What is this sh*t?
So I'm starting my career in the British Army October 16th of this year and I thought I'd have a little log to keep myself and the people I consider my friends of the interwebs entertained for the weeks running up to training.
I thought if I do this, then I'll have to get off my ass and start training again so I have something to write about, otherwise I'm gonna look like a complete phaggit as per usual; and being semi-motivated to do something at the minute I thought it prime time to get it done. Because if I don't, I'm going to struggle like fuk with Physical Training when I get there. It's going to be 26 weeks of intense training, miles of running, TABs (Tactical Advance to Battle) with 55lbs and above on my back, circuit training, assault courses and so on; and I don't want to be so ill-prepared for it that I can't even complete a 2.4km timed run any more when I get there.
Quick history of fitness
I used to run nearly every day with rest days when I felt the need and I could run 6 miles without breaking a sweat, now I can't even get 1.5miles without wanting to just quit, so I need to change my attitude and get my ass back in gear before I go full lazytard. Even though I'm small and weak in terms of bodybuilding/lifting, my strength far surpasses entry requirements (srs broke one of the strength tests machines at soldier selection), so I'm not worried about that, I'll continue to do weight training until I leave but my cardio is lacking severely.
What the f*** is Mercian?
The Mercian Regiment is part of the Army Infantry, formed in September 2007 after merging three Regiments together and splitting them into 4 Battalions.
1st Battalion - The old "Cheshires" regiment. I live in the county of Cheshire so hoping to get myself into this battalion
- Based about 10 minutes up the road from where I'll be doing my training so if i get into 1 Mercian, I get to stay in England until deployment.
2nd Battalion - The old Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment - Based in Northern Ireland (do not want lol)
3rd Battalion - The old Staffordshire Regiment - Based in Germany and is the only armoured and mechanized battalion of the regiment.
- If I can't get into 1 Mercian then 3 Mercian would be my choice. I like the idea of spending all day on camp in Germany drag racing Warrior tanks (yes srs, they do this for lulz on downtime).
4th Battalion - The Territorial regiment - Based pretty much everywhere. The territorials are described as the part time soldiers, people with civillian jobs but fully qualified and trained soldiers who also go on deployment over seas.
For those that are interested: http://www.army.mod.uk/infantry/regiments/6447.aspx
Pic related - I live in dis town yo'
Pretty much I'll be based in Catterick, Yorkshire for the rest of my career seeing as the battalion I want is also based up there, but training at ITC Catterick (Infantry Training Centre).
Training is 26 weeks long, packed with physical training, drills, parades, exercises, live fire exercises etc with a 2 week long culmination exercise at the end (with 2 week driving course in there somewhere, free license plz!).
Not looking forward to bayonet training but gotta be done.
Looking forward to CBRN training, standing in a gas chamber with tear gas etc being told to recite my Rank, Name and Army number over and over trying not to pass out from crying.
Going to be incredibly physically and mentally demanding and the culture shock is going to F me in the A for a while but I'm looking forward to having a new lease on life and finally doing something decent with myself.
Also I get to do sh!t like this and get paid for it
Becoming a soldier
After training is complete in mid April 2012 time, I'll have my pass out parade where mummy gets to watch me march around and fuk around with my rifle for a display to celebrate completing training at the end. Then I'll get to go to my chosen unit and live the life for a while.
If I get into my chosen battalion of 1 Mercian, potentially I'll be out in Afghanistan in September/October 2012 for a 6/7 month tour, getting 2 weeks off somewhere in there. Scary **** but when you sign up, you know potentially what you could be doing so I'm not worrying about deployment just yet.
I'm so fuking injury prone I'm expecting medical discharge at some point but hoping that doesn't happen and I get to go for the full 32 year career.
After training, knowing I could be in Afghanistan in October 2012, I'll pretty much be fuking around as much as I can with money. I can start saving when I get home from the desert . Hoping to visit a few states of the USA while I'm at it.
It's not all doom and gloom, the amount of stuff I'll get to do is unbelievable, traveling round the world, adventurous training here there and everywhere, working with the best people, it's a better life for me personally than sitting at a desk feeling like another statistic.
Sh*t you may not know
In a nut shell, I used to be the most depressive and negative kunt you could come across srs (hence username, my friend calls me Negatron lolz). Always thought badly of myself, never got anywhere, never wanted to go out and do anything.
But since starting the application process earlier this year in March, my whole perspective on life has changed. I'm a lot more positive and confident in myself. Weight loss has helped me a tonne seeing as I used to be a 230lb fat ass with no muscle what so ever. I actually get some female attention now yay.
Since joining this forum I've had some serious lolz as well as motivation to get off my ass and do something.
No nuthug (honest) but, I've known about Layne Norton for a long time, and recently started conversing with him a fair bit over Twitter / email etc. I don't like to call him an inspiration because I think it can be a phaggy word unless in the right circumstances, I prefer to refer to him as motivational and a positive influence. Talking to him and knowing a little about his hater background really hit home to me and let me know that no matter what people say, I can do what I want if I'm willing to put the work in. He was even a gent to ship me his Unleashed DVD overseas to the UK. So as a person, his kind words and motivation really make me want to get out and do the best I can and push myself to make sure I'm the best at what I do, and 'if somebody beats me, it's not because they outworked me'. I want to be the best I can be in the Army, I want to lead people and I want people to look up to me and see me as a positive influence and do for themselves, what I do for myself - that being working hard for desired results.
I just wanted to make this 'log' as a little motivation to get off my ass. I consider you Nut'ers my friends, even though it's online, friends are friends so who gives a fuk where they are; and I'd like to share my future experiences with you guys.
Not gonna lie, I'm not tracking my diet with precision right now because It's something I'd rather not take incredibly seriously while I'm waiting for 5 weeks sh!tting my pants before training. That said, I do guesstimate my intake and I'm not just eating for the hell of it, I'm aware of my macros and try to hit them, just not with pinpoint accuracy, I still check macros and calorie count but not to the extent where I think (oh I cant have this it's gonna put me 100 cals over maintenance) etc.
So yeah, that's it for now until I start updating with training logs (vlogs if I can be fuked to actually use my flip cam) and what ever daily stories I have.
Cliffs / tl;dr
-Joining the Army in less than 6 weeks
-Follow my journey if you wish
-I <3 u guise
-Need to run moar