Army recruits taught ‘how to fail’ as way of exposing weaknesses before service

Army recruits taught 'how to fail' as way of exposing weaknesses before service

“These are 16 year-old children who have decided to join the army and start a career.”

Cpl Nevitt, a soldier in the Army Air Corps and winner of the Army’s 2018 instructor of the year award, was himself a recruit at Harrogate 10 years ago. He says the only thing that had changed since he joined was the way instruction is given.

“It was a bit more shouty back then,” Cpl Nevitt said. Such an approach has its place, he believes, but cautioned the tactic should be used sparingly. “If all you do is shout, you’re going to lose them straight away.

“They’re clever kids. They know that if shouting is your only tool, they’re going to get used to it.”

Both instructors had observed clear differences between males and females when it came to aptitude, maturity and team spirit.

Maj Cartwright-Terry said: “The girls build and form relationships exponentially quicker than the blokes. The male junior soldiers will argue and have temper tantrums, whilst the girls quickly form teams.

“But further through the course the manipulation and cattiness of the all-female sections starts to come out, while the male sections become a blokey environment where they just get on with it.”

Cpl Nevitt agreed. “The girls see the bigger picture but hold grudges more,” he said.

Using a military term for dressing someone down in an enthusiastic and colourful manner, he said of the male recruits: “The boys only see five seconds in front of their faces.

“You can give them a good [ticking off] for something and within 10 minutes they’re doing it again”.

Raw Recruits starts on January 7 on Channel 5

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