153 Troop Diary – Week 4
This week we jumped straight in at the deep end after our ‘long weekend’ home with our families. We removed our orange tabs which meant we were no longer treated like fresh recruits. Unfortunately it also means that when we get basic details wrong, which some do often, the Training Team is a little less tolerant. Thankfully, as I am one of the best recruits here in the Troop, I have little to worry about for now.
Mid-week saw us conduct our first night in ‘the field’ (the expression used for being out on training exercises) with our weapons. This exercise, called ‘First Step’, was designed to teach us how to administer ourselves, such as washing, shaving and cooking rations, which is not as easy as it sounds but again we mastered it quickly. The next morning saw the Troop lay its first kit muster. This allows the Training Team to assess how well we are progressing with our levels of hygiene, something that Royal Marines strongly believe in.
The rest of the week involved a lot more physical training in the gym, more drill, some Corps history lessons, and finally further training on our rifles. The weapons training was coming to an end soon with only a confirmation test before we get to use it on the next exercise.