Sunday, 20 September 2015

How Long Is Phase 1 Training

Phase 1

Initial Training (Phase 1) is conducted at the Army Training Regiment, Pirbright and winchester and is 14 weeks long. You go Afc harrogate if 16 and 17 and 5 moths old and is either 49/23 weeks long depending on cap badge. Infantry training center catterick is for para and inventory and is 26 weeks long but this is your phase 1 and 2 combined.

The training is designed to give entrants the basic military skills to undertake duties required of a soldier and to fully prepare them for further stages of training.
  • Skill at Arms (weapon handling and marksmanship principles)
  • Fieldcraft (putting into practice what you have learnt)
  • First Aid
  • CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear defence training)
  • Physical training
  • Drill
  • Adventure training
  • Education
  • Sport

How to bull your parade shoes

Items you will need
  • Selvyt cloth/ cotton wool
  • kiwi polish black
  • bowl of water
  • newspaper

Ok guys im going to show you 6 simple steps to bull your parade shoes, alot of people have different ways of doing it but these steps have worked best for me.

 1. Step one put your news paper on the ground or on a table this is so you don't get the polish all over.

 2. Step two fill your bowl up with water place it next to your newspaper and open your tin of polish.

3. Step three wipe your shoes down with a dry selvyt cloth to get all the dust and crap off them.

 4. Step four take the selvyt cloth and with one finger dip it into your bowl of water and then into your polish not too much though because you want to apply thin layers each time for a more mirrored finish.

 5. Step five apply the polish in a 2cm wide circular motion, after a while you will start to see shiny circles this is good it means you have nearly completed your layer. when the layer is complete repeat again and again until you are satisfied with the shine.

 6. Step six your shoes are now complete, if you need to top up your shine before parades/inspections use the cotton wool same process as using the selvyt cloth.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

First Day At basic What to Expect

Woke up early 2nd June 2013 butterflys in my stomach feeling like what the hell am i getting myself into today, Had breakfast said goodbye to everyone and set off to the train station with all my bags, jumped on the train sat in my seat and tried to relax i was four hours away from the unknown. I finally arrived at Winchester train station to be greeted by a corporal he said "name get in the van" that was it , i was bricking myself at this stage, we drove in total silence to the base which was only 10 minutes from the train station once there we went into the gym hall to be met by our training staff. The training staff we're good they would make you feel comfortable ask you questions like where have you come from and what work did you do before this. My nerves were at ease now, we cracked on with all our paper work which took about two hours then we were measured up for all our uniform, berets etc. After all that we were given our troops and marched to our living quarters. The living quarters are good at Winchester five man rooms with a nice bit of storage space for all your kit, single man showers, drying room, kitchen with sink and microwave. After we put all our kit away it was time for dinner this is were you can speak to the other lads and get to know your room mates you'll be living with for the next fourteen weeks. The food i had was nice chicken curry and rice and a chocolate cake for desert. After dinner we went back to our rooms for a brief on what was going on the next day and that was it basically for day one piece of piss when i look back at it now don't know why i was so nervous there's nothing to worry about.


How Much Do You Get Paid In Basic Training.

Your starting salary in basic training is £14,492, on average i was coming out with roughly £897 after all my charges, monthly food charge was £137, tax was £81, national insurance was £55, and accommodation charge was £21. Its pretty ok if you compare it to what you'd pay as a civilian plus you don't get to spend that much whilst your in training anyway. In my phase two training my annual salary was £17,767 coming out with £1225 after all my charges. when you join your unit your pay is in levels, level 1= £17,945 level 2= £18,427 level 3= £18,910 level 4= £20,521 level 5= £21,599 level 6= £21,968 level 7= £22,908 level 8= £23,957 level 9= £24,825. Each level represents 1 year spent in the army.  


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Tips For Basic Training British Army

    Top ten Do's and Dont's in basic training

  1. Put 100% into everything you do.
  2. Listen to everything your training staff say.
  3. Be polite and respectful to your peers and friends.
  4. Be enthusiastic.
  5. Keep in contact with your family.
  6. Have an open mind.
  7. Work well with others.
  8. Be at least five minutes early to where you have to be.
  9. Eat alot because your body will need it note: you wont get fat.
  10. Prep everything you need at night for the next day so you are organized.   

  1. Don't say i carnt do it they don't like that.
  2. Don't get caught with your hands in your pockets big pet hate.
  3. Don't get caught spitting.
  4. Don't jack on your mates, don't worry you will soon know what jack means in training.
  5. Don't steal anyone's kit even if its just boot polish.
  6. Don't have an attitude towards any of the training staff they hate attitudes.
  7. Don't think you know it all (Cadets) (ex TA).
  8. Don't be lazy on PT.
  9. Don't get drunk because they will get rid of you.
  10. Don't talk when you are having a lesson or a brief.

If you stick to these do's and dont's in basic training you wont go far wrong I'm just giving you this advise from my experiences in basic training.