Discussion in 'Stickies/Frequently Asked Questions' started by Ninja_Stoker, Mar 19, 2008.
Do you need a ironing board as well as a steam iron
You can buy one at the naafi, but they aren't provided
Ok thanks mate
The ironing boards in the naafi aren't the best, but depends if you *text deleted* take one all the way on the trains. I'd suggest getting a few covers or a special a pad for your ironing board to make ironing easier & so the pattern of the metal frame does't come through
Ironing boards? Luxury! A blanket on a table top is an adequate 'ironing board' if nothing else is available. I did my RT elsewhere in the 1970s but none of my Recruit Platoon used ironing boards.
@Caversham was it the same in your day?
You used tables??
Cadet dit inbound...
National Parade, 350 cadets, TV crews, Rifles, Chief of the Air Staff, RAF Cranwell..
Not enough ironing boards for 30 let alone 350. No tables. No foot lockers..
The concrete floor held up alot better than the wooden floor.
I know personal additional kit (military) is discouraged hiwever want to get a read on things like:
Hip Pads (Webbing; Yomping)
Breachtool / Boresnake (weapon cleaning)
Are small things like this post foundation likely to get you the wrong attention or is this dependant on your troop / level of training?
Anyone in RT at the moment offer advice?
Each training team is different and at any one time there are at least 12 training teams.
It's probably best not to waste money trying to second guess what kit will be allowed when. Trouble is, if you stockpile it at home but leave recruit training for reasons beyond your control, you'll have a pile of unwanted kit.
You get issued a hip pad
You won't need a laminator
Bore snakes are not allowed
Personally I'd wait until you start training before making to many investments. Anything you do need is either in town or you can order online.
Regards training teams, they all follow a plan however have there own variants or opinion on how to take a troop through...some troops will go on yomps with bergens straight away some will only use daysacks etc.
Point being is you get issued kit to use in phase 1 to show you can look after yourself and kit...in phase 2 most training teams allow extra kit to use instead of issued kit. Such as the use of jet boils, camelbak style water bottles, wet wipes, electric razors etc
My suggestion is wait until phase 1 is over and see what your training team is like.
At foundation block you will bin anything like knee pads, (non prescribed)insoles, sports tape etc anyway.
Arent all thr uk military moving towards virtus only? Ie webbing daysack and bergan. My unit has this in place and honestly its the worst kit ive ever used apart from helmet and body armour.
I used the Bergen on a recent course that involved a load of yomps and couldn’t fault it one bit. Didn’t even use the belt kit that comes with it, just the Bergen. I’m going to invest in a modified Long back regular Bergen (just easier to add pouches etc) but I saw no reason to spend the money until I tried out the new kit.
Are you allowed to bring toe socks to wear underneath the general issue socks to alleviate blisters?
Added to that what are the training teams opinions on Vibram 5 Finger trainers, are they allowed?
Is there a written standard as to what training shoes are acceptable?
The issued socks were more then adequate for the majority of lads when I went through training. Your feet are going to be wet for almost 85% of training so having 2 pairs of socks on is just going to mean your feet stay wetter for longer. Furthermore, with two layers of insulation it'll mean your feet will have an increase in perspiration resulting in the quicker onset of "pitting" which, you won't believe me, until you have can be excruciatingly painful.
Just take whats on the kit list, nothing more nothing less (apart from an iron and ironing board). Throughout training as you progress and you prove as a troop you're at the standard then you can start to ask questions about using all the above items. The kit they provide you is tried and tested over many years and yes it's antiquated but it more then suffices to get a nod through training.
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