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  1. Only needed for the passout parade.
  2. To be honest you are only there basically for 4 evenings a week, it does go fast. By the time you've finished lessons, had "dinner", had a shower, gone to the gym/run, prepped your kit for the next day, maybe checked your emails, quick phone call home, read over your class notes and learnt whatever definitions etc it leaves you about an hour to sit in the copper lounge before you hit the hay at approx 2130 hours! At least that's what I did. Maybe things have changed (I did the 15 week course) but I went to the copper lounge every night, did phys, and the necessary revision, and passed. On Thursdays we used to have "dominos night" and drive into Alloa (so exciting!). It really is ONLY 10 weeks away from the family, for 4 nights (perhaps 5 if you go on Sunday). Then apart from the 3 weeks course later, then that is it for the rest of your career. So don't fret, and explain this to the family! It's not like it's forever! Besides, your family need to get used to you perhaps being held on after shifts, working weird hours, sleeping in the day, being called in on rest days... It really is a way of life and it's a hard fact to swallow for some people. Also people that say you need to be doing 4 hours of study a night and 11 hours a day at weekends are either lying, or just really bad at studying.
  3. To be honest you are only there basically for 4 evenings a week, it does go fast. By the time you've finished lessons, had "dinner", had a shower, gone to the gym/run, prepped your kit for the next day, maybe checked your emails, quick phone call home, read over your class notes and learnt whatever definitions etc it leaves you about an hour to sit in the copper lounge before you hit the hay at approx 2130 hours! At least that's what I did. Maybe things have changed (I did the 15 week course) but I went to the copper lounge every night, did phys, and the necessary revision, and passed. On Thursdays we used to have "dominos night" and drive into Alloa (so exciting!). It really is ONLY 10 weeks away from the family, for 4 nights (perhaps 5 if you go on Sunday). Then apart from the 3 weeks course later, then that is it for the rest of your career. So don't fret, and explain this to the family! It's not like it's forever! Besides, your family need to get used to you perhaps being held on after shifts, working weird hours, sleeping in the day, being called in on rest days... It really is a way of life and it's a hard fact to swallow for some people. Also people that say you need to be doing 4 hours of study a night and 11 hours a day at weekends are either lying, or just really bad at studying.
  4. Just get the men's ones if need be. You'll wear your "parade shoes" a very small handful of times (formal inspections and final parade). When I was at Tulli last summer I think we wore ours like 6 times in 13 weeks? For about half an hour each time, if that. Really, it's chuff all time you're in them. The rest of the time you'll wear your "daily" pair of shoes or boots. So don't go breaking the bank or freaking out about your parade shoes. I personally (being female) wore a pair of army boots for my formal pair, as they polished up well, and well, I had them from the army. Some girls had the female shoes, some had boots, others had mens shoes. It's all down to preference. Besides, you won't look silly as everyone is wearing trousers anyway. All the staff care about is that you have a good shine on the boot or shoe, they are clean, and not scuffed. Spend more time worrying about your daily pair of boots or shoes, as if you do what I did, I bought my "on-the-shift" brand new pair of Altbergs, and used Tulli to break them in, so once on the shift, my boots were all supple and happy. Have fun. Don't freak out. And eat well at weekends because the food is not the best.
  5. I'm thinking about drinks on Sunday evening in town, is everyone available?

  6. Hi, Ive just been speaking to Aberbob and he was saying you might be interested if Im organising a night out for those of us starting in June? Let me know, thanks, Craig

  7. 24 years...good stuff. I have a lot of time for the Royal Engineers, except with the good old leg pull about a certain gunner white lanyard. Banter.
  8. Full 22 years served then I take it? I'm 24, starting in June. When my boyfriend started he was 28.
  9. Oh well, that's most (if not all) of our leave entitlement gone for the year! Such is life, I don't mind. Thanks for the info :)
  10. I agree. Although having been in the army, I've seen everyone has their own way, so don't be surprised if you see someone else do it completely different. As long as it comes out shiny then no one is going to say your way is wrong. No parade gloss/guardsman gloss polish. It doesn't work any better and actually ruins the leather. Apparently.
  11. Can anyone confirm this for me: With medical all being well, due to start on the June intake. Have been trying to work out when the "pass out" is, if all goes smoothly that is! It's normally 15 weeks, but I heard it mentioned the college effectively shuts down for two weeks sometime in summer (june? July? August?). Will this affect the June intake, essentially making it 17 weeks? The reason I ask is the boyfriend is very keen to come see me at the end of it all, having gone through it himself, but he's away currently, and needs to know the rough time a June intake person at Tulli would be due to finish, as he needs to book leave.