153 Troop Diary – Week 3
Week 3 was certainly the week I was looking forward to the most as we were no longer living in Foundation but in the relative luxury of our 6-man rooms in the accommodation block. It is no Hilton but it is certainly better than the 60-man room that was Foundation. The Troop had to work especially hard this week. Even though we still had our orange tabs on (which lets everyone know we are ‘the new guys so go easy please!’) the Training Team were very quickly stamping their mark on what was the required standards for us to meet. This resulted in continual inspections of our lockers and our rooms. The smallest bit of dirt would result in more cleaning and more inspections but every time the Team would explain why it was necessary and related it to their experiences making it feel less of a chore and more of a goal to achieve.
Now that we have had a chance to meet our Training Team, and especially our Section Commanders, we can see how much they have done in their careers and how much knowledge and skills they want/need to impart in a small amount of time. It is fair to say they are not happy if we are even a minute late, unfortunately something we are good at! Again though, they relate our poor time keeping to examples on Operations where if we had been a minute late it would have had severe consequences. After a lot of work in the gym and on the drill square, as well as lots more weapon training, the reward was Families Day. Here we got to show off our ability on the drill square (or should that be inability) followed by a session in the gym to friends and family before a well deserved long weekend. Only problem being that come next Monday the orange tabs come off which means we are no longer treated as new recruits.