We had just begun to settle in to the new accommodation as week 4 started. As previously said the standards have increased here, as the Troop found out Monday morning, failing a locker inspection has consequences. The week would consist of numerous lectures, prevention of injuries, coping with loss and most importantly on Woodbury Common we would be spending our first night on Woodbury this week on exercise first step.
Ex First Step consisted of one night in Woodbury Common and taught us the basics of personal administration in the field. From learning how to cook rations and how to wash in the field. We also got a taste of the famous Woodbury rash. On completion of Ex First Step we had a 4 mile march back to CTCRM, the first chance for many lads to experience marching with weight.
On arrival at CTCRM we were shown how to de-service our field kit, followed by another inspection in the morning, which once again we failed to impress the Trg Team. At this point it came apparent to the Troop that we had pushed the training team one step to far, the following evening we were told to prepare for CQC (Close Quarter Combat) which some how turned out to be a surprise mud run. If there was any doubts if we had pushed the training team one step to far, they were definitely shattered as we were crawling through the mud. The mud run can either be scheduled to be a bit of fun or a punishment, unfortunately for our Troop it was the later. Even though it was used a punishment it also had a positive effect on the Troop, increasing morale and getting our minds back on track to why we are here.
At the end of the week we all had our Weapon Handling Tests which everyone passed on the day, this now allows us to fire blanks on exercises and on the ranges. This test was also criteria meaning we had to pass it to continue on with training. The up coming week looks to be promising with our first ‘real’ exercise and Families Day approaching.