RIFLES 5 Week 6 Combat infantryman's Course Starting Mar 2017

Blog Introduction

RIFLES Jobs will be following the men of RIFLES 5 Platoon as they start their journey from civilians to Riflemen. 47 RIFLES Recruits started their 26 week Combat Infantryman's Course on Sunday 12th March 2017 and from now on will be known as Riflemen (Rfn). Read about their journey, their struggles, the highs, and the lows as we show you week by week what it is like to be trained by the best instructors the British Army has to offer as they strive to become a fully trained Riflemen. Each week we will bring you stories, photographs as well as introducing you to the Riflemen.

Week Six Story

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

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