It was all hands on deck as local students were put through their paces during a visit to the Navy training facility HMS Raleigh.
Military Academy students from Duchy College, the only college in the UK to attend a phase one or initial training establishment on a regular basis, had a great insight into life in the Royal Navy.
Level 3 Military Academy student, Lois Stone, from Great Torrington, said the visit was “really eye opening and has made me consider a career in the Navy”.
“It also put into perspective the discipline needed for a career in the Armed Forces which is one of the elements this course is designed to teach us,” he added.
During this first visit of the year, students started 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.
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.
Level 3 Military Academy student, Keiran Jeffries, from Liskeard, said the training was a “really good insight into what phase one training in the Armed Forces is going to be like”.
“We learnt a lot about training, including the locker layouts, the drill and PT sessions they have to do – I really enjoyed it,” he added.
Curriculum Lead for Military Academy & Public Services, Jamie Crisp, said the students are “exceptionally fortunate to have the support of HMS Raleigh for the third year in a row.”
“The monthly visits have and continue to give our learners on the Military Academy 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.”