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.
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