What do you do at your first unit posting? | BRITISH ARMY FIRST UNIT

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What’s it like at your first field army unit when leaving basic training and what do do when you get there.

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49 thoughts on “What do you do at your first unit posting? | BRITISH ARMY FIRST UNIT”

  1. I found getting thrown out of the bar window naked and doing a lap of the building, then returning to drink a pint of piss, really helped my cause. Good luck with your new unit.

  2. that's good advice for any close knit group you find yourself in. especially emergency services or disaster relief workers. learn the basics for as many different jobs as you can. it makes you more valuable when you can drop in and fill a role that you could fill with minimal help. if you are able to help out with a crew served weapon on a hot zone, jump in. tell them you have the basics because the guys can help you on what you need to do, or if you aren't up to the task of running the weapon, you can be more easily placed to support and bring in ammo or help feed the beast. don't let yourself slack on range time. being a great shot with almost no thought in.volved, means it'll be easier to be a dependable shot when you're introduced to a 2way live fire range. you will tend to go into the fog of war and go back to the base training until you get acclimated to the idea of being a target. ive seen cops curl up in fear and not be able to take a shot because they can't get past the basic things we are taught all our lives is to not kill other people. that happened to a friend of mine. he simply couldn't take a life. he spent a few years working the drunk tank until he got a better job. he said he was seconds from wetting his pants.

  3. Well, if I may laddle out from my vast experience.
    I only give good advice – and only when I am reasonably certain it WILL NOT be followed. But out of respect to Matsimus – as he was at Musa Qala – I will make an exception!

    As Nato soldiers you probably will be send on exercises in another country – and as such guests in that country. Wellcome guests most certainly; but you should know that british soldiers off duty have a terrible reputation – the worst! On duty the best – off duty the scum of football hooligans.
    The police will take ANY hookers word against yours.

    We had an incident where one of the women privates (danish) was raped and knocked about. The entire unit was lined up naked to identify the offending pecker. As the fellon was an american, he was turned over to the americans. I don't know what happened to him afterwards.

    But ANY private conscript RAF Regiment soldier in Denmark and I suspect elsewhere IS THE POLICE, and their orders are to be obeyed immediately and without contradiction – and they don't care shit about you being off duty.

    If they are home guardsmen the dogs are their own and not service dogs. They are not attack dogs – as the ones on the air station was. Use of fireworks etc., plus violence against the dogs are a no-no.
    It is well known among the shady characters that popping a policeman one on the head is generally considered a very stupid move – and unlikely to succeed. Normally danish police does not rough up prisoners and use the minimal necessary violence, but in case of mistreatment of their dogs exeptions are liable to made.

    Abroad on exercises you are at ALL times expected to be on your best behavior. But that is not enough! You are expected to be on a better behavior than your ambassador! The police will not hesitate a second to have the Foreign Office submit a complaint to the ambassador – if need be. Trust me! You don't want that to happen.

  4. Welcome to matsimus's sociology class here is our first subject '' how to make friends'' first Don't be a weirdo second have an interesting life third don't be obcest with your work

    Hahah just having fun great vid mat even tho the t shirt wasn't necessary

  5. KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!!! A new arrival WILL be tested by his mates–they want to be sure you can be counted on, so be ready for some sort of initiation, especially combat units, where members have to trust each other WITH THEIR LIVES. Roll with it, and laugh at yourself. If you take yourself too seriously, it will only be tougher. There will also be a bit of culture shock…no matter how much you know, the experience is VERY different!

  6. Another incident from my very unwilling time as a conscript:

    Lateish afternoon a patrol car called in for backup. There was a drunk and disorderly German they could not handle. As part of the reinforcement and due to a certain linguistic ability I was ordered along.
    Now this chap was really very fit – and very drunk. Our prime objective was to keep him from tumbling into the flight area – as being run over by a Draken jet was liable to cause costly repairs and cleanup of the jet.

    There was once a mechanic working on a F-86D with a low air intake and running jet (I do not know how true the story is – but so it was told me). The mechanic put his hand in the intake to rise up. They retrieved a button – or so I was told). Jets are not to be trifled with.

    Back to the arresting story (litteraly), as we arrived we tried to secure the German – basically to drive him to his quarters to rest and sleep it off. He was having none of it – not being violent as such, but clearly not receptive to common sense. We were two-three (can't remember how many) pinning him down when PH (known as such – a sergeant regular) laid on top of him. PH was LARGE – mainly due to his partiality to danish pastry and icecream.

    Ok, we succeeded getting him into the patrol van. I was next to the driver reaching out of the window to grab the handle from the outside. We went our merry way – i.e. untill the German (an NCO) caught sight of the guard house – and he decided (wrongly) that it was not in his best interest to be in the van. He lurched forward between the driver and me – the driver turning the vehicle and slowing down. I was pushed aside – still hanging on to the outdoor handle, and he got the door up – me hanging on through the window in a rather undignified posture – but it seemed a good idea at the time.

    The German got out – persued by a considerable amount of male bodily strength – pinned him down – and now the master sergeant went ballistic and called for "Tranqulizer" Dam – I have never seen a stronger man (he pulled guard duty to be able to afford running a farm). "Tranquilizer" – so known for his uncommon sedative effect on sanguine tempraments (himself scared of nothing but the dentist) – came along with the handcuffs. Sat astride the spreadeagled subject. One man lifting one arm as "Tranquilizer" let go of the arm to put the "bracelet" on one wrist and let yours truly lift up the other arm so to click the other in place.
    Dam then proceeded to grap the said subject at the belt with his now free hand lift him into the van again – putting a paw that would have earned a medium sized grizzly a reputation for being fine boned.

    Next the master sergeant drove to call on the AIR BALTAP duty officer – dragging me along in case a lengthy conversation was called for in a foreign tounge – now there were no Italians, so my operatic interest was at that moment totally superfleous.
    MS to duty officer: "What shall we do with him?"
    DO (an american): "Do You have a jail?"
    MS: "Yes."
    DO : "Put him there."

    Now the bureaucracy had worked and the head of the German legation showed up – his pyjamas had no rank insignia – and drove off with him. Judging by the standard of the time he would have been returned to Germany and discharged.

    If the idiot had only been the slightest cooperative – we would have driven him to his quarters (perhaps with a brief checkup by a doctor) – and nobody would have been the wiser. We most certainly would not have put him in the brick, as that would mean doctor and a lot of fuzz. The master sergeant was not too keen on litterary work – not a bad master sergeant, but paper and pencil was not really his thing.

  7. In the 90s you basically got filled in a bullied. Senior Rifleman wakes you up a 3am coz he's just come off the piss and decides to send you down the 24hr garage with a choggy order using your money (and if he doesn't get change you will get the good news) If you smoke then you will be supplying everyone else. Those were the days lol

  8. One thing I'd be curious about is unit structure as just about every army seems to do it a bit differently. EG a squad is often 8 men in two combat sections, but varies from 6 to I think 14 in some situations, a platoon can be as few as two squads plus a command section up to I think four squads and command. I would not think you could squeeze it into a single vid as after company size there are different names for almost the same thing and what is the difference between a battalion and a regiment anyway or am I missing something? They seem to be of roughly comparable size and structure but I could be missing something fundamental.

  9. Got as far as this supposed Brit said "A click"!! "clique" is pronounced cleeek. Such a waste of of an education. As I said got to this failure and just had to stop watching.

  10. Very good advice.

    While I did apply to join the Canadian Forces in the past (had to change plan because some relatives really needed me close to home)

    Come to think of it, maybe I'm better off sticking to civillian life. Quite frankly I tend to take matters way too seriously… at the end of the day I just want to kick off my feet and play video games, my time as a forklift operator without working on fitness made me rather … well… you get it and to top it off I've got some financial struggles based on me trying to get back to school even if I could clearly not afford it at that time…

    The irony is that I remember clearly enjoying my time in the navy cadets as a young man… it was though at times for sure… but I do miss the satisfaction of overcoming said challenges.

    Who knows… maybe 2019 is the year I'm going to start taking better decisions and get my ass on track!

    Gotta keep my chin up and stay positive, I've been through some serious shit in the past 10 years, gotta give one man a chance to get back up.

    Joined your Discord lately btw!

    Keep up the great channel going Matsimus! It's good stuff.

  11. I was served as an infantry officer in Greek Army for two years ( In my country every man have to serve to the Army). This video is really a good piece of advice for every man have to do the military service. Happy new year and keep up the good work.

  12. I beat up my section commander in front of the platoon. He challenged me. I beat a couple of my bro's, should of beat more. I get enraged by grunts who don't move with a purpose. Tough love works, but it's a lot of work.

  13. You hit all the major points, I'll just add this…in the military, you will inevitably run into someone you detest, and you will have to learn how to get along with that person, no matter what. It will happen many times, in fact. Cultivate a high-level poker face, you will need it.

  14. Just another thing: If you come across the military police (red caps – in Germany: Kettenhunde (because they generally have a large metal sign around the neck)) – be they only a private: They are doing their job!

    As I think I have told: There was a German Lt.Col. with the highest licence plate of Nato – that tried to browbeat me – and if he had been a tad more obnoxious – I would have called for reinforcement (it didn't come to that though). But I put him on report – afterwards – don't know what happened to him – none of my business. What I do know is that he was told of conduct becoming to an officer and gentleman.

    Those on guard duty – they are not to be messed with – no matter rank. I had done the same with a general or air marshal.

  15. Great work man. I think the recluse was an important point. Also not to suck up is a big one. Because we all know how that goes. As always great informational video. Oh shit, am I sucking up now? By the way loved the clip of the guys jumping the log. That one guy looked as if he was walking on an invisible bridge.

  16. For those of you in the US military, go volunteer. It feels good to help others and if you're committed you can serve enough hours to earn a medal. (MOVSM)

  17. Dos: Be yourself, play sport, help others.
    Don’ts: Lie, tell everyone you’re going SF, steal, replace your issue kit with ally-as-fuck Gucciness, get so drunk you shit yourself (until you’ve been there at least a month), be last/first, pile into ‘Millionaire’s Weekend’ straight away, ND, be a massive snowflake fucktard.

  18. There is another thing about those that are struggling:

    If you are out on a night – and one has had a bit to much to drink – getting sick and that sort of thing: Help clean up the mess and get him/(these days) her home to bed – safely.
    If there is one thing your CO does NOT want to deal with it is drunk and disorderly conduct.

    As Grace (an Observer Lieutenant of the Royal Observer Corps) once told me: There is an awfull lot of things you don't hear! She was actually a veteran from the Battle of Britain.
    If you can manage minor details without involving the NCO's and (God forbid) officers – there is a lot of things you can get away with.
    What really earns you "brownie points" is getting along with your mates – cleaning somebody elses rifle without being asked to. The superiors know when you are sucking up – and know you might be a problem later on.

    When I was a "recruit" one of my mates – by mistake – cleaned the car of the other platoon. He was reasonably disconcerted when he found out. I said: "That was the best thing that could have happened – it will save us a ton of grief later on".

    A story from WW1: An elderly lady told me, that her farther had been drafted to the Preusian Army. One day in Russia he saw the farmer and his wife – whose horses naturally had been requisitioned by the Russians – trying manually to plow the field.
    Now he took – naturally without permission – the regimental horses and plowed the field. The Lieutenant naturally found out and wanted him court marshalled. The company commander just bleary eyed remarked: "If You can't get along with Pedersen, You can't get along with anybody."

    There is something in the boy scout of helping an elderly lady over the street – no matter how violently she resists.

  19. I’ll help fellow brothers of the service of what to do at a new unit. If you don’t agree with something, speak up. People really care about the feedback. Also, if you really have problems with people. Take it directly to your 1SGT. His job is the welfare of the soldiers, and remember if anything is troubling you. Remember the battalion commanders open door policy? go straight to him. Hope y’all actually gain something from this. Glad to help!

  20. Actually this is a lot of good advice joining the work world from school and especially University. Graduates seem to think they actually know shit, believe me, you know naff all.

  21. I find it strange that you feel you have to do a video on this. I found that I was pretty much accepted in every unit I was posted to in my eighteen years of service.

  22. This advice pretty much holds for the RN too. When you first join a mess-deck you are thrown in a confined space with another 30 odd people – people that have been together for a while. You shouldn't be intimidated, nor should you hide away. Just be yourself and join in. Once you gel with a team, there is nothing else like it. Civilian's seem to lack this aspect. In fact, a few years back, I lead a civilian team through a Three-Peaks run in atrocious weather. Normally, in the military, I lead from the front. But these guys (non of whom I really knew – I was a last minute replacement), had no concept of the team. As a result, despite what I was telling them, they would all treat it as a competition, without any thought or regard for the stragglers. In the end I picked the fast guys to lead, but I would only give them a part of the plan – the idea being that they could rest at their stop points to allow the others to catch up. I would then form backmarker, where I could keep an eye on everyone and inject some enthusiasm to the back markers. In all, leading civilians was very odd!

  23. Lol so funny story i live in a differnt country with a differnt army… and i was going to inlist…but i sent my appliction to them…and they never gave it back to say join😂……..do u think they accepted me or….

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