Worst exercise at the Hurst

#1
Don't know if this one has been covered as I'm reasonably new to the site, but another thread got me thinking.

The worst ex by far for me was Ex Chrychans Challenge (excuse the spelling). February, Sennybridge, that non stop drizzle/rain that permeates everything, fecking freezing. I must have had a reasonable degree of lock on at that stage as I was given 2 Pl Comd appointments and although they went very well it made the experience worse. I just remember a shell scrape full of mud, sheep sh*t, numb hands and feet, racing f*cking spoons, and a fear of Sennybridge that still loosens the bowels. I think at one stage I think I considered weeping while tucked up in my gonk-bag (gripped myself though). :(

One nutter said afterwards, 'that's what its all about, awesome' glad I didn't join the same Regt as he did. 8O

Mind you, everything since has been easy by comparison.
 
#3
Hardest must have been ‘Terra Firma’ at Longmoor. I’ve never drunk so much beer, dressed up as a Town Cryer, thrown spuds and cans at the Girls Pl (and DS) and then get the opportunity to beat the crap out of them (still had wooden batons then) afterwards all in the space of 10 days!!. And we were getting paid – now that’s what I call tough.

Then you get to do it for real in NI and Iraq (less the Town Cryer/Girls Pl bit) and it’s even better!!!
 
#4
DrSauce said:
Hello. Any advice for a lawyer hoping to join the Army Legal Services? Cheers.
8O my adivce is open your own post :lol:
 
#6
Good Exercises - Terra Firma. Days of either rioting, sleeping in, drinking and shagging filthy RAAT girls or dishing out hickory big style. Long Reach - in retrospect, like RowCo, a bloody good exercise. 5 weeks in and you know for sure who the good blokes and jack b astards are. Remainder of the exercises have no highs, only lows, and lower ones and... at the very bottom command appointment changes in the rain. At times like that I would have slit my mother's throat for even my best mucker to get Pl Sgt rather than me.

Worst Exercise - Ex GREY CLOUD. A 24hr period entirely spent doing signals in a large shed. And its not as exciting as it sounds.

The single redeeming feature of Sandurst exercises is that they're nothing compared to PCBC <shudder>. If I could live my life again I would do everything identically, no matter how squalid or embarassing, save those miserable three months. Memories of that course still have the power to loosen my bowels while I sleep....
 
#9
The worst ex by far for me was Ex Chrychans Challenge

Couldn't agree more. I still remember harbouring up in one of those evergreen squares where the branches are so thick they leave scratches down either side of your face. I was the last man in my section, down by the Stag position, we were lying in shell scrapes that had filled with water and at about 0400 I had crawled out and was lying shivering next to my shellscrape when the Section 2IC on his way to post the relief stood on my head, squashing it into the mud.

Despite many other terrible exercises over the year and far worse ones on PCBC, that one night always sticks in my mind as my worst night in the field.
 
#10
The worst exercise at Sandhurst is by far and away "Marathon's Chase". Traipsing from one side of the Catterick training area to the other over and over again whilst wearing NBC kit for a week in the summer. Utter misery. Made all the more unbelieveable by the fact that some of the NBC kit I had (when taken out of the packet) had a packing date that pre-dated the end of the Vietnam War, let alone the Falklands, and this really wasn't that long ago.....

As for PCBC, as long as you don't find yourself in Africa in the rainy season its fine. The exercises knock the Sandhurst ones into a cocked hat, especially the live firing.
 
#11
First Return or something like that. First weekend of the 2nd term and designed to punish you for having some time off
 
#13
Crychans Challenge was the worst exercise for my intake.

I remember waking up in Wales after my instant teleporter ride and the whole bus was rocking with the weight of wind and rain against it. "Feck me" I thought.

The OC took one look at the weather and got the Coy together, "Right fellas, this is the way it is, this is going to be grim and I'm not going to make it any easier so you'd better just get on with it and don't fecking jack"

It was Grim.

PCBC is like Sandhurst wearing body armour and you don't have any cav or gunners to take up the bottom of the bell curve.
 
#14
IdeasFactory said:
FIRST ENCOUNTER... then MARATHON CHASE... then got back-termed and had to do both of them again!!

IF
Hmm, pays to be a winner! :wink:
 
#15
Definitly not the kind of thread you want to be reading when you're geting ready for Jan. Especially not with the kind of mini-ice age they are predicting. What is PCBC folks?
 
#16
tsar_Nikolas said:
Definitly not the kind of thread you want to be reading when you're geting ready for Jan. Especially not with the kind of mini-ice age they are predicting. What is PCBC folks?
Platoon Commanders Battle Course.

It's like the film "Top Gun" with the best of the best coming together to further hone their skills on the edge of the envelope.

But this film is set in Wales in winter without planes, the "envelope" weighs 35kg and it sits on your back - you "stretch" it when you get the LAW or the Tripod to carry. Kelly McGillis isn't in this one nor is there much singing in bars. Volleyball is strictly off the menu though you might get to do some "sport" if you count tabbing and running around in CEFO as fun. Dress uniform whites are out but a plus is that you get to wear body armour - all the time.

OK then it's not like "Top Gun" it's more like "Lord of the Rings" and let's face it you aint no willowy elf.

Of course if you are not going Inf you don't need to worry about it.
 
#17
oh how I remember those tough days at Luworth and Bovington.

Why tab when you can drive!

Any one for coffee?
 
#18
IdeasFactory said:
FIRST ENCOUNTER... then MARATHON CHASE... then got back-termed and had to do both of them again!!

IF
Same detail mate, include Dragon challenge as well.
Did marathon mong in the summer and winter. Winter, wind chill was so bad they had to leave the floppies in a 9x9 with a kero heater. They tried to cancel it (have you ever heard of sandbags doing that!!! it was that bad! however tpt couldn't get in to lift us) doing the fighting withdrawl and tab in 3 Romeo on sheet ice on the main road, awesome.
I actually got properly documented, frost bite. We were only allowed issue kit, and it was strictly enforced. We had ony just been given Norweigen shirts!! First thing I bought after the factory... A softee jacket.
Great days.
 
#19
tsar_Nikolas said:
Definitly not the kind of thread you want to be reading when you're geting ready for Jan. Especially not with the kind of mini-ice age they are predicting.
Fear not. Jan start means that the second term (the major exercise term) is between May and August, the height of summer. We didn't get rained on once that term.
 
#20
Do you still do Marathon Chase?

We did it at Thetford (I think), lots of digging in. One chap in our platoon got buried alive when the sides of his trench collapsed and had to be CASEVAC'd and have his lungs cleaned out as they were full of sand! His worst injury, however was caused by the twot of a Cdt Sgt who panicked and tried to dig him out with a pickaxe!! He only stopped that when I smote him verily across the swede with my shovel! We then continued with our bare hands. Shortly after this, food poisoning/stomach bug from the central feeding got a grip of our company and we were reduced in strength by over a third, DS included. People just shat themselves in their NBC suits and keeled over, or spewed up whilst still wearing their gasmasks - extraordinary sight watching someones eyes disappear as the level of vomit rises up the insides of the eyepieces! Our foriegn student from Senegal was lucky - he'd used his respirator to bang together with a mess tin in a gas attack and had smashed out the lenses: not much use against the industrial clouds of CS gas we lived in but handy for letting puke out of so you don't drown! Despite the dwindling numbers left on the exercise we weren't allowed to scale down the platoon kit and weaponry, so, come the withrawal phase (as luck would have it, my Platoon Commanders appointment) we had sh1t loads of kit to evacuate from the position, I remember getting a SF kit a hadn't bargained for, oh joy!

I hope I haven't put anyone off!! Mind you that was 1984, long before Health & Safety and mixed sex intakes! It was after M Chase that quite a lot of those heading for a commission in the Infantry had a rethink and altered course for the Gunners, Armd Corps and other JAFFA type set ups.
 

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