Holding troop is a good introduction to life on board in an RMR unit. The idea is to get you up to the MINIMUM standard of fitness that is needed to get through the selection phase. Godd luck with it mate, did mine in feb 1991 on a cold weekend in Deal. In the oggin, out the oggin, firemans carries up the beach, down the beach!! Get the idea :wink:laxy said:I went Holding troop for my first time last night, thought I was getting my fitness back, as I've been training for a few weeks beforehand, it was still very hard going, but afterwards you love it.Can't wait till Sept.
Think my holding troop duration was around 2 months long. Come to think of it i agree with your bad points harry, the Cpl in charge at the time wasn't really interested and we were left to get on with it a bit. Once phase 1 started however it got a lot more structured.Harry_Masker said:Holding Troop, like most things in the forces has its good and bad points.
Insight for the lads
Knowledge of the RMR
No real ownership by units
Bad image when â€œthe football is onâ€ no one turns up!
No structure i.e. you can only take lads for Phys that have the correct paper work.
A percentage (but not all) guys drop out prior to the selection due to the duration of holding troop.
Holding Troop should be no more than 1 month prior to the Selection weekend, with all paper work complete. This would dispel the fear of the Selection weekend, and building up nice and easy for the tests.
I have seen guys miss the bar, because they were ill prepared by the Det, Careers office or just a blind sales pitch to get lads across the gate.
â€œTeach in, rather than fail and outâ€
Drip over :shock:
Hello matey,laxy said:Hi evryone, as you probabley gathered (as I am a regular blogger) I have just joined holding troop, got till Sept to get myself fit, can anyone tell me what exactly do you have to do on the selection weekend, how far am I expected to run, will I be beasted before the run? and how fit do I really have to be?
15/5, thats a pretty high target to attain!! I only remember one person in said unit that could do that. And that was me.lolBeowulf said:Hello matey,laxy said:Hi evryone, as you probabley gathered (as I am a regular blogger) I have just joined holding troop, got till Sept to get myself fit, can anyone tell me what exactly do you have to do on the selection weekend, how far am I expected to run, will I be beasted before the run? and how fit do I really have to be?
This is probably the best run down of what the weekend will entail. Again depending on what unit you are at things may change but it gives you a good idea:
All tests will be conducted with a thorough warm up (read: beasting!). Farking 16 pull ups, I should be so lucky! And I don't know what 15/5 means on the bleep test, I guess you should aim for level 11 +
Good luck buddy!
Agreed, however when I was in London HT last year for 7 months there were guys and myself included that were at the correct level of fitness to progress into Phase 1. There will always be people at different levels of fitness but we just wanted to get on with it. Out of the original bunch I started with two of us got quite serious injuries, one was a broken ankle!sandam said:I'm doing HT at Bermondsey myself in preperation for the regulars. And from what I've experienced I'm a fair ways off the fitness level required but what I get from it, other than a good ol' beasting is ideas and what sort of training to do by myself. We've had one interest lecture so far and I hope a few more to come. And the bermondsey detatchment does intakes once a month for holding troop (I reckon on a fairly continuous basis). I disagree with a short period of holding troop as well. I see HT as kind of a practice session. And I want as much practice as I can get.