Thursday, 13 June 2013

Close Quarters Marksmanship - British Army

Weird camera effect (quadrotor steadicam?) + the commentary that's rhythmic (almost like rapping) by the trainer = cool video :)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Make NS meaningful for every recruit

Also see the milnuts discussion on this article.
Make NS meaningful for every recruit
After completing basic military training (BMT) back in 2004, two platoon mates and I found to our dismay that we were being dispatched to be trained as logistics supervisors.

We were medically fit and while not exactly top performers, we had passed all the physical, marksmanship and field craft tests reasonably well. So we were mystified that the army had found us unsuitable for combat roles.

I went where I was sent, and it was not a "slack" non-combat role. That stint providing logistical support to about 100 men proved mentally draining at times, but I soon grew frustrated with a job I simply had no interest in.

After months of fighting administrative battles, I managed to get redeployed as a radio signaller. Relaying coded messages and bridging communications may not sound like much, but it was a world of excitement after dealing with inventory logs and ration schedules.