Holding Troop...does it work?

stinkfire9816

Midshipman
Cold and wet cheers for that, I am actually part of the ENEMY that is the training team. This is my first venture on this site, just gettin a feel for the place. Did you enjoy what it gave you?
 

iceman

Midshipman
holding troop is good, gives you a good initial insight into the RMR and gives you an idea of the fitness work you need to be doing in your own time. ours could have been made more interesting by getting the odd lecture rather than purely phys, maybe we will get that this time, who knows.
 
Alright Stinkfire

Im joining the next recruit troop in August/September (RMR Scotland, Edinburgh Det) and will be contacting my unit shortly to find out about dates for holding troop.

From a newcomers perspective, I think it would be good to work on the core fitness prinicipals that a Recruit would experience thoughout the course, such as running, rope work, hill sprints, circuits etc and also a few lectures to give everyone a general idea of how it all comes together.

Im not sure how feesible it would be, but getting out into the field to conduct some basic adventure/fitness type training and a chance to view the Phase 2 Recruits "doing the job" would be great too.

Cheers
 

laxy

Midshipman
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.
 

nutty_bag

War Hero
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.

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:
 

miffta

Midshipman
I also went to my first holding troop last night(LIVDET) There was 3 of us there,(due to football i believe) one of the lads there who went last week said there was about 12 lads there last week. we were given a timetable for each holding troop. each week the night is divided into 2 sections, Half classroom or Drill & half Phizz.... which to me is much more usefull and interesting than just pure phizz. it will also take some pressure off when / if you start Training..

I really enjoyed it although we didnt get to do any phizz due to time restrictions and paperwork also a lack of PTI i think...

Definately going next week. The two reservists doing the holding troop
were very good at what they were doing..

Attending Holding troop will definately give you an advantage when you go for selection weekend and also in training if you get selected

Thanks all who read this!!!!!
 

Harry_Masker

Badgeman
Holding Troop, like most things in the forces has its good and bad points.

Good being:-

Insight for the lads
Knowledge of the RMR
Phys
Dispels fears

Bad points:-
No real ownership by units
Bad image when “the football is on†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.


“Teach in, rather than fail and outâ€

Drip over :shock:
 
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