Ph1 Week 6
Moving onwards to Week 6 of Phase 1 training…
Apart from the usual routines of PT, foot drills, map reading, LF and DCCT exercises, we had bayonet training this week. When we bumped into a couple of lads ahead of us in training by Spar and various points in camp and they all told us horror stories of bayonet training.
Essentially, it boiled down to it being a massive build up of wind up. Our frame of mind needed to be almost similar to situations where a bayonet would be used so the aim was to heighten our aggression in a controlled way. Although the actual bayonet training day was on the Thursday, our corporals took the time and effort to wind us up since the beginning of the week. Obviously, this only came apparent after the debrief and in hind sight. As I said before, no one has ever tried to be purposefully malicious towards me or any part of our training.
Anyway, imagination from our corporals was really key to this. A couple of things they tried to get the pressure from us were:
- when cleaning rifles, telling us that they were not clean enough. This resulted in having to keep going for inspections after inspections. Whenever there was a hint of dirt or excess oil, they’ll smear it on our faces. Naturally, I found this amusing more so than aggravating.
- getting us to do a little bit more running than usual for the tiniest mistake in foot drills and a slightly more involved PT sessions (more press ups and touching walls)
- and in one particular occasion, the AGC corporal decided to play a prank on me by swapping my personal locker (combination) lock with a spare (gawd knows from where) keyed lock. Apparently, I had left it insecure and the repercussion of “insecure kit is lost kit” was to see him at the office. So, I banged my tabs in and did the salutation spill and asked to get the key and my lock at the office. He said I’ll have to explain why I left my locker insecure… in press up position then later offering me a bargain of going outside and running around the block and back at the office in less than 45 seconds in return for my key. Quite an impossible deal but I got it to 57 seconds. He had none of it and said to “do it again and beat it by at least 3 seconds”… unsurprisingly, I didn’t. In fact it went up to 1min 3 seconds. I did get the gist of the attempt to get me vexed so I wasn’t really annoyed but I had to pretend I was so that he’d have a bit of satisfaction from his power trip. This way, I got the key back and Swirly, his accomplice, upon my return said that my combination lock was underneath my bed!!! #raaaaaage!
This week, we also spent a considerable time doing foot drills. I had a slight advantage of going on to band work experiences where we did marching band drills so I didn’t particularly find this challenging… but the others did. Plenty of tick-tocking (curious thing because it is a lot harder do deliberately!) and asynchronous marching were everywhere. It was very distracting to have the next person to you march at a different pace and stride. It looked terrible and in shambles every time we did it. With the help of an ex TA in our troop and a collective effort between me and the slightly more switched on lads, we took it upon ourselves to do an hour of drills after evening scoff… to make sure that we pass our drill inspection in Week 7.
Some of us also went back to the Med Centre to get some booster jabs and what do bored recruits do to people with jabs? You jab them, in jest of course. It was funny writhing in pain on the floor but I’m pretty sure that was also grounds for harassment!
Not much happened throughout the remaining of the day. We had a PT on the Saturday but about 5 or so people couldn’t do the full PT as their feet were destroyed from blisters. We played volleyball instead.
Sunday was the usual personal admin day of going to the laundry, reading the Independent and bulling boots. I slept for most of the day… which ended up in this:
This is mostly Baker’s work of art!
Here’s the link to the rest of the series:
- Phase 1 Kit List
- Week 1
- Week 2
- Week 3 Weapon Handling Test
- Week 4
- Week 5
- Week 6
- Week 7 Drill Test/Long Weekend
- Week 8 Exercise Half Way
- Week 9
- Week 10 Soldier Development Wing
- Week 11
- Week 12 CBRN and other culminating tests
- Week 13 Exercise Final Fling
- Week 14 Pass Out