Went down to my son's parade on Friday 15th January and what a great day it was (bloody cold though). The drill was excellent, especially considering the limited amount of times they'd been practicing. My son absolutely detested the first week - he was stunned that he didn't have a room of his own and that the instructors called him by his last name! However, as the weeks progressed he got to like it more and more, especially the physical side. A tip from him - get as fit as you can and then some more before you join. As a parent, it made me really proud, not only of my son but the way the Navy has changed him and the way that his instructors worked on him to change some of his ways. Any questions, please feel free to ask.