A group of local students have been put through their paces during a visit to the Navy training facility HMS Raleigh.
Military and Protective Services students from Duchy College began with a briefing from the initial training group. They are responsible for the Phase 1 training of Royal Navy recruits. Phase 1 training for all the Armed Forces has the same core elements and then focuses on the service specific areas. For the Royal Navy this Phase 1 training is 10 weeks.
The students then visited the accommodation, the ‘mess decks’, focusing on how the recruits progress and what is expected for the locker layouts and the high standards of cleanliness and tidiness.
Level 2 Military and Protective Services student, Charlotte Carpenter, said looking “at the facilities and training at HMS Raleigh gave us a better insight into what to expect if we are considering going into the navy.”
Fellow level 2 Military and Protective Services student, Zakh Richards, agreed the visit “clarified for me what I would be doing in Phase 1 training in the Navy.”
Students also practiced foot drill which installs pride, improves confidence, and gets them working as a team and following orders, along with conducting the Royal Navy Fitness Test (RNFT) with the Royal Navy Physical Training Instructors (PTIs).
The RNFT is a standard test and entry requirement for the Navy and is also a standard and annual test in all the Armed Forces.
Team Lead for Military and Protective Services, Neil Harris, said the students were “exceptionally fortunate to be able to gain this insight into HMS Raleigh”.
“The trip gave our students an amazing overview of Royal Navy training and the ability for those learners to participate in some of the activities they would be expected to do if they were successful in gaining employment within the Royal Navy.”