Hello all! Tuesday Don't know where to start. If anythings missed out or mixed up sorry, its all a blur of pain. Woke up Tuesday 3rd of March an absolute bag of nerves, worrying about everything, if i'd trained enough, what to eat, will I get on with the lads, all sorts. Got on the train with plenty of time to spare. 4 of us from Sheffield afco went down together so it was good to have some people to chat to and get the nerves settled. TIP, if your journey is a long one, bring food. I took a huge box of tuna/pasta down with me and it stood me in good stead. Every lad who got on the train after that who was wearing a suit I called over to sit with us! By the time we reached Exeter we had a group of 7 lads, met some more at the station and carried on our terrible nervous chat about the next few days. Arrived at the not so pearly gates of Lympstone and we're greeted by a terrifying Cpl who has us lined us up outside our accommodation (corridor!) and gave us a brief on what to expect over the next few days, how to communicate with ranks correctly and just general expectations. You'll learn very quickly that everything has to be done at 110% effort and speed, when a Cpl shouts CORRIDOR! drop what you're doing (if you're mid-poo...unlucky.) and leg it to the corridor and stand to asap, you do NOT want correctional phys. After this we unpacked our things, grabbed some boots, got some scran and just settled down for an early night. I slept about an hour because of nerves...and people snoring&farting...you know who you are. Wednesday Up at 5am for an ice cold shower and shave, no time to be tired because CORRIDOR. That's why. Stand to and you get the days brief, into suits and down to scran. Back to accommodation and clean up, I won't mention cleaning again after this but it happens a lot, make an effort to contribute in some way as you're ALWAYS being assessed, lazy people will be noticed. 3 mile tun time! To be honest the worst part of the entire experience (for me) was waiting around for the assessments, I hate waiting. Once the run started though all my nerves went and it was time to prove why I turned up. Came joint 1st with 2 other lads that crossed the line with me (...definitely won by a whisker ) return was in the 8.40s so pretty happy with that. DO NOT high 5 or congratulate one another when you finish, you will get thrashed. Straight back to grots for another shower (you'll have about 5 a day so bring some moisturiser) changed again and onto the gym tests! Remember to observe gym etiquette, do not scratch or fidget, the last thing you want is correctional phys, before phys. Tip - practice not scratching at your home gym, let the sweat just roll into your eyes! You might look like an absolute donut but it'll get you used to it. Bleep test first, we lost a fair few on this lads so make sure you have at least one practice at home before you even bother turning up, since the minimum level was moved to 11 its caught loads out. Came joint 1st on this with a lad, got 12.5. Press ups, sit ups and pull ups next, I didn't do great at press ups - 37. 65 sit ups. 9 pull ups. A couple didn't make their pull up requirement, lost around 10 overall on the weds, most on the bleep test. After this there's the swimming assessment, jump into the pool swim a length, walk a width, swim a length, dive to the bottom of the pool and get a brick off the bottom (harder than it sounds) climb out, not using the ladders unless you're over 80, or pregnant. Interviews next, cannot stress enough how much the Cpls are cracking down on corps knowledge, they are sick of lads turning up not knowing anything. What was once a layed back sit around chat has turned into a formal grilling on your knowledge of the Corps, they want detail. Revise VC winners/dates and what they won it for, not just the two lines of wiki about it, have a good idea of what went on during the event and be able to answer probing questions on it. Learn about recent conflicts like Afghanistan Iraq and the Falklands. After interviews scran and bed, eat well whenever you can lads, even if you don't feel hungry you'll need the calories.