Prelims; yes I am aware of what the main effort is. The Fieldcraft part of recruit training has largely been phased out; we no longer even teach Pairs Fire and Manoevre. We do still teach CBRN, spend many lessons on drill ( including saluting - sorry, Dave ) as well as BCDT, map reading, shooting and eg. Values and Standards. I've been involved in recruit training for some time and noted that there was a certain difference in attitude between the recruits that had, and had not done the Section Attack phase. They somehow seemed keener, more soldierly and had an overall better attitude, IME, towards soldiering. A bit of steel in the soul. Lets look at what the guys learned, apart from, obviously, the six Section Battle Drills. 1. The Orders process - an introduction. Demonstration of Battle Procedure so that every man knows what task is expected of him. Shows he is part of a much larger team, and even at Rifleman level, an important part. Demonstrates that soldiers will / should know what task they have, and what is expected of them. 2. The importance of fitness. A section attack, even in light scales, no CBA and blank, is hard physical work. The blokes will be chinstrapped very quickly and lack of fitness will become immediately obvious; this being demonstrated to their peer group will be a powerful motivator to get and keep fit. 3. Teamwork Obvious; "every man a link man"; "Charlie fire, Delta MOVE"; the importance of passage of information; awareness of the immediate battlespace - what your mates are doing, and why. 4. Hierarchy. Similar to teamwork, but a clear demonstration of the importance of the Secxtion Comander and the need for rapid comprehension and execution of eg. FCOs, QBOs, etc. A subset of "Knowledge of the Grouping system". 5. Weapon handling - the importance of rapidly clearing a stoppage, with the very real incentive of the rough edge of the Section / Fire Team commanders tongue. Also helps prepare the recruit for those nasty, shouty regulars at CIC. 6. "This is your bread and butter" I do feel that the Section Attack was a bit of a rite of passage for the recruit; it was very hard to coast, assuming the DS are on the ball, and it encapsulates so much of what we are trying to teach, in particular in terms of attitude. 7 Fieldcraft - encapsulated. Obesrvation / Target indication / FCOs / Cam and Con I suggest that the current syllabus is too acedemic in emphasis and the blokes need to spend some time on their belt buckles. ( Plus, the DS love it. ) The rudiments can be taught and ran through in a morning; combine the attack with an insertion / exttraction tab and you can incorporate one of the PT sessions; possibly drop one of the BCDT and Drill lessons and enough time could be found IMO. Thoughts?