week in between block jobs and almost rubbing the paint off the walls in prep for the OCs block inspection. Lots of drill on cold mornings, strike, seize and grasp the weapon with those throbbing extremities. Lots of PT, lots of shouty instructors all telling you you're the worst intake yet... Cooked breakfasts for the first time in my life. An arse like thunder most days due to excessive baked bean intake from new cooked breakfast diet. Watching guys tick-tock their arms as they get used to drill. Finding out there are some pretty disturbing individuals out there that maybe should have been screened a little more carefully during the recruitment process...

Yeah basic was fun now I think back to it. And my first stable belt still fits me, 22 years on :)

...enjoy!
 

ACAB

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#12
Yeah basic was fun now I think back to it. And my first stable belt still fits me, 22 years on :)

...enjoy!
I should bloody hope so! Mine (Household Division) had about 12" of slack available.
 
#14
Absolutely 100% the best experience I ever had in the army was basic training.

Go there with an open mind, work your ass off and you will enjoy the hell out of it.

Don't do what alot of people do, ie leave when the going gets tough. Its supposed to be hard, it would not be worth doing otherwise.

You will meet the best friends you will ever have in training. My best man at my wedding was a guy I met in training.

Good luck, I'm jealous as you are about to embark on an epic journey :D

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Auld-Yin

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#15
Pretty well basic really.
 

Joker62

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#16
#17
I never really kept in touch with the lads who I was in basic with because I was the only one from my Regiment in the whole platoon who made it through. I did bump into quite a few of the others over the years though through attachments, postings and just by coincidence. Small world in the Army really.
 

TheresaMay

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DirtyBAT
#18
I should bloody hope so! Mine (Household Division) had about 12" of slack available.
I dare you to try it on again. I'm guessing 12 inches might just fall short of an Army career and all them police doughnuts!

I just checked my 'tell tale' marks, it seems it's been let out about 2 inches. By that rate it'll take me 700 years before I'm eligible to join the TA
 
#19
doing meanial tasks!

(Plus you get to play with guns! :D )
Not doing menial tasks? You're in for a shock once you get to your unit :) !

You get to play with various weapon systems alright, and by play I mean strip, clean and re-assemble the entire company armoury either; instead of sports afternoon, prior to knocking off for the weekend or going on leave, treat :) !
 
#20
The worst part is the RSM's bristly chin when he comes round to tuck you in and kiss you g'night ...

Cue song: Kiss me goodnight, Sergeant-Major ...
 

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