How Much Preparation Did You Do?

These days there is alot of emphasis on preparing for basic training. Getting fit, learning to wash iron etc and I was wondering how much notice your average trainee pays to the advice. Do most people do any preparation at all or just assume they can wing it when they get there? According my my other half he just turned out without even having a full kit list, and hoped for the best. So what's the norm :?:
 

dondon

MIA
Can't say I did anything in preperation for basic training , although that was way back in 1971 , just turned up & took what came my way , :?:
 

Scran_Bag

War Hero
Are you saying there is now pre basic training?
How much more basic than basic can there be?
When I joined in 69, we were taught everything from washing & shaving through to wiping your ass properly.
Can't imagine anything more basic than that.
 
I did nowt, but joined at 16, at that age you are fit enough not to worry about training and the rest is taught to you.
One of the most important skills I ever learned in the mob was "winging it".
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
I didn't do a whole lot either. Barely had time to buy the necessary kit anyway as I got offered a place two weeks after my interview when someone else dropped out. Not looked back either.

I note that the Royals do a pre-selection [short] week which obviously makes sense as it gives prospective recruits a flavour of what they're letting themselves in for.

SF
 

Heart-of-Oak

Badgeman
Lingyai said:
One of the most important skills I ever learned in the mob was "winging it".

Completely agree with that.

In my experience we plan plan plan in the mob (well what else are officers for?) but the instant the plan starts - something changes and you end up cuffing it.

The best thing you can do is learn and prepare yourself to wing-it.
 

chrisredditch

Midshipman
I learned how to sew but when I got to Raleigh all my badges and name-tags were already on my kit. (Easy Life 1980)
Apart from that I just went with the flow.
 

sadmann_insane!!

Midshipman
Lingyai said:
I did nowt, but joined at 16, at that age you are fit enough not to worry about training and the rest is taught to you.
One of the most important skills I ever learned in the mob was "winging it".

Same when i joined fella but alot of 16 year olds now are fat useless f*ckers! agree?
 

dunkers

War Hero
Having read all the Ganges tales about sewing your name on to everything, I genuinely was surprised when I went to Raleigh that they now provide a made-to-measure blue suit and sew on any badges you require :eek:
 
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