Discussion in 'RMR Section and RMR Selection' started by thegingerone, Oct 12, 2019.
Delighted to say that I've finally got my lid! Any questions fire away!
Hearty congratulations, very well done.
How long did it take you to complete Recruit Training & on average, what level of commitment did it take (how many weekends, drills, etc.,).
What is your civilian status (student, full time job) and how did you find the balance with home, occupation & training?
May the Force be with you.
Training was a total of 14 months. Weekends averaged around 1 every 3 weeks, with occasional back-t0-back weekends. Then obviously the 2 week Alpha Course, and 2 week RFCC. Then I'd be at the det every Wednesday for phys and lectures (you can miss the odd Wednesday but your seeing yourself off missing out on key training or technique lessons). A lot of the commitment is your own time - getting yourself fit. During the first phase, I'd practice navving on my Saturday mornings. The weekends alone are often not enough if you want to pass everything first time.
For me my circumstances were quite fortunate. I work a full-time 9-5 job, with flexible working so I never had problems fitting things around. I was also lucky enough, that my work gave me an extra 10 days annual leave to cover the Phase 1 Alpha Course. Unfortunately, my manager left, and I had to use 10 days of my holiday to cover the RFCC. I did also give up sport for a year (for fear of getting injured), which was pretty tough so I'm looking forward to getting back into that. Also, if I went on holiday I'd try to go on the Thursday and come back Wednesday morning before the next drill night - so there definitely were sacrifices. Its only just over a year of your life though, so If all goes to plan its well worth it!
Sounds like you had the balance spot on! How many of your original PRMC group passed out with you? Also, how did you find the best way to routine your phys in around work and life commitments?
And finally, without asking what you had for tea, did your other half/significant other back you the whole way? Asking for a friend
Well done on getting it done mate!!
We started with 40 and only 6 of us passed out - speaks for itself as to just how tough it is!
I'd do 6-7 workouts a week - a mixture of running, circuits and compound lifting, which I'd do after work (occasionally during my lunch break if I was busy in the evening). Its a lot I know, but you just have to remember what your trying to achieve.
I'm in a long distance relationship, so fortunately I've got more time to myself than most coupled up! She's fully supportive although she doesn't really know exactly what its all about.
Fair effort man, would you run in the morning and lift weights/circuits in the evening? That is something I am trying to form a habit of.
I am engaged to be married next year and my Mrs has taken some persuasion into me joining... but we are finally on the same page.
Depends, I didn't have a set routine in terms of what/when I'd do - I'd just do whatever I felt like and whatever I'd have time to do it. I actually think this helps to take the pressure off when your balancing a full-time job.
In terms of partners, my advice is to take it one step at a time. People have these big conversations and fall-outs with their partners, then end up wrapping after week 1. Training is over a year, a lot can change in that time, so take it as it comes! Hope that helps
Yep, I think about four out of 40 in the local unit have left for one reason or another by the end of the second training weekend.
Good effort mate, you must have had some hoofing oppos along the way!
Congratulations a tremendous achievement!
I’m really wanting to apply for the reserves just got over a knee injury and just started running again which I’m doing twice a week as I don’t want to rush into it and hurt it again. What’s a good fitness plan for the week that I should consider doing ?
What did you get up to on the alpha course? Is that where you do the BST and heli drills in the pool?
Alpha course is a two-week culmination of everything learnt during Phase 1 of training, with two field exercises, a four-mile speed march and a CFT.
The first field ex will be testing on all your phase 1 - kit musters, harbour routines, navs etc
The second is more of a look forward to phase 2 training - reccees, section attacks
Back on camp, thats where you'll do your dunker drills,
Expect a tough but enjoyable 2 weeks, which will give you a real sense of what its like to be at CTC as full-time recruit.
@thegingerone - congrats on the green lid mate!
Passed PRMC last week and due to start RMR training 25th April. Can’t wait. What was your favourite part of RT? What was the most difficult part? Best advice you could give?
Well done mate. That’s the first of many hurdles passed.
Best would be the end of Alpha Course - getting the honking, see-off half of training done and moving onto actually doing proper soldiering.
Worst for me was rope climbing! Genuinely my biggest hurdle during RT. I found a local gym, which happened to have high ropes and just practiced, got the staff their to film me and practiced some more.
Best advice? The old cliche: pain is temporary, success lasts forever - What’s a few months of hard work, if it means having a green lid for the rest of your life?
Brilliant! Can’t wait. I’ll keep my head down and grind through Alpha Course. I’m apprehensive about the rope climbing as I struggled with pull ups although I managed to conquer them in the end. Good idea about finding a gym with high ropes, will bare that in mind.
Yeah that’s a sentence I kept replaying in my head through PRMC, pain is only temporary and it’s normally worth the pain. I’ll go through any pain for a green lid!
Enjoying life after achieving your green lid? Managed to put it to good use?
Rope climbing becomes much much easier with good technique. It’s all in the legs. You essentially create a stirrup with by draping the end of the rope over one shin and then cupping the end up with the other leg- thus creating a secure foot hold.
Let your legs do the work, your arms are just used to hold your weight while you bring your legs up to your chest for the next push.
Thanks @Johnny_Anonie I’ve just screenshot that post and will do my best to etch it into the back of my eye lids!
Rope climbing is all technique. I maxed out on pull-ups but still struggled because I tried to muscle it. The skinniest rake in our troop was the best rope climber.
Your not actually taught to or allowed to climb with that technique. It’s more of a scissor round the rope with the ankles. Have a look on google there should be some videos of recruits rope climbing.
Don’t worry about it anyway, you’ll have plenty of teaching and practice.
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