Level 3 Public Services students have been taking a look at what life is like in the armed forces.

Read our blog posts from different members of our class reflecting on our week to see how we got on.

We’re kicking off with an update from Becky Jones!

Day one

We arrived at Swynnerton Army Training Camp at 11am. On arrival we were brought into one of the army bases classrooms to have a quick brief by the staff, we met them and we were told the rules that everyone should follow during our stay.

Rules included

  • respect to others and the staff
  • be five minutes early to everything (which meant we would also be on time to each task) put in
  • Put in 100% effort throughout the week

We were then shown to our rooms and then issued with bedding. The army staff then taught us how to make our bed to their standards and meant that we needed to put the effort in every morning and put extra work in to make sure the beds were made perfectly and the room and bathrooms were clean to pass the army expectation.

All of us then changed into our PT (physical training) kits ready for our first run of the week. We were taken to the 1.5 mile starting point and  did a quick warm up – this was a run and walk up and down part of the road which was a 400m track altogether. We then started the run using our energy and best effort to get the best time we could, however the staff who was leading the run took us down the wrong route so they couldn’t record any timing for the run, so we were told that we will do the run again tomorrow!

Once we got back outside our accommodation we then went onto a cool down and learnt a number of new stretches which work for different muscles. We then changed into our combats and went outside for icebreakers, this is where every member of the class and the staff had to stand up and talk about themselves, we had to say our names, age, our family, hobbies and our aspirations. It was then time for tea.

After tea we all got sent to a classroom and watched the heart start DVD we learnt what to do if we found someone unconscious, the first aid procedure is known as DRSABC

This stands for:

DDanger, check for danger

RResponse, check if the person is responding by shaking their shoulders and shouting in both of their ears

SShout – Shout for help if someone comes ask them to ring an ambulance and say the casualty is unresponsive

AAirway – check the casualty’s airway by opening their mouth and looking in

BBreathing, check the casualty is breathing by putting your cheek over the nose and mouth feeling for the breathe and watching the chest raise and fall for 10 seconds. If the patient is breathing you put them into the recovery position, making sure you swap their sides every 15 minutes. If they are not breathing start…

CCPR (Cardio Pulmonary respiration).

After the DVD we then practised the recovery position on each other and CPR on the little ‘Anne dolls’. We were all passionate about learning these skills as they are very useful, we also used our best efforts when practising as there would be a test later on the week.

We then went on a 2 mile run, we were told this was a punishment due to arguing with the school who were there on the trip with us. The staff told us that we would keep running if people didn’t pick up the pace and carry on moaning so we tried our hardest and kept a positive attitude throughout the run. We then went back to our rooms, lights out was at 10:30pm and all of the girls went straight to sleep. However, the boys got taken out for a 1.5 mile run at 1am due to breaking one of the rules – they all stayed positive and took the punishment well, and all learnt a valuable less about rule breaking!

Becky Jones

Level 3 Diploma Public Services