158 Troop Chronicles – Week 5

158 Troop Chronicles – Week 5

Going into week 5, we started with our first 4 mile run in boots.  Going into this, the thought of running in boots was daunting because most had blisters on the end of their toes from the load carry back on the last week’s exercise.  This was f9ollowed by drill.  As a whole, the Troop has pretty much grasped drill, but our slow march looks terrible.  After drill and lunch we had a phys session with a few recruits from Hunter Company joining us.  Unfortunately that night we had to sleep under our ponchos next to the fence because of the standard of the accommodation.

As the week developed, we were beginning to work well as a Troop and the PTI was happy with our effort levels and performance throughout the week.  When we deployed to Woodbury Common for an exercise, we hit most of our time deadlines and the Training Team seemed quite happy with us.  As the exercise developed we were inspected every morning.  Then we moved onto the teach phase of the day learning and practising observation, camouflage and concealment, judging distance, conditions affecting appearance and reaction to effective enemy fire.  When the training team gave us a demonstration of this, the noise was awesome and we could not wait to give it a go!

The week finished with a snow filled Woodbury Common and this sent some of the lads over the edge and if they did not want to be in training, they definitely did not now!  We marched back to camp and even though we were not carrying the side pouches, the Bergens were quite heavy.  When we finally finished the exercise and finally all passed the kit inspections, it was excellent to have a beer and relax.

 

Going into week 5, we started with our first 4 mile run in boots.  Going into this, the thought of running in boots was daunting because most had blisters on the end of their toes from the load carry back on the last week’s exercise.  This was f9ollowed by drill.  As a whole, the Troop has pretty much grasped drill, but our slow march looks terrible.  After drill and lunch we had a phys session with a few recruits from Hunter Company joining us.  Unfortunately that night we had to sleep under our ponchos next to the fence because of the standard of the accommodation.

As the week developed, we were beginning to work well as a Troop and the PTI was happy with our effort levels and performance throughout the week.  When we deployed to Woodbury Common for an exercise, we hit most of our time deadlines and the Training Team seemed quite happy with us.  As the exercise developed we were inspected every morning.  Then we moved onto the teach phase of the day learning and practising observation, camouflage and concealment, judging distance, conditions affecting appearance and reaction to effective enemy fire.  When the training team gave us a demonstration of this, the noise was awesome and we could not wait to give it a go!

The week finished with a snow filled Woodbury Common and this sent some of the lads over the edge and if they did not want to be in training, they definitely did not now!  We marched back to camp and even though we were not carrying the side pouches, the Bergens were quite heavy.  When we finally finished the exercise and finally all passed the kit inspections, it was excellent to have a beer and relax.

 

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