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I counted 6/7 field exercises in the course, is this accurate? I would have thought there'd been more? I'm guessing many of the lessons you learn as a Joe are out in the field regardless if it's an exercise or not.
 

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I counted 6/7 field exercises in the course, is this accurate? I would have thought there'd been more? I'm guessing many of the lessons you learn as a Joe are out in the field regardless if it's an exercise or not.
I’d say that’s about right these days. Not sure how in date mackers is but 6/7 would be about right. 3 ex’s early on building on skills and harbour routine then into the 3 or 4 Tac Ex’s which will include day and night platoon attacks, live firing and the worst 8 days of your life crawling around otterburn
 

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I’d say that’s about right these days. Not sure how in date mackers is but 6/7 would be about right. 3 ex’s early on building on skills and harbour routine then into the 3 or 4 Tac Ex’s which will include day and night platoon attacks, live firing and the worst 8 days of your life crawling around otterburn
Thank you for the gen! Highly appreciated.
 

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You’ll spend a lot of time in the field and Catterick back area is rats believe me! You’ll be out most days with most lessons being outside from PT, battle PT, section attack and platoon attacks, ranges, navigation lessons, urban area clearance, live firing and all that good stuff. 6 or 7 exercises is spot on. Final ex is hard and you get fragged for 7 nights
 

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You’ll spend a lot of time in the field and Catterick back area is rats believe me! You’ll be out most days with most lessons being outside from PT, battle PT, section attack and platoon attacks, ranges, navigation lessons, urban area clearance, live firing and all that good stuff. 6 or 7 exercises is spot on. Final ex is hard and you get fragged for 7 nights

The Urban Trg area is mega. Before I left ITC
a visit by C Coy 1 PARA was organised for them to make use of the urban training area but also to engage with Joe. A platoon of SFSG parachuted from a C130 on to Catterick training area, conducted an urban clearance of an objective and then spoke to a couple of platoons of enthusiastic Joe. The blokes shared their experiences and words of wisdom to the wide eyed recruits, providing Joe with a healthy dose of motivation to succeed in their aspiration to join the reg.
 

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I counted 6/7 field exercises in the course, is this accurate? I would have thought there'd been more? I'm guessing many of the lessons you learn as a Joe are out in the field regardless if it's an exercise or not.
If you've not been there, like most training camps Catterick has its own training area right out the back gate. So like you guessed, for plenty of lessons and phys you'll be on the area, exactly the same place you go for a "field" exercise. The difference is about definition more than anything else - a field exercise means you'll be sleeping out at least one night, but also requires a lot more admin, deconfliction, planning, etc for the training team. Your DS can and will do a lesson outside on the area any given day without extra paperwork.

Frankly, the best learning environment is not always when blokes have been fragged without sleep for days!
 

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As usual Snows has hit the nail on the head. You’ll be out on the back area ALOT. The training area comprises of close to 20,000 acres so trust us when we say it’s vast. It is mainly hilly, muddy, wet North Yorkshire moorland. They have Small Arms, MG, Grenades, 81mm Mortar, Demolitions, Anti-tank, CQB and UGL ranges on the area. You’ll have lessons on everything from fire team Fire & Manoeuvre to Casualty Evacuation methods and everything in between out there. Bring plenty of moral fibre!! Your lessons will be progressive and expect to be outside. Infanteering is a specialism in its own right and you can’t learn it without being outside.
In terms of exercises expect to do three intro ex’s which range from overnight to three nights which will progressively test and confirm all the fieldcraft & personal admin skills you will have been taught. Then moving forward expect to do a number of tactical exercises ranging from patrols/offensive operations exercise to tactical defence exercise involving digging, building, living in and fighting from trenches. You’ll also do an Urban clearance ex learning to fight in built up areas. This all cumulates in a 8 day final ex which will test you on all skills taught against a live enemy. It will involve long insertion tabs, tactical harbours, being bumped, patrol skills, organising fire support positions, assaulting enemy positions, Live Fire Tactical Training and fighting with bayonets fixed. P Coy is the easy part..
 

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Just a quick one in relation first weeks admin and jabs, what are the exact jabs that they give you? Also would this covid 19 vaccine be mandotary or would you be able to refuse it?
 

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Just a quick one in relation first weeks admin and jabs, what are the exact jabs that they give you? Also would this covid 19 vaccine be mandotary or would you be able to refuse it?

@The CSM will know but why wouldn’t you take it? No idea if it will form part of the vaccination programme but bare in mind that although vaccinations are “voluntary” if you refuse without good medical reason you will render yourself non-deployable and therefore you’ll be shown the door.

From memory the list, outside of the norm UK childhood ones is
  • Yellow fever
  • Anthrax
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
 

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Okay that sounds fair, they look pretty standard to be honest. Don't get my wrong im not an anti vaccer honestly just wondering. Already had some of those so that's all good
 

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Had a few pms so this is easier and more helpful but any more recent lads feel free to amend as this is a bit out of date but not too different. Also I haven’t included all the PT sessions. You’ll do a lot
It’ll give you a decent heads up what to expect. Don’t underestimate the PT as I don’t go into detail as it builds and builds. But you get the idea. Just a rough overview. Also mashed some weeks together. Any questions ask


Week 1
Move in
• Kit issue
• Medical admin, jabs etc
• Initial fitness assessment
• Financial, Persec, OpSec briefs
• Admin lessons, ironing, bedmaking etc and intro to inspections and drill

Week 2
• Rifle and drill lessons
• Introductory exercise (overnight in the field)
• Basic field craft
• Introduction to physical training

Weeks 3-4
Rifle and drill lessons
• Rifle weapon handling tests
• Physical training
• Exercise (two nights in the field)
• trainasium intro

Weeks 5-7
Various PT lessons including tabbing
• Introduction to Live Firing Marksmanship Training
• Battlefield casualty drills
• Map reading
Grenade training
• Drill practice and drill test
• Obstacle course
• Light Machine Gun lessons
Long weekend

Week 8
Live Firing Marksmanship Training to 300 metres
• Signals and map reading
• Arms drill and Adjutant's Drill Test
• Obstacle course and Swimming
• Battle fitness: speed tabs
• Light Machine Gun lessons
• Live Firing Marksmanship Training
• Map Reading
• steeplechase course


Week 9-11
• Live Firing Marksmanship Training to 400 metres and rifle marksmanship test
• 6-mile loaded march
• Arms drill
• Battlefield casualty drills
• Various PT
• Introduction to signals
• Loaded marches
• Trainasium
• Map reading
• Light Machine Gun lessons
• Under-slung Grenade Launcher lessons and
weapon handling test
• Battlefield casualty drill test
• Bayonet fighting
• Grenade throwing lessons and test

Week 12-13

Adventure Training: hill walking, kayaking, climbing, abseiling, caving and orienteering
• weapon system lessons
• Grenade training
• Ceremonial drill lessons
• Battlefield casualty drills
• 6-mile loaded march
• Signals training
• Physical training: Steeplechase 2
GPMG lesson and range
• Under-slung Grenade Launcher simulated firing
• Live firing Marksmanship Training to 400 metres

Week 14

Loaded marches
• Live Firing Marksmanship Training to 400 metres
and Marksmanship test
• Physical training: stretcher and log race
• Interim fitness assessment
• Field craft tests, arms drill and more physical fitness tests.

Week 15

• Tactical Exercise (1 week exercise, practising all of the skills learned) plus fire, movement and map reading tests.
• Marksmanship training, ranges, SA80/LMG/GPMG
• Physical training: Steeplechase 3 • CFT• Loaded marches

Week 17-18

• Counter-Improvised Explosive Device training
• Ranges
• Various PT including: 9 mile loaded march, various long distance runs, log race, Steeplechase 4, intro to milling
• Regimental and P Coy history briefs
• Preparation for P Coy/beat up phys

Week 19-20

• Weapon and marksmanship tests
• Physical training: Steeplechase 5, trainasium,
various runs
• CBRN training
• Night Vision Goggles lesson and live fire at night
• Basic IT training
• P Coy beat up
• Commence P' Company

Week 20-21
• P' Company and beret parade
• Driver theory training
• Tactical exercise 3
• Urban Combat Skills training

Week 23-24

• General Purpose Machine Gun lessons and weapon handling test
• Arms drills
• Physical training: 8-mile run
• Live firing: Automatic fire and firing at moving
targets
• Live firing: Close-Quarter Marksmanship and live
firing at night
• Individual battle shooting and section in defence

Week 25-26
• Live Firing Tactical Training battle camp • Battle drills under live firing conditions •
Final exercise - all field craft and tactics taught assessed

Week 27-28

• Ceremonial drill and parade practice
• March and shoot competition
10 miler tab
• Final medicals and administration
• Pass Out Parade

Week 29-30
Practical driver training lessons and driving test. Leave and deploy to Battalion.
Only real difference now is that the drill test is now week 10 so just have to stick with the crow cap a bit longer
 

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If I already have a driving license would I go to Battalion after pass out and skip the driving training in the previous weeks?
 

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This may be a dumb question but on the Royal Marines forum they’re talking about having to hand wash your clothing during recruit training, not a big deal just something to get used to. Just wondering if it’s the same in para depot?
 

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You will have nights you go and bring your clothes to the laundry but you can hand wash if you want
 

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This may be a dumb question but on the Royal Marines forum they’re talking about having to hand wash your clothing during recruit training, not a big deal just something to get used to. Just wondering if it’s the same in para depot?
Be handy to bring some washing powder with you for night you want clean your civvies, pt shirts etc even your kit if you don’t want to wait until u can bring it to the wash
 
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