168 TROOP WEEKLY DIARY WEEK 4
On return to CTCRM from the long weekend it became apparent that a case of ‘Lympstone Blues’ had struck a few members of the troop. The realisation of what lay ahead of us caused a feeling similar to that of the first day of training to crawl over the troop.
I can only assume that these ‘Lympstone Blues’ caused 168 Tp to display ‘insufficient enthusiasm and dedication’ during the first gym session of the week. Needless to say, the PTIs were more than capable of getting the required work rate out of us. After this swift lesson the week continued in the right direction.
The main event of the week was Exercise FIRST STEP, which was primarily aimed at teaching us how to survive in the field, from erecting basic shelters to cooking and field hygiene. For most these were completely new skills which resulted in a few floppy ponchos and some tepid rations.
The week, like most at CTC, was over almost as soon as it began. It is apparent that the troop now knows the level expected from each individual and the importance of maintaining this level. We are also beginning to understand that second thoughts and injuries may be part of the process and are there to be overcome, often through the constant humour that is now evident after every occasion and which we know we will need to succeed.