Former student Connor Paterson is on his way to becoming an infantryman having successfully completed his basic Army training. His initial placement was an intensive experience involving weapons training, fitness drills and ironing his bed and kit scrupulously each day.
He said: ‘During the first six weeks you are not allowed your phone and cannot leave camp so you have no contact with your family. A typical day would be waking up at five then, you would iron your bed so there was no creases in it at all. It must be so taut that a coin would bounce off it. After breakfast you would finish polishing your boots and get your kit sorted. If you didn’t iron your bed, kit or polish your boots you would get a punishment. We also did fitness and weapons training where we learned how to strip and assemble a rifle, how to oil it and maintain it out on the field. About two or three times a week we go out for a run around camp.’
Connor is now into the second stage of his training and is working at a more advanced level with his weapons and fitness training. He will have a further placement at another garrison before moving to become an infantry soldier with the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
‘I do miss Brooke Weston when I was sitting on a sentry point yesterday and it was minus 15 degrees! It was so much easier at school. I loved being out in the grounds with Paul as it taught me how to get used to different terrain. Since being in the Army I have grown up a lot.’