Week one story
This week we have started on a long journey, one that will take a group of young men from different backgrounds and transform them in to professional infantry soldiers in the British Army.
Many of the Riflemen have worked hard to reach this stage and make it through the numerous assessment centres. By this point they have already shown themselves to be of a high enough standard to start training but even with this preparation it will still be a difficult six months.
The first week of training is not, unfortunately, the most exciting. It is very busy though. The Riflemen meet a number of new people including their training team, fellow recruits and other important personalities from the Training Centre. They receive lessons on Military Law, Nutrition, the Structure of the British Army, Hygiene, Drill (marching), Equality and Diversity, Weapon Handling and Physical Training. They receive their uniforms, PT kit and field kit. And, they have medical and dental checkups to ensure that they are ready for the tough training to come.
In the evenings, they are ironing the new kit to perfection and continuing to complete the administration needed for training to progress.
Next week is much more exciting for staff and recruits. We focus on weapon handling and physical training, as well as marching and introduction to map reading. The highlight is our first field exercise on Thursday/Friday where the recruits learn basic survival and how to use all their new kit when deployed. This is a critical period because these are the basic skills that professional soldiering is based on and the Riflemen will be relying on what they learn now for years to come.
"Forming a cohesive, successful platoon is very difficult. It involves combining the different strengths and weaknesses of a very diverse group of people in to one unit. For RIFLES 5 this process has just started but as the weeks go by we will increasingly act as one single entity and will be far stronger together than we ever could be apart"
Some Photographs from the Week