What to Expect from Recruit Camp

During Recruit Camp you will be posted into the C Company platoon which is made up of four sections. Your platoon and your section are your brethren and you will come to rely on them and they on you.The best aspect of the Regiment is that it brings together Bermudians of all social and racial backgrounds for one common purpose and that is to be of service to their country and community.

The Regiment also makes no distinction between conscript and volunteer, race and gender or what your political or religious views are. Everyone is treated the same.

You will make life-long friends from your service in the Regiment. Recruit Camp will be both mentally and physically challenging as it aims to turn you from a civilian to a soldier. You will be taught all you need to know about how to function as a soldier. Your training will be varied from the basics of marching to how to live and survive in the field.  As you progress in the Regiment through your years of service, other opportunities are available to train in specific fields (e.g. Medical, marine piloting qualifications) and gain other pratical qualifications (mechanical, chainsaw operators, etc).  There are no limits to where the Regiment can take you, if you are prepared to put in the work.

Run, Jump, Climb, Swim...

During Recruit Camp you will undergo physical training (PT). What you do will depend on the daily programme but will usually include morning exercise designed to get you into shape and a 5-mile run and obstacle course designed to test your fitness stamina.  PT programs are designed to be safe and fun.  There are also competitive sports events during Recruit Camp that earn your platoon points to be counted towards the final Champion Platoon prize at the conclusion of Recruit Camp.  As with any aspect of military service, the time you put into PT now will bring benefits as you progress through your service.  Your ability to be alert and efficient is closely linked to your personal fitness, and the more training you do, the easier you will find the more intense physical components of military training, like carrying heavy weight over long distances, agility when moving over obstacles, and reacting quickly in a dangerous situation.

Watch and Shoot... Watch and Shoot...

As a recruit you will be trained in the basics of weapon handling and maintenance. Extensive time and effort is taken by Regiment instructors in obtaining the proper qualifications to teach weapon handling and to develop coaching skills.  This is done so that you can conduct live fire training in the safest possible conditions.  You will get opportunities during Recruit Camp and then throughout your Regiment career to practice firing on the Regiment's ranges.  Shooting competitions also count towards the Champion Platoon score.  As your service in the Regiment continues, you will have the opportunity to learn to fire other types of weapons, and may attend courses overseas to eventually learn how to coach, supervise and design live fire training.

By The Left, Quick March...

One of the responsibilities of the Regiment is to perform to a high standard in ceremonial parades and to this extent you will learn how to properly march in a smart and soldier-like manner.  While you may find drill difficult to begin with, many find that with a basic sense of rhythm and above all the desire to get it right, you will soon find drill to be enjoyable and a point of personal pride. 

Protect...

One of the Regiment's primary responsibilities is to assist the Government of Bermuda in internal security operations in times of unrest, and you will learn how to operate in an internal security capacity in areas such as crowd control and Key Point defence.  Much of the Internal Security training is carried out during the first year of training, but it is introduced to you for the first time during Recruit Camp.

Learn...

Besides practical lessons you will have lectures on various aspects of the Regiment such as its history, overseas opportunities and the organization of the battalion into its various sub-units.  You will have the opportunity to learn about many things during Recruit Camp, but what many recruits commonly find is that they learn a lot about themselves that they had never before realized.  They learn how to adapt and overcome.

The Bush...

Fieldcraft will teach you how to survive in the field from how to properly patrol to setting up a shelter.  Fieldcraft, like Drill and Weapon Handling, is one of the most basic areas of soldiering, and a recruit who does poorly in their Fieldcraft skills will find that they let their sections and their platoons down when it comes to living in the field on exercise.  Should you ever be required to operate from the field, whether on training exercise or course, locally or overseas, or during an operational embodiment, your ability to properly administrate yourself is the difference between comfort and clear-headedness, or discomfort and stress.  A soldier who cannot practice the skills of Fieldcraft to a high level of competency will be a liability to their comrades and commanders, and may put themselves or others in danger.