146 TROOP TRAINING DIARY – WEEK 28

146 TROOP TRAINING DIARY – WEEK 28

Week 28  is known as ‘cheeky week’ amongst the recruits at CTCRM.  It began with a great sense of anticipation and a slight nervousness with the thought that the Commando Tests were to begin on the Friday.  Monday morning started with a marathon drill session refreshing arms drill for the formation drill that we will conduct at The Kings Squad Pass Out.  The afternoon was spent in the weapons stances learning drills on the Underslung Grenade Launcher (UGL) weapons system, a further addition to the SA80 rifle.  That afternoon was enjoyed by the entire Troop.  Tuesday began with a buzz as it was our second opportunity to have a crack at the Tarzan Assault Course.  The assault course is split into two areas, firstly the Tarzan high obstacles and then the bottom field Assault course.  These are both followed by a 30ft wall climb to finish.  The test is to be completed with 21lbs of kit and rifle in a maximum time of 13 minutes.  The majority of the Troop passed this and felt the run through really boosted their confidence for the forthcoming test on Monday.  Wednesday started early as we had a second run through of the gruelling Endurance Course.  The Troop did this in loose order following on from a successful first attempt and as means for learning the route in preparation for the real thing on Friday!  In the afternoon the Troop had their final fitting of their ‘Blues’ ceremonial dress for the Kings Squad Pass Out. 

On Thursday the Troop headed out onto the Tarzan high obstacles for a loose order technique session to reinforce the changeovers on each of the obstacles.  This session was greatly appreciated to bolster the confidence of the Troop.  Friday morning began early once more but this time it was the first real Commando Test for the Troop, the Endurance Course!  The course itself starts on Woodbury Common and is a demanding 2 miles of tunnels and water obstacles over varying terrains.  This is then followed by a 4.5 mile run back to camp, all to be completed in under 73 minutes.  On returning to CTCRM recruits are required to shoot on the 25m range. To pass you are required to hit 6 out of 10 targets.  On the day the Troop all passed the test!!  Saturday was a rest day for the Troop to relax and prepare for the next test, the 9 Mile Speed March (9MSM).  Sunday was the 9MSM which had to be completed in 90 minutes.  Again the Troop had a 100% pass rate and got drummed into camp by a member of the Royal Marines Band Service.  This was a hugely proud moment for the Troop and one which will be remembered forever.  The Troop now head into week 29.  The whole Troop is really looking forward to completing the final two Commando Tests and achieving 100% pass rate in all the assessments. 

Week 28  is known as ‘cheeky week’ amongst the recruits at CTCRM.  It began with a great sense of anticipation and a slight nervousness with the thought that the Commando Tests were to begin on the Friday.  Monday morning started with a marathon drill session refreshing arms drill for the formation drill that we will conduct at The Kings Squad Pass Out.  The afternoon was spent in the weapons stances learning drills on the Underslung Grenade Launcher (UGL) weapons system, a further addition to the SA80 rifle.  That afternoon was enjoyed by the entire Troop.  Tuesday began with a buzz as it was our second opportunity to have a crack at the Tarzan Assault Course.  The assault course is split into two areas, firstly the Tarzan high obstacles and then the bottom field Assault course.  These are both followed by a 30ft wall climb to finish.  The test is to be completed with 21lbs of kit and rifle in a maximum time of 13 minutes.  The majority of the Troop passed this and felt the run through really boosted their confidence for the forthcoming test on Monday.  Wednesday started early as we had a second run through of the gruelling Endurance Course.  The Troop did this in loose order following on from a successful first attempt and as means for learning the route in preparation for the real thing on Friday!  In the afternoon the Troop had their final fitting of their ‘Blues’ ceremonial dress for the Kings Squad Pass Out. 

On Thursday the Troop headed out onto the Tarzan high obstacles for a loose order technique session to reinforce the changeovers on each of the obstacles.  This session was greatly appreciated to bolster the confidence of the Troop.  Friday morning began early once more but this time it was the first real Commando Test for the Troop, the Endurance Course!  The course itself starts on Woodbury Common and is a demanding 2 miles of tunnels and water obstacles over varying terrains.  This is then followed by a 4.5 mile run back to camp, all to be completed in under 73 minutes.  On returning to CTCRM recruits are required to shoot on the 25m range. To pass you are required to hit 6 out of 10 targets.  On the day the Troop all passed the test!!  Saturday was a rest day for the Troop to relax and prepare for the next test, the 9 Mile Speed March (9MSM).  Sunday was the 9MSM which had to be completed in 90 minutes.  Again the Troop had a 100% pass rate and got drummed into camp by a member of the Royal Marines Band Service.  This was a hugely proud moment for the Troop and one which will be remembered forever.  The Troop now head into week 29.  The whole Troop is really looking forward to completing the final two Commando Tests and achieving 100% pass rate in all the assessments.

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