Yay I passed out! All your basic training questions answered

#1
You may remember about 7 or so weeks ago I made this post about passing off the square and offering to answer any questions anyone had about phase 1 (I.e. basic) training. As I said in the thread, I would answer more questions as soon as I passed out.

Well I have now passed out (The pass out parade was something I will never forget) and am off to phase 2 training at Bovington soon (I'm a tankie) and after much drinking I'm recovered enough to answer more questions about phase 1 training for those who have them. Feel free to ask away even if you think it's a stupid question as god knows I had enough of them before I went.
 
#3
Hi Soldier... Well done you for passing out. Now your onto the next stage in your life. :D What was on your kit list for basic training. I have been given the green book but wanted to make sure I havent missed anything. Any tips? :D
 
#5
gc22 said:
So what was phase 1 training really like then????
Whatever you imagine it to be like is different from how it really is. For example in some areas it's actually easier than you thought, in others much, much harder. It's too general a question to answer properly as I could be here forever but initially the days are long and everything is really hard as you don't know what to do. Eventually you get into the routine and things become easier in that respect as the lessons and the physical side gets harder but you'll cope with that. After week 7 the pressure eases off slightly but by then your hardly in camp as your out doing loads of different things such as exercises, adventure training, range camp, etc.
 
#7
somersetlady said:
Hi Soldier... Well done you for passing out. Now your onto the next stage in your life. :D What was on your kit list for basic training. I have been given the green book but wanted to make sure I havent missed anything. Any tips? :D
Certain items are necessary like the iron and whatnot, 90% of the rest are not as you are provided with the items you need. God knows why they tell you to bring it all. An amended kit list I would have brought would have been (With hindsight that is...) as follows...

Toiletry kit
Pair of trainers
Flip flops.
Some underwear (The more pairs the better as washing them could be a pain sometimes)
A few pairs of black sports socks
PJ's (I slept nekkid though, heh heh)
Sewing kit (For when your buttons inevitably got ripped off)
Two towels (Black or green, definitely no other colour)
Coat hangers (We got given them but take your own as you could never have too many)
Iron
Hair dryer (Not for your hair. Read this post)
Ironing board * (A good one but only take it if your getting a lift to the base otherwise its not worth lugging around. Naafi ones are shit.)
Your phone
A small torch & batteries (Headtorch is best. I recommend rechargables too)
MP3 player (It will be confiscated for the first 7 weeks unless you manage to hide it. You will be too busy to use it anyway probably)
Padlocks
National health service card.
National insurance card
P45 (if held)
Birth certificate
Any legal orders
Driving license.
Passport.
Four photos

Civvie clothes are useless for the first 7 weeks as your just not allowed to wear them so anything else not on that list can be brought back with you when you return after your long weekend.
 
#8
At any point whilst on exercise were you attacked by a badger?
 
#9
mr.russell said:
Where did you go for your battle field tour?
Belgium. It was crap, mainly because it was far too rushed. When you see what your going to see you want some time for contemplation and there just wasn't any. Plus you have to pay for it out your own pocket!! In fairness though you get about 90% of the money back.
 
#10
vampireuk said:
At any point whilst on exercise were you attacked by a badger?
There where at least three different occasions where the training staff contemplated giving us live ammunition to fend the little feckers off!! Beware of the badgers!

On a serious note though I was attacked by a sheep in Brecon but nobody wants to know about THAT incident...
 
#15
Hello soldier... Me again lol.... I have read on your past thread that if you go to basic in a suit, you have to wear it for the next few days. If this is the case, could you change into civvies for those few days? Surley you want to make a good impresion but feel like crap lugging your holdall around all day? What do you sergest? Huge thanks. :D
 
#16
somersetlady said:
Hello soldier... Me again lol.... I have read on your past thread that if you go to basic in a suit, you have to wear it for the next few days. If this is the case, could you change into civvies for those few days? Surley you want to make a good impresion but feel like crap lugging your holdall around all day? What do you sergest? Huge thanks. :D
I suppose it's doable but I wouldn't bother wearing a suit. It makes no impression whatsoever what you wear provided you don't turn up looking like a chav mong. Turning up in a tracksuit is not recommended. A pair of jeans and a comfortable top is fine.
 
#18
ITMatt said:
Well done, soldier.a

Were there a mix of recruits training for different regiments, or was everyone going to the same regiment?
Generally your mixed up though they do try to keep people going to the same regiment or corps together as much as possible. My platoon was extremely unusual in that almost all of us where going RAC so we'll be training together for a while to come before we split up and head off to our different regiments. It really depends on which ATR you go to and what regiment/corps of the army your joining.
 
#19
Did you feel any somewhat homoerotic feelings to your training staff and would you look forward to them dragging you into the drying room?
 

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