hi troops, just had a phone call from a mate who is currently on a promotion cadre. day 1 week 1, first thing is a weapon handling test. now the said lad has literally just returned from afghan and has done matts at level 1 in the last 6 months. he has also been on a two way range and done the business for real on C.L.P's out in theatre. so, back to the lesson, he starts w.h.t, seconds later hes stopped and asked where he learnt to take the gas parts out first, learnt it on matts and did it out in theatre like that. he also did afew other things that the skill at guns instructor clearly didnt like and was kicked out of the lesson and told to go see the badge, posibly didnt help himself by arguing with said instructor. he phoned me to confirm what i thought, having just done all matts at level 1 myself. i confirmed that what he was doing was the same as he had done in his leeson. now i dont want to go into the if and butts of the w.h.t on an open forum but i just want to know if there is a difference in teaching for deplying on ops to doing it in a lesson in blighty.