Just a note for those of you asking about fitness levels in basic training. Today is mad Wednesday for my lad - he passes out on Friday. Today they have to do the assault course, followed by the obstacle course, followed by a 2 mile squad run carrying a 15 stone stretcher, followed by a quick shower and change to be ready for the swimming circuit, followed by a shower change to do a military exercise presentation. He went in reasonably fit - achieved 10 mins 30 on his first run - by week 5 he was down to 9 mins 40. He was by no means the fastest or the fittest. Many failed the first run and were on remedials both for the running and the swimming, which made life tough and the days long. Basically what I am trying to say is get as fit as you can before you start - it will make life easier for you once you are in.