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Hello all,

I’m 17 and joining the army, however this forum has been a fantastic help fitness wise. Passed selection and now waiting for catterick to re open to start Basic training for the rifles.

Slightly nervous about basic training due to having a slight needle phobia. I’m ok with jabs but having my blood drawn really messes with me and I end up going really light headed and most the time end up having to lie down.. really embarrassing! If anyone has any advice that would be great, surely I’m not the only one who hates needles joining the military?!
 

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Welcome to the site pal. Feel free to ask any questions, loads of current and former Army lads about if you need specific help.
 

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Don't look when the needle goes in take a deep breath in before the needle goes in and breath out as the needle goes in. It's impossible to tense up as you exhale. Focus on your breathing and it'll help. I've almost passed out getting bloods done and by focussing on my breathing, I'm okay with it.
 

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Things might have changed since I left the army 10 years ago, but I never once had my bloods taken so you probably don’t even have to worry.
 

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Sit in a comfortable position, with your back upright but not stiff. Let your shoulders and jaw relax. Put one hand low down on your belly. Take a long, slow, deep, gentle breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to breathe right down into your belly, but don’t force it. Just let your body breathe as deeply as is comfortable for you. Do this for five breaths. It’ll chill you out.

Overcoming your fear will take some time and practice, but it will make life less stressful and you will feel less anxious.
 

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Welcome and good luck.

Out of interest, what was it that drew you towards the Rifles specifically?

Interestingly enough, I remember at 15 scouring through the Infantry regiments on the Army website when I first considered the military to see if any caught my eye. None of them really caught my eye, except maybe the PARAs. The way I saw it, there wasn't much to distinguish between the Regiments and I wanted to be part of a more Unique outfit.

I'm sure you'll have a different view and rightly so, but why the Rifles?
 

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Welcome and good luck.

Out of interest, what was it that drew you towards the Rifles specifically?

Interestingly enough, I remember at 15 scouring through the Infantry regiments on the Army website when I first considered the military to see if any caught my eye. None of them really caught my eye, except maybe the PARAs. The way I saw it, there wasn't much to distinguish between the Regiments and I wanted to be part of a more Unique outfit.

I'm sure you'll have a different view and rightly so, but why the Rifles?

I wonder if his recruiter was RIFLES?

Joking aside the RIFLES is a huge and diverse regiment with five regular battalions and three reserve battalions. It is possible for a rifleman to move around the battalions during his career.

1 & 2 RIFLES are light infantry.

3 RIFLES is one of just four 'Strike' Infantry Battalions within the Army

4 RIFLES has been given the British Army's Spec Inf responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa which looks, on the surface, to be an interesting unit.

5 RIFLES fulfils an armoured Infantry Role with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle and other armoured support vehicles.
 

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Welcome and good luck.

Out of interest, what was it that drew you towards the Rifles specifically?

Interestingly enough, I remember at 15 scouring through the Infantry regiments on the Army website when I first considered the military to see if any caught my eye. None of them really caught my eye, except maybe the PARAs. The way I saw it, there wasn't much to distinguish between the Regiments and I wanted to be part of a more Unique outfit.

I'm sure you'll have a different view and rightly so, but why the Rifles?
Hi mate,

It’s always been between the Paras and the Rifles for me personally. Had both available to me after selection due to smashing a 7:10 2k (big thanks to this forum and the adrenaline on the day!). Went on a 3 day insight course down at catterick and got the opportunity to speak to lads in training, training staff and serving lads posted to us as our mentors for the event, all from different regiments. Before this it was always Paras because I wanted to be the ‘best’ but quickly realised that it doesn’t really matter what regiment you join and who’s the best is just opinion and banter. I like the Rifles history, the size of the regiment gives me the ability to move between battalions and experience different aspects of the infantry if I want to, specialised infantry battalion which seem to travel about a lot, promotion is claimed to be a bit faster and the battalion locations seem decent. From a career perspective I feel the Rifles can offer me a bit more than perhaps smaller regiments in the army and hence my decision to join them. Although it sounds a bit cheesy, it was just a good gut feeling and I was like yeah that’s the regiment I want to join.
 

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I wonder if his recruiter was RIFLES?

Joking aside the RIFLES is a huge and diverse regiment with five regular battalions and three reserve battalions. It is possible for a rifleman to move around the battalions during his career.

1 & 2 RIFLES are light infantry.

3 RIFLES is one of just four 'Strike' Infantry Battalions within the Army

4 RIFLES has been given the British Army's Spec Inf responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa which looks, on the surface, to be an interesting unit.

5 RIFLES fulfils an armoured Infantry Role with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle and other armoured support vehicles.
Beat me to my reply haha!

My recruiter was Royal Artillery and he simply told me straight up not to join as he hated it!

The diversity is definitely a big factor in my decision to join the Rifles, I feel as if I can have a long a varied career within the Regiment.
 

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Hi mate,

It’s always been between the Paras and the Rifles for me personally. Had both available to me after selection due to smashing a 7:10 2k (big thanks to this forum and the adrenaline on the day!). Went on a 3 day insight course down at catterick and got the opportunity to speak to lads in training, training staff and serving lads posted to us as our mentors for the event, all from different regiments. Before this it was always Paras because I wanted to be the ‘best’ but quickly realised that it doesn’t really matter what regiment you join and who’s the best is just opinion and banter. I like the Rifles history, the size of the regiment gives me the ability to move between battalions and experience different aspects of the infantry if I want to, specialised infantry battalion which seem to travel about a lot, promotion is claimed to be a bit faster and the battalion locations seem decent. From a career perspective I feel the Rifles can offer me a bit more than perhaps smaller regiments in the army and hence my decision to join them. Although it sounds a bit cheesy, it was just a good gut feeling and I was like yeah that’s the regiment I want to join.
Maybe one of the best answers Ive ever seen on this forum. All the best in your future career.
 

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Hi mate,

It’s always been between the Paras and the Rifles for me personally. Had both available to me after selection due to smashing a 7:10 2k (big thanks to this forum and the adrenaline on the day!). Went on a 3 day insight course down at catterick and got the opportunity to speak to lads in training, training staff and serving lads posted to us as our mentors for the event, all from different regiments. Before this it was always Paras because I wanted to be the ‘best’ but quickly realised that it doesn’t really matter what regiment you join and who’s the best is just opinion and banter. I like the Rifles history, the size of the regiment gives me the ability to move between battalions and experience different aspects of the infantry if I want to, specialised infantry battalion which seem to travel about a lot, promotion is claimed to be a bit faster and the battalion locations seem decent. From a career perspective I feel the Rifles can offer me a bit more than perhaps smaller regiments in the army and hence my decision to join them. Although it sounds a bit cheesy, it was just a good gut feeling and I was like yeah that’s the regiment I want to join.
Yer fair one mate. Decent insight. Best of luck!
 

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Alright mate, sorry I can’t help with needle situation, however I’m in a similar situation to you as I’ve passed selection for Paras and waiting for Catterick to re-open to start basic. Don’t suppose you have heard when it could be re-opening? All I’ve heard from my AFCO is that they will be in touch shortly.
 

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Alright mate, sorry I can’t help with needle situation, however I’m in a similar situation to you as I’ve passed selection for Paras and waiting for Catterick to re-open to start basic. Don’t suppose you have heard when it could be re-opening? All I’ve heard from my AFCO is that they will be in touch shortly.
Funny you should ask that mate, I was on the phone to my candidate manager and he said the rumour going about is catterick opening back up on June 15th however it could be delayed until July depending on the coronavirus situation so just got to wait it out.
 

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Funny you should ask that mate, I was on the phone to my candidate manager and he said the rumour going about is catterick opening back up on June 15th however it could be delayed until July depending on the coronavirus situation so just got to wait it out.
Fair one mate, its a long wait but just got to take the positives and use the extra few months to keep smashing the fitness, cheers for reply
 

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I’d say if you’re going rifles it’s obviously not a negative to be a good runner but you don’t do as much as we do. What would help is getting strong at squats and deadlifts or basically strengthening your legs and core and posterior chain. Will make insertion tabs a lot easier and you tab slower but heavier than us so strength will help! To be honest strength is never going to be a negative but it’s often over looked by lads who join as long as you’re still fit enough and not carrying unnecessary weight
 

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I’d say if you’re going rifles it’s obviously not a negative to be a good runner but you don’t do as much as we do. What would help is getting strong at squats and deadlifts or basically strengthening your legs and core and posterior chain. Will make insertion tabs a lot easier and you tab slower but heavier than us so strength will help! To be honest strength is never going to be a negative but it’s often over looked by lads who join as long as you’re still fit enough and not carrying unnecessary weight
100% agree with you mate, my college tutor who served in the infantry recommended I bulk up back up and work on my strength after selection which is what I’ve been aiming to do. I got really into powerlifting before applying but cut down massively so I could run, hopefully some of that strength is still there. Also got to get the miles into my legs as I never ran over 4 miles training for assessment centre.
 

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100% agree with you mate, my college tutor who served in the infantry recommended I bulk up back up and work on my strength after selection which is what I’ve been aiming to do. I got really into powerlifting before applying but cut down massively so I could run, hopefully some of that strength is still there. Also got to get the miles into my legs as I never ran over 4 miles training for assessment centre.
Yeah that’ll be sound then hopefully, you won’t be doing to many miles anyway lad as the army new program is more like circuit based etc. A good all round fitness is probably ideal
 
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