Week Six Story
We are now in to the heart of the training program. We are moving from the introductory phase (crawling) to the practice phase (walking). This week included signals training, PT and ranges. We also completed weapon handling tests on two types of grenade.
Our range time this week was spent practicing firing from different positions. This is so we are as flexible as possible when fighting in a variety of environments. The shoot included grouping (getting each shot to hit exactly the same spot each time) and zeroing (aligning the sight to the weapon so we hit what we want to hit).
This is a slow process but is well worth spending time on as it provides the foundation for all advanced shooting.
PT this week has included two swimming sessions, a 4 mile loaded march and the first introduction to the obstacle course. The obstacle course is great fun but also provides essential training. A Rifleman is expected to reach his destination regardless of what is in front of him and to do that we require strength, agility and confidence in equal measure.
Look forward to week seven
Next week we move on to IntroEx3. This is a 4 day exercise where we move from teaching to assessment. It is essential that the skills learned so far are put in to practice. We also start the process of getting each Rifleman his full driving license - paid for by the Army.
Some Photographs from the Week