RIFLES 5 Week 4 Including Families Day 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 Four Story

Week Four story

Week 4 is a big time in the Combat Infantryman's Course. It's our first time firing live ammunition on the ranges. It's the second field exercise, this time for two nights. It is also the first time we can go home for the weekend and take a short break from military life.

The ranges are where we learn one of the fundamental aspects of our trade. Being able to use your weapon effectively when the situation requires it can literally mean life or death for yourself and those with you.

IntroEx2 is when we develop all the skills learned during IntroEx1. In addition we discuss the tactical applications of what we are learning. Although still in the early stages of the course we are already finding life in the field becoming more comfortable.

Meet the Riflemen

Rifleman's comments

I enjoyed firing the rifle this week as we have spent the last three weeks training to use it. I also know that I can go home this weekend once the exercise and training are completed.

Meet the Riflemen

Rifleman's Comments

The best part of the exercise this week was the 'day stalk' where we used the techniques we have been taught to get as close as possible to the enemy undetected. Also I get to go home this weekend and see my daughter.

The week culminated with a Families Day, whereby family and friends of the Rfn were invited to spend the day with them at the Infantry Training Centre. During this visit families had the opportunity to look at where the Rfn live; receive a brief from the Welfare Team on Welfare and Well-Being of the Rfn; see what equipment and weapons the Rfn have been learning to operate and use in the field and on ranges. Families also had the opportunity to sample the Operational Ration Packs and have lunch with the Riflemen before they departed for a well-earned Long Weekend. Today can be a strong reminder of why we have chosen to start this journey.

Next week we will conduct our first PFA (personal fitness assessment), visit the Leeds armouries and focus on map reading.

Some Photographs from the Week

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