Week three story
Week three is where the training team really start to expect more from the Riflemen. We knuckle down to serious training in map reading, drill, PT and weapon handling. By the end of this week we will have completed our Military Swim tests, ‘bleep’ tests and Weapon Handling.
The week started with our swim test - something that we must be able to do in order to operate in the environment where water features such as rivers, streams and lakes are common obstacles we must cross.
The next challenge was the first Platoon Commander’s room inspection. To many this seems like an outdated practice, but there are good reasons for us to take them seriously. By inspecting a Rifleman and his equipment we can see a number of things about him such as his personal pride, attention to detail, ability to follow orders and his discipline to put in extra time. When we deploy on exercise and operations there isn’t always time to check everything and commanders need absolute confidence in their Riflemen that they will sort their kit to the highest standard and not be tempted to take shortcuts.Next we start our lessons on marksmanship principles, the techniques used to be an accurate shot when we move to the ranges. All this before Monday lunchtime.
Meet the Riflemen
How have you found the course so far?
I’m enjoying it, we all got treated like soldiers from day 1 and it doesn’t matter where you’ve come from. The lads come from all sorts of places and we all have a laugh. We do different training every day and the Rifle lessons are quite cool as they are different from anything I’ve done before.
The main event for the week is the Weapon Handling Test. This is the essential test every soldier must pass before then can start firing live ammunition of the ranges. The Section Commanders work tirelessly to prepare their Riflemen and this week that work paid off as every man passed. Physical training continues throughout the week, and no sooner have we finished the Weapon Handling Tests we find ourselves in the gym doing a ‘bleep’ test, twice!
The week finishes off with a slightly more relaxed weekend than usual. This will help us prepare for week four which involves live ranges and our second field exercise.
Some Photographs from the Week