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Hi all,

I know a lot of us are starting BRTC soon and thought it may be a good idea to start a thread for people that have been through BRTC to give hints on handy pieces of kit to take or people to share good deals on kit that they have come across, i.e. irons, ironing boards etc

A good deal I come across today for a razor was at boots for the Wilkinson's Sword Hydro 5 with extra blades included; http://m.boots.com/mt/www.boots.com/...-+All+Products. Never used myself but have read good reviews on them and seems a decent price.
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I got the king of shaves razor and blades for 1p through Martin Lewis' money expert site. Not sure if the offer will still be on. It's a subscription but you can cancel anytime or it's £5 a month for 4 blades which is cheap.

Only other tip I'd say would be buy your stuff off eBay. It's so much cheaper. Bought the majority of my kit on there.

Also for people who aren't currently working, the jobcentre will give you upto £200 to pay for your kit if you take receipts in.


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Take shaving gel instead or as well as shaving foam. It needs to be clean for inspection and the pressurised cans tend to leak throughout the day.

Take a really small wash bag to carry around polish, on/off brushes. (When you do battle PT in your boots outside, you'll be expected to have them polished and clean for your next timing.)

Combination pad-locks, don't piss about with keys. You'll lose one and then look like a **** getting the bolt cutters from the guard room.

Re-sealable bags. Empty foot powder into one of them, then dip your foot into the bag to powder your feet. That's only for CPT.

On CPT, use the plastic spoon from your ration pack to eat all your meals. Take an extra spork to be your inspection one.

Not sure if they are on the kit list these days but flip-flops are a must for around the block, get air to your feet especially during summer intakes.

Ensure you have a decent iron, ironing board. When you first get your blue shirts, wash them 2-3 times then iron out the seams. Will make your shirts 400% easier to iron than just trying to do It straight out of the packet.

Take a sock bag to stick in the wash that's labelled.

Don't take washing powder, use tablets.

Nailbrush, tough boot brush and a toothbrush will help you clean everything especially as the weather gets worse towards the end of the year.

Ensure you really scrub your black shoes when you get them before you start polishing them and wear one pair while you polish the other. If you don't, the second you put them on all the polish will crack off and you'll have wasted hours.
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(Original post by AlphaTango)
Take shaving gel instead or as well as shaving foam. It needs to be clean for inspection and the pressurised cans tend to leak throughout the day.

Take a really small wash bag to carry around polish, on/off brushes. (When you do battle PT in your boots outside, you'll be expected to have them polished and clean for your next timing.)

Combination pad-locks, don't piss about with keys. You'll lose one and then look like a **** getting the bolt cutters from the guard room.

Re-sealable bags. Empty foot powder into one of them, then dip your foot into the bag to powder your feet. That's only for CPT.

On CPT, use the plastic spoon from your ration pack to eat all your meals. Take an extra spork to be your inspection one.

Not sure if they are on the kit list these days but flip-flops are a must for around the block, get air to your feet especially during summer intakes.

Ensure you have a decent iron, ironing board. When you first get your blue shirts, wash them 2-3 times then iron out the seams. Will make your shirts 400% easier to iron than just trying to do It straight out of the packet.

Take a sock bag to stick in the wash that's labelled.

Don't take washing powder, use tablets.

Nailbrush, tough boot brush and a toothbrush will help you clean everything especially as the weather gets worse towards the end of the year.

Ensure you really scrub your black shoes when you get them before you start polishing them and wear one pair while you polish the other. If you don't, the second you put them on all the polish will crack off and you'll have wasted hours.
Invaluable information here. Thanks for your time and effort on these threads, it's really making a huge difference and helping a lot of us out.
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Take shaving gel instead or as well as shaving foam. It needs to be clean for inspection and the pressurised cans tend to leak throughout the day.

Take a really small wash bag to carry around polish, on/off brushes. (When you do battle PT in your boots outside, you'll be expected to have them polished and clean for your next timing.)

Combination pad-locks, don't piss about with keys. You'll lose one and then look like a **** getting the bolt cutters from the guard room.

Re-sealable bags. Empty foot powder into one of them, then dip your foot into the bag to powder your feet. That's only for CPT.

On CPT, use the plastic spoon from your ration pack to eat all your meals. Take an extra spork to be your inspection one.

Not sure if they are on the kit list these days but flip-flops are a must for around the block, get air to your feet especially during summer intakes.

Ensure you have a decent iron, ironing board. When you first get your blue shirts, wash them 2-3 times then iron out the seams. Will make your shirts 400% easier to iron than just trying to do It straight out of the packet.

Take a sock bag to stick in the wash that's labelled.

Don't take washing powder, use tablets.

Nailbrush, tough boot brush and a toothbrush will help you clean everything especially as the weather gets worse towards the end of the year.

Ensure you really scrub your black shoes when you get them before you start polishing them and wear one pair while you polish the other. If you don't, the second you put them on all the polish will crack off and you'll have wasted hours.
Great post, exactly the type of information that will help anyone going through the training. The combination locks are looking to be an expensive part of the kit list, they're around £6-£8 per lock and need 6, although I already have one. I used a combination lock for PRTC and it was much easier than needing to worry about misplacing a key (which a couple of people did)
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Do you need to take much to PRTC? Is there any ironing required at PRTC? And are earplugs on a night ok?
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When asked what my biggest challenge would be in my interview I said ironing/sewing as never done either before and keeping all my kit right. Is there much kit to maintain and is there washing machines?
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Do you need to take much to PRTC? Is there any ironing required at PRTC? And are earplugs on a night ok?
I've sent you a PM with with PRTC kit list. You do need to take quite a lot for 3 days, it's surprising!
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Cheers Ryan will have a look now
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With regards to combi locks...

eBay.


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When asked what my biggest challenge would be in my interview I said ironing/sewing as never done either before and keeping all my kit right. Is there much kit to maintain and is there washing machines?
Do you really think they'll tell you to go down to the nearest river to bash your clothes over a rock? :rolleyes:

Yes to both.
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Haha thought so just making sure thanks
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Do you need to take much to PRTC? Is there any ironing required at PRTC? And are earplugs on a night ok?
No ironing. Earplugs are up to you.
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Thanks!
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Quick question regarding the name tags that we need for BRTC, has anyone who's done BRTC got them pre-printed with name and last 3 digits of their service number on, or have you got blank ones and wrote on them once there? Cheers
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I have a slightly silly question, I don't use face cloths, do I still buy them? Are they needed for inspection?

Also regarding name tags, we were only told 6, but I hear stories about ppl made to have tags on everything, including each sock! Is it still the case?
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I got a roll of tags and an indelible marker with it in home and bargain for 1.49...


16 days until BRTC
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I got a roll of tags and an indelible marker with it in home and bargain for 1.49...


16 days until BRTC
So did I Mine from Morrisons school uniform section
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I have a slightly silly question, I don't use face cloths, do I still buy them? Are they needed for inspection?

Also regarding name tags, we were only told 6, but I hear stories about ppl made to have tags on everything, including each sock! Is it still the case?

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Quick question regarding the name tags that we need for BRTC, has anyone who's done BRTC got them pre-printed with name and last 3 digits of their service number on, or have you got blank ones and wrote on them once there? Cheers
I have my name sewed into every sock, but I had heard they changed it so you no longer had to spend 7 hours sewing on the first night.

I took 50 labels, 25 printed with "SURNAME 123" and 25 blank. You can order them online If you google "RAF Name Labels" for a fiver or so. Make sure you get Iron-On ones, then you can just sew round the edges.
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Re padlocks.. I took 2 combi locks to PRTC but it says 6 on the kit list. The block I was staying in had keys on the cupboards nothing for a padlock. Is every block different? They're quite pricey £15 for 2.


11 days until I move to Campion flight, BB7 at RTS Halton.
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