163 Troop Training Diary – Week 1
Upon arrival at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), we were all extremely nervous about joining 163 Troop and starting Royal Marine Recruit Training. We knew it would be hard to adjust to the lifestyle of a Marine but all are dedicated to the cause.
The first week of training has been both physically and mentally demanding, as there is so much to be done in such little time. On Tuesday we performed a sit up, press up, pull up and VO2 max test (PT Assessment) to give the Physical Training Instructor and Training Team a rough idea of our general fitness levels. We then performed a swim test to find out if we were confident in stepping of a 3m high diving board and then treading water for approximately 5 minutes. The PTI instructors also led us through an Introduction to Military Fitness (IMF) and the extremely infamous camp circuit!
Throughout the first week of training we worked a lot on Administration, this is mainly presentation of ourselves and our equipment. We have spent countless hours helping each other preparing lockers for inspections. We have also had several lectures on Military subjects by various instructors within the Royal Marines. We had a Battle Fitness Test (BFT) on Friday which consisted of 50 sit-ups, 5 pull-ups and a 3 mile run – 1.5 mile out as a Troop and a 1.5 mile best effort run back. This was challenging for the Troop but we all came in under 10 min which our Training Team seemed happy with.
Saturday we were introduced to drill (marching around properly) in the morning and then got the afternoon off!!