157 Troop Recruit Diary – Week 14
As week 14 began we started to prepare for Exercise Baptist Run, the test exercise to confirm the skills we have learnt since the start of training. The Monday started off with a bottom field assessment session, and then the remainder of the day was spent sorting stores for exercise and CBRN lectures. Tuesday was an early start with a kit muster in the drill shed at 0600 hours, followed closely by a 4 mile speed march. The whole Troop managed to complete the speed march, which was a good start to the day. We then deployed into the field to start Ex Baptist Run. The first day on exercise was a practice for the assessments on the following two days. It went reasonably well, starting with a stalk and a static map stance and then concluding with a night navex. The next day followed the same lay out, with the similar assessments.
The third day however was different, as the weather stopped us from doing anything but a night nav in the evening. This turned out to be a bit more challenging than the last two however, as the weather made it more difficult to find our way round the checkpoints resulting in the Troop becoming very navigationally challenged. This ended up with 20 lads ending up at one checkpoint, which unfortunately happened to be the wrong one anyway. Other than that there was not a bad overall performance during the exercise. We then had an 8 mile load carry back to camp, where we started to de-service our kit ready for our final inspection on Saturday morning. On a whole the exercise was fairly good, although we lost a few lads along the way.