Ive answered a fair few questions about Raleigh and have found people stressing, obvious reasons why! Hopefully this insight into each week will help! This isn't as detailed as it could be, because that would be unbelievably long! WEEK 1 - Fresh Meat You turn up at Plymouth train station all dressed in your smart clothing trying not to look awkward while instantly judging people (Don't do this, itll just make things harder). Youll be met by your divisional leading hand who will take your details and log you in. When you report, make sure you say his rank, the last thing you want to do is piss him off in the first hour. Youll then be taken to a bus / coach / crappy MOD transport that will take you to the ferry. Here you get off, board the ferry on foot and catch a bus at the other side. (use this time to talk to the people who your with, you are going to live with them for ten weeks!). The bus then transports you straight to the gates of HMS Raleigh. When you arrive, its all a rush. Youll go into Ganges block and fill out so much paperwork your eyes will bleed. Make sure you have all your documentation on you at this time everything from EHIC (European Health Insurance Card through to your Pass port and exam results). After all the paperwork is complete, you are thrown into your mess decks and have to try on ALL the uniform that is in the box and bag at the end of your bed. Try EVERYTHING! Don't assume just because one top fits, the other 4 will. This will be your kit that you take to Phase 2 and the fleet so look after it from the get go! Make sure all the gash is ditched and the mess is kept as neat as it can be, they do walk round and check! Again, use this time to talk to your oppos, your all in the same boat! When everyone arrives youll be taken to scran. This will be your first insight as a squad as you are marched up by the staff. Don't worry, every new class is comical to watch marching, I remember my first day, I tick tocked half the way up the hill, it gets easier. There is a bad habit in Raleigh for people who just started to sit in silence when at scran. Once again, talk to people, learn their nickname and a fact or two about them. The rest of the week consists of self intros, youll meet the div staff and the veterans (you will owe these guys a lot!). Youll still be thrown about from powerpoint to powerpoint and brief to brief. we've all had to do it, just don't stress out and PVR! When you go to sign on, they will ask you who isn't going to go through with it, if you are having doubts you seriously need to think! You cant PVR (Pre Voluntary Release) in the first 4 weeks, so if you want to go home, TOUGH! The mile and a half is within the first few days and its the PTI's first impression of you. So just run until you can run anymore. I got 12:15 on my run, it was shocking specially as im 20 and deemed fit as I don't smoke, but because I was bowing out my arse, the staff were happy. Its all about 100% and commitment. If someones struggling, help them. Don't stand out too much as youll get picked up by your oppos and don't slack because youll get picked up by your staff! Just do your best and youll fly through it. Again, after the fitness test, the rest of the week drags with more presentation and powerpoints. Youll meet a lot of people and learn a lot of new things, just keep your head down and pay attention! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A NOTEPAD AND PEN!!! The best time of week one is by far the weekend. NOT! You might think its time to relax and watch films....but if you want to help yourself, youll talk to your seniors and get them to help you with your kit. The sooner you get it all squared away, the better. Youll have been taught how to do everything by this point and youll be competent enough to just get on with it. Make sure you use our seniors while they are there, they have ben through everything you about to go through. Sunday, church! Youll enjoy church wether your a bible basher or not. The sky pilot will introduce your class then go on and babble about a naked man on a cross and youll have a few sing songs then you can get your phones out and relax for an hour and a half. Make sure you relax as its a time to sit back and think about whats ahead. WEEK 2 Week 2 Is practically the same as week one apart from the PLT's and more phys. From day one the staff have been looking out for potential leadership. If you want to stand out, have the reasonability and think your a leader, make sure you show it. Being a part of the leadership team has its benefits even though it is just added stress. Youll be in charge of the class, getting them to point a and back. If you think you can go through with it, do it. Youll also get your first insight to Raleigh phys. Its a shock as you don't expect it to be like it is. Just go 100% and smash it! WEEK 3 - MTU This is a pretty decent week. MTU (Military Training Unit). A week of learning about the rifles and a few other bits and bobs youll probably never do. Most people make sure they enjoy this. Something about being in uniform with a British service rifle in your hands, You learn everything about the rifle from components through to how to fix a jam. It can get boring but just bare in there as it will pick up. You learn about the handling of the rifle Monday and Tuesday then Wednesday you have your Weapons Handling test and the DCCT range. If you pass your handling test then you can fire the live rounds on the Thursday. When your given 45 rounds to discharge indifferent stances does give you a rush! Enjoy it! Friday is the shit day. Wet and dry. The staff (Usually marines) will line you up and soak you in freezing cold water. You then have to get changed into dry kit and go to bed. You wake up to do a watch during the night and you need to put your wet clothes back on (Pointless and one of the worst things in Raleigh). If you can, make a hot wet immediately otherwise youll just freeze your tits off and youll be in a bad mood all day. That's really the just of week 3. When you finish wet and dry, make sure both the canisters are filled to the top with water. If you shake them, you shouldn't be able to hear anything. Otherwise youll be wearing it!