Week Two story
This week RIFLES 5 have progressed with the basics of soldiering. The focus has been physical training and weapon handling building up to our first field exercise, Intro Ex 1.
Weapon handling is a serious business throughout the army, but is the specialty of the infantry. Standards need to be the highest possible to be able to carry out our missions effectively and safely. The initial training is fairly dull, but the rewards for sticking with it are great and in two weeks time we will be on the ranges firing live ammunition.
Physical training is important for obvious reasons, but many people who consider themselves to be fit are not actually well prepared for soldiering. The training program at ITC focuses on Agility, and Strength and Conditioning, with the aim of preparing soldiers for the rigors of field exercises and operations.
The highlight of the first two weeks of the course is Intro Ex 1. This is our first time to get out of camp and do some soldiering. By focusing on the basics of washing/shaving, eating and sleeping in the field we learn how to maintain our bodies through arduous conditions. We develop this with lessons of camouflage, spotting the enemy and an introduction to munitions such as flares, tripflares and smoke grenades. For many this is the first time they have spent the night outside and the learning curve is steep, but it is also a great time to get to know your mates and section commander and despite the hard work, it is good fun.
Looking forward to week three
As the Riflemen master the basics, the instructors can expect more from them. Next week sees the first formal Platoon Commanders room inspection where all kit must be immaculate. In addition they will also all conduct their Military Swim Test and continue training in Drill, Navigation and Weapon Handling. The week culminates in the Weapon Handling Test, confirming that each recruit has reached the required standard to fire live ammunition. It will be another taxing week but for very good reasons. The best part is yet to come.
Some Photographs from the Week