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smith841 #1 Posted 31 January 2014 - 04:39 PM

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Do you remember your first week in the military? Do you remember why, when, where?

 

I was 16 years old and saw a great advert on TV of a Chieftain speeding (for a Chieftain) across the countryside firing its stabilised gun with mud, smoke and crap flying everywhere. It was great. I also wanted to get the hell out of the boring town where I lived. So, one plus one equaled joining the Army.

 

For those veterans sporting grey hair or none at all here is a stiring Army recruiting film from the 70's. Spot the BV...Richards favorite piece of equipment.

http://youtu.be/HYoZXlnK-y4



TheKroo #2 Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:03 PM

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Cool video!

Gilly6501 #3 Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:06 AM

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That was a great video, I have driven practically every vehicle in it and to see the good old SLR again :smile: I probably have given my age away now...:teethhappy:

Lep01 #4 Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:43 PM

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I will soon be part of Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia but I still dont know in wich brigade I will be.

I finished my basic trainign in 2011. and now I am waiting for special training .

I remmember during my basic training I met commander of our MBT M-84D and he told me that I could be a great tanker couse of my short height :teethhappy:



SteveMorris #5 Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:54 PM

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I joined in 1974 and spent 18 months at Bovington JLR and joined my Regiment in 75. My first week seemed to be just square bashing and not a tank in sight :(

 



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Still all very clear, August 1976 I remember:

Adult selection at Sutton Coldfield, followed by a trip to Darlington Station to be met by a 4 tonner that took us to Catterick Camp.

Bulling boots, buffing floors, bashing squares, running logs and training circuits.

Not being able to use pyrotechnics due to the drought, until we were on our final training exercise and the drought broke.

Gunnery on Warcop ranges in November, when the instructor tried to get '3 in the air' from a Scorpion; smashed his hand (never did find out if he lost it).

Watching a driving instructor spin a Chieftain 3 times down the length of an icy tank park for a bet.  

Arriving in Swinton Barracks, Muenster in early January (1977), no one expecting me.

Having the best time with a fantastic group of people for the next couple of years, still (40 years later) regretting leaving. 

 



smith841 #7 Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

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View PostAnatolus, on 05 February 2014 - 02:54 PM, said:

I joined in 1974 and spent 18 months at Bovington JLR and joined my Regiment in 75. My first week seemed to be just square bashing and not a tank in sight :(

 


Another Junior Leader here. Got off the train at Wool for the first time in January 76. This film should bring back the nightmares of the drill square with the fanatical drill Sgt. Major from the guards regiment...salute to the front...change step...present arms...mark time...about turn...and of course the ultimate..left form

http://youtu.be/xqmFoyUe1kQ

 


Edited by smith841, 06 February 2014 - 03:53 PM.


Tigger3 #8 Posted 10 February 2014 - 12:11 AM

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Ex JL as well 1983 - 1 Tp, 66 Fd Sqn, Junior Leaders Regt RE (JLRRE) Old Park Barracks, Dover

 

Looked at by clothing storeman who shouts out a number, given a suitcase with that number on containing your 1157 (number corresponds to uniform size 1-4) - outside and back to block and try to swap parts for what actually fits. 



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Catterick 84/01 here   ,btw that was one of the videos we got to watch within first couple of days or weeks of being  in ARMY ,, lol ,,,,, makes me laugh when I hear the comment about Swingfire ,, or Chieffy lmao ....

 

 

Ahhh yes Catterick 01 intake Doh we had to break the ice of the goddam River run before running it nigh on every day  lamo ,,very very cold in January back then .. parade square  had tobe cleared  before able to go march on it lol ,, oh those were the days "FATIGUES " FFS ................... DOH ....... lmao ....



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Catterick 84/01 here   ,btw that was one of the videos we got to watch within first couple of days or weeks of being  in ARMY ,, lol ,,,,, makes me laugh when I hear the comment about Swingfire ,, or Chieffy lmao ....

 

 

Ahhh yes Catterick 01 intake Doh we had to break the ice of the goddam River run before running it nigh on every day  lamo ,,very very cold in January back then .. parade square  had tobe cleared  before able to go march on it lol ,, oh those were the days "FATIGUES " FFS ................... DOH ....... lmao ....



smith841 #11 Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:21 PM

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View PostIGITSIBill70, on 25 March 2014 - 03:09 PM, said:

Catterick 84/01 here   ,btw that was one of the videos we got to watch within first couple of days or weeks of being  in ARMY ,, lol ,,,,, makes me laugh when I hear the comment about Swingfire ,, or Chieffy lmao ....

 

 

Ahhh yes Catterick 01 intake Doh we had to break the ice of the goddam River run before running it nigh on every day  lamo ,,very very cold in January back then .. parade square  had tobe cleared  before able to go march on it lol ,, oh those were the days "FATIGUES " FFS ................... DOH ....... lmao ....

I quite liked Army food until I had weekend fatigues in the cookhouse. Cleaning huge greasy pans, washing barrows full of cauliflour and nearlly breaking your neck on the greasy/wet cookhouse tiled floor...



DamoclesIV #12 Posted 27 March 2014 - 05:10 PM

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Joined the Portuguese Paratroopers in 2001...

 

Many months of extremely hard exercise and training... Bad food... bad weather... extreme pain and fear of death...

 

Dam i miss it so much...

Spoiler

 



smith841 #13 Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:22 AM

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View PostSebioC, on 27 March 2014 - 05:10 PM, said:

Joined the Portuguese Paratroopers in 2001...

 

Many months of extremely hard exercise and training... Bad food... bad weather... extreme pain and fear of death...

 

Dam i miss it so much...

Spoiler

 

+1 for the ex-Para. Did you guys wear a red berret like the British Para's?



DamoclesIV #14 Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:38 AM

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View Postsmith841, on 28 March 2014 - 09:22 AM, said:

+1 for the ex-Para. Did you guys wear a red berret like the British Para's?

 

Green berret ...

Spoiler

 

I am " was " Anti-Tank Missile Specialist...

 

Spoiler

 


Edited by SebioC, 28 March 2014 - 10:39 AM.


smith841 #15 Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:53 AM

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View PostSebioC, on 28 March 2014 - 11:38 AM, said:

 

Green berret ...

Spoiler

 

I am " was " Anti-Tank Missile Specialist...

 

Spoiler

 

 

Maybe you will like this series of films about you crazy paratroopers:

http://youtu.be/IqN7SmBvhOk

 

 



WilderWilly #16 Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:02 PM

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Hey guys!

 

Six weeks drill on the ground in 1983 and then the first tuns in the GEPARD. I´ll never forgot. ;-)



aeraaa83 #17 Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:31 PM

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"Stomp your boots on the ground, there's oil down there, if you pierce the ground with your boots we'll all be rich!"

 

"Yell so loud that the windows get shattered! Yell louder!!!"

 

"Do not shoot at the same target when in firing range!"

 

"When you finish doing shoulder arms, your shoulder should be bruised, that's how you'll know you've learned how to do it right!"

 

"About face! About face!About face!About face!About face!About face!About face!About face!About face!About face!About face!"

 

That pretty much sums it.:smile:






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