Military Academy students from Duchy College have been put through their paces at HMS Raleigh. Duchy College are the only college in the UK to attend a phase 1 or initial training establishment on a regular basis; which gives students an insight into life in the Royal Navy.
During the latest training session students tackled a teamwork and leadership exercise on the assault course. Despite awful weather, the Royal Navy Physical Training Instructors (PYI) were impressed with how well the group did. Royal Navy recruits face this in week 10 of their training and the students performed at the same high level as most recruits.
The students also spent time in the Military Training Unit (Mtu) where they were introduced to service weapons including the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), the SA80A2 Rifle and Carbine and the Glock 17 pistol. The students practiced marksmanship at the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT), a laser training range used to prepare recruits to fire the real weapons. They were also shown some of the threats that troops face on operations and what to look out for.
Student, Beth Connolly, said: “I’m truly amazed at the opportunity we were given at HMS Raleigh. We tackled the assault course which recruits go through on Week ten, that was amazing fun! Getting the chance to have a go on the DCCT was great and we had a lesson on the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) threat which was very interesting, I felt I learnt a lot from that lesson. Overall it was a fantastic day!”
Fellow student, Clark Harris, added: “The assault course at Raleigh was challenging to say the least, but it was excellent fun. It was hard work but we all worked well and pushed each other on to get through the freezing cold water and to tackle the high obstacles. It was amazing to get the chance to learn about the different types of weapons from the staff.”
The training the students experience is based on the 10-week initial naval training programme for new recruits. Under the partnership established last year a group of students spend two days at HMS Raleigh each month.
Lecturer for Military Academy at Duchy Stoke, Jon Stone, said: “Working with the team at HMS Raleigh is invaluable. It allows the learners to undergo what they will actually go through in training, in a military training establishment and with current military instructors. They gain so much from these visits it really enhances the delivery of the course.”