Any genuine tips for BRNC?

EliteBlue

Newbie
Hi all

I recently passed an AIB (about 3 weeks ago) and I also managed to get a place, training set to commence January 2022 (fairly close so I was happy about that). I wads wondering if anyone could give me any (serious) advice, whether personal or general- bearing in mind I'm 18 and will most likely be the youngest of the bunch, so I know I have to work even harder.

Cheers
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Hi all

I recently passed an AIB (about 3 weeks ago) and I also managed to get a place, training set to commence January 2022 (fairly close so I was happy about that). I wads wondering if anyone could give me any (serious) advice, whether personal or general- bearing in mind I'm 18 and will most likely be the youngest of the bunch, so I know I have to work even harder.

Cheers
Can’t give advice as I was lower deck. But, BZ and good luck!
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Do as much phiz as you can between now and yr joining date. Run, swim, and then run again. The fitter you are on day one the easier you will find the first six weeks.

Watch the YouTube stuff on uniform preparation, and practice your ironing. Then go for another long run, preferably with a long set of steps about halfway through.

As a Junior Officer I expect you to maintain a sense of humour at all times, walk with your head high, but not with arrogance. Oh, and leave your phone in your cabin.....

PS. I'm not commissioned, either! ;-)
 

pompeyexpat

War Hero
You'll be among the youngest, but you won't the only 18 year old there.

Be fit. The number of OCs that aren't astounds me. Nobody under the age of 25 should be running 2.4k slower than a 48 year old. I find the number that don't have the upper body strength to lift themselves out of a pool just as astonishing. You don't need to be superhuman, but arriving not able to pass the RNFT or Swim Test says a lot about the individual - none of it good.

Run and do some body-weight training. Arriving prepared physically will pay off in spades.

Get on top of your kit certainly (ironing and folding), but more importantly get on top of your time management and ability to prioritise. Folding and ironing kit isn't difficult at all, but to get it perfect takes a little time; spend that time loafing, scranning shit from the shop, or on your phone and you won't have done it perfectly. Too many people can't manage their time. Also, manage your time properly and you'll have the ability to stop and think, which is when you'll pick up the little things that need doing that can be the difference between being placed on Remedial Training or not. Good time management will reap rewards in every other aspect of training too.

Clutch in. Listen to what the training staff are telling you - and then do what they tell you. Don't think you know better. For example; the amount of OCs who on Dartmoor don't listen to the instructor about wet & dry routines, who think they'll be alright - who wants to put on wet kit? Those are the same OCs that are later going down because they've got no dry kit to change into - but why listen to the experienced Royal Marine Sergeant, it's not as if he's got any experience of staying alive and operating in the field is it?

Enjoy it. Some bits are more fun than others, but maintaining a positive outlook and mentality will make it easier. Engage fully with everything you're doing and be enthusiastic. Accept when you f**k up, accept that it was your fault, and learn from that so that you don't make the same mistake again, rather than wallowing in self-pity.
 

EliteBlue

Newbie
Thank you all for your replies, if I’m honest I wanted moreover experienced answers if anything commissioned or not (which all of you have given) From here to January gonna smash fitness out the park and try and keep that sense of humour :)
 
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Sumo

War Hero
Smashing fitness is ok, but don't overdo it, a strain or niggle you could normally handle ok, could be your undoing. Basic military training is by design full on and unrelenting, or that is how it can feal. Hence you need to be physically and mentally prepared for a challenge like you have never seen before. Remember your Ps Prior, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance.
Work hard, good luck.
 

Waspie

War Hero
Thank you all for your replies, if I’m honest I wanted moreover experienced answers if anything commissioned or not (which all of you have given) From here to January gonna smash fitness out the park and try and keep that sense of humour :)
OK, instead of generalising. Be specific in what exactly you want. What 'experienced' answers do you you want?
 
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