I arrived at Bath Railway Station on the 09 Sep 1980 and was then put onto a white
bus for transportation up to Azimghur Barracks, Colerne.
We were then shuffled into the NAAFI and met by the reception staff, The first question
we were asked was a strange one “Do you play a musical Instrument?” I answered no
and was then told to move on and was later drafted into Gloucester Troop, 30 (JL)
The strange question was explained later! It seemed the Band (57 Sqn) had first dibs!!
We marched (if you can call it that, I remember a guy called John Lock who had real
trouble with marching) around in Tracksuits and DMS (Direct Moulded Sole) Boots for
the first 6 weeks, whilst we broke our boots in and were taught by 2nd/3rd termers
how to press (Iron) our kit.
We trained for a year at JLR it was a bit like Boarding School mixed with Cadets!
Everything we did was competitive, the aim was your squadron to be “Champion Squadron”
for the passing out parades at the end of each 3rd term.
Particular Memories include “Church Parades” which you had to attend as the army
was now responsible for our moral upbringing
Personalities: WO1 (RSM) Turner - Swift (TS) who was a raving lunatic (I heard a
rumour he was certified later)
Cpl Mcleish - God he was hairy!!
Sgt Bennett - Smashed many a Pace Stick teaching us drill
Lt Nigel Start (Later to become Lt Col, I believe) He got more rollickings from
the RSM than us!!
Anyway we were there for a reason which was:
Young men from the age of 16 were trained in a variety of the skills needed to enable
them to become the future Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the Royal Corps of
Transport this included Drill, RT (Regimental Training (SAA,NBC & Field craft) EL
(External Leadership - Adventure Training) PT (lots of it!) Education (JAEC & EPC(
MC & ACW). Basic driver training was done on simulators, car driver training to licence
level and motorcycle training were undertaken here.
The Regiment consisted of:- 30 (Junior Leader) Squadron RCT, 57 (Junior Leader) Squadron
RCT (the Band) and 90 (Junior Leader) Squadron RCT.
PS. 30 Squadron were Champion Squadron When I passed out and I still have the Flash
to prove it!!!