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RAF Halton - Phase 1 Training (Week 1-10) Breakdown

Hello, I’m looking for a bit if advice on where I can find a week by week breakdown of the phase 1 training at RAF Halton.For example IOT has modules that you can pick out and describe, listing the different types of exercises and tests within them. However, I can’t seem to find anything like this at Halton? Thanks!!!

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Reply 1
Halton is split down into three phases.

The first phase is around 4 weeks, you'll learn all your basic military stuff such as marching, kit prep and who/ how to salute ect. You'll learn about the RAF and towards the end of this phase you'll undertake the general service knowledge test.

Phase two is your force protection training with the regiment, again this is 4 weeks. You'll learn about weapons, how to fire, cbrn and finishes with a week long excersize

Final two weeks are testing everything you've been taught, final kit inspection fitness test ect. You'll also go away for a week long adventure training in this period.

Hope this helps, there's some brilliant videos and video diary's on YouTube to watch. Some of them are a bit dated now but gives you a general idea

Best of luck
Reply 2
Thanks!!
Reply 3
Original post by shhep3
Halton is split down into three phases.

The first phase is around 4 weeks, you'll learn all your basic military stuff such as marching, kit prep and who/ how to salute ect. You'll learn about the RAF and towards the end of this phase you'll undertake the general service knowledge test.

Phase two is your force protection training with the regiment, again this is 4 weeks. You'll learn about weapons, how to fire, cbrn and finishes with a week long excersize

Final two weeks are testing everything you've been taught, final kit inspection fitness test ect. You'll also go away for a week long adventure training in this period.

Hope this helps, there's some brilliant videos and video diary's on YouTube to watch. Some of them are a bit dated now but gives you a general idea

Best of luck

Could you link the video diaries you mentioned please?
Glad you had a positive experience!
Reply 4
Original post by ojellis
Could you link the video diaries you mentioned please?
Glad you had a positive experience!

I am currently in my final week of phase 1 if you have any questions feel free to ask.
Reply 5
Original post by Ethand31
I am currently in my final week of phase 1 if you have any questions feel free to ask.

My son starts next week, he’s pretty chilled but I’m stressing lol! Do the younger ones who have never been away from home before generally settle OK? He’s only just 17.
Reply 6
Original post by Kate raf
My son starts next week, he’s pretty chilled but I’m stressing lol! Do the younger ones who have never been away from home before generally settle OK? He’s only just 17.

Hi Kate, I know this will be a traumatic time for you as much as it will be exciting for your son. But please be assured that the flight commanders and all staff at Halton (as with all Phase 1 training establishments) are acutely aware that many of their charges will be away from home for the first time and will keep an eye on them and provide guidance and support where necessary. The welfare of trainees is paramount. Having said that, the course is designed to take a young person off the street and provide them with all the basic training they will need to start their careers in the RAF. The discipline and robust nature of the course may come as a shock to many, but it will change that young person’s life for the better and you and your son will have enormous pride when he graduates in a few months. Be brave and be supportive, that’s all you need to do!

icky (ex RAF Master Aircrew - 32 years)

PS FWIW you never stop worrying about your kids. My 21 year old student cherub is shortly flying off to California to see his girlfriend and is currently in London on his own. I think he’s fed up with my frequent messages telling him to be careful and aware of what’s happening around him!
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Original post by Ikaruss
Hi Kate, I know this will be a traumatic time for you as much as it will be exciting for your son. But please be assured that the flight commanders and all staff at Halton (as with all Phase 1 training establishments) are acutely aware that many of their charges will be away from home for the first time and will keep an eye on them and provide guidance and support where necessary. The welfare of trainees is paramount. Having said that, the course is designed to take a young person off the street and provide them with all the basic training they will need to start their careers in the RAF. The discipline and robust nature of the course may come as a shock to many, but it will change that young person’s life for the better and you and your son will have enormous pride when he graduates in a few months. Be brave and be supportive, that’s all you need to do!

icky (ex RAF Master Aircrew - 32 years)

PS FWIW you never stop worrying about your kids. My 21 year old student cherub is shortly flying off to California to see his girlfriend and is currently in London on his own. I think he’s fed up with my frequent messages telling him to be careful and aware of what’s happening around him!

Ahhhh thanks for the reply 🙂 I know you’re right. On all counts lol!
Original post by Kate raf
My son starts next week, he’s pretty chilled but I’m stressing lol! Do the younger ones who have never been away from home before generally settle OK? He’s only just 17.

My son is only 16 he starts in February. And I’m with you on the stressing 😩. I’m assuming yours has now started? Did he take an ironing board /iron with him . And did he take a suitcase? I keep seeing there’s only a small locker !
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Original post by Roseyposey2125
My son is only 16 he starts in February. And I’m with you on the stressing 😩. I’m assuming yours has now started? Did he take an ironing board /iron with him . And did he take a suitcase? I keep seeing there’s only a small locker !

Oh my lovely strap yourself in…….it’s a tough time. I don’t know the rules here but if you want to chat privately I’m happy to…I would love nothing more than to have someone who understands how this feels. My son went in very recently and it’s a challenge, not gonna lie. So they all had ironing boards and some had two or three holdalls and some had suitcases. You can help them up the car park and across to the accommodation blocks (it’s not far) but it’s at this point you get your big girl pants on and say goodbye. We got a kit list and bought it all a month in advance, only to get a different one, half the size, two weeks before. But despite that, he has space for it all. I would say bring a bag for dirty laundry as well as a spare loo roll. Bear in mind they have black pens to label their clothes, so don’t go with black gym kit like my son has because he can’t label it. I believe sniper tape is handy for this but don’t quote me.
Original post by Kate raf
Oh my lovely strap yourself in…….it’s a tough time. I don’t know the rules here but if you want to chat privately I’m happy to…I would love nothing more than to have someone who understands how this feels. My son went in very recently and it’s a challenge, not gonna lie. So they all had ironing boards and some had two or three holdalls and some had suitcases. You can help them up the car park and across to the accommodation blocks (it’s not far) but it’s at this point you get your big girl pants on and say goodbye. We got a kit list and bought it all a month in advance, only to get a different one, half the size, two weeks before. But despite that, he has space for it all. I would say bring a bag for dirty laundry as well as a spare loo roll. Bear in mind they have black pens to label their clothes, so don’t go with black gym kit like my son has because he can’t label it. I believe sniper tape is handy for this but don’t quote me.

I have to make a couple of posts first (apparently) before I can access private messaging :smile:
Reply 11
Original post by Roseyposey2125
I have to make a couple of posts first (apparently) before I can access private messaging :smile:

Well let’s keep chatting lol
Reply 12
As an ex-RAF Recruiter, I'll say understand that there will be times when they can't contact you, and times when they can and they could be tired and thoroughly fed up. If they're struggling, tell them training isn't like the actual RAF; it's a few weeks of being pushed hard and expected to play by certain rules, but stick it out for the ultimate reward.

The AFCOs would get photographs of those who'd been through the recruitment process with them and won awards at Halton; our office produced some 'Best Recruits' but I was proud to see a picture of a very quiet, though competent, young teen who'd won 'Most Helpful Cadet'; he was beaming. It's like letting them go on their first day at school; they're resilient and they will find their own level. Let us know how they get on!
Original post by Roseyposey2125
My son is only 16 he starts in February. And I’m with you on the stressing 😩. I’m assuming yours has now started? Did he take an ironing board /iron with him . And did he take a suitcase? I keep seeing there’s only a small locker !

Our son is in his second week at RAF Halton. I bought the kit pack (online). He ended up with a suitcase, a carry on and another bag+we had to carry his ironing board and iron....then after all of that we still had to send him shampoo and lip balm.
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Original post by foxsmum
Our son is in his second week at RAF Halton. I bought the kit pack (online). He ended up with a suitcase, a carry on and another bag+we had to carry his ironing board and iron....then after all of that we still had to send him shampoo and lip balm.

He must be in my son’s intake! How’s he getting on?
Original post by Kate raf
He must be in my son’s intake! How’s he getting on?

Yes he's Campion. He's been doing okay. He's not been shouted at yet. haha. He failed the inspection and they found out he had 5 (!!!!) cavities but otherwise he's getting used to it. How is your son doing?
Original post by Kate raf
He must be in my son’s intake! How’s he getting on?

Maybe I should add that he's 20 and he'd been away from home a lot (adventure camps with school, Austria on a ski trip and went to Greece for a week with friends) and he says they're keeping him too busy to be homesick. I saw your son is 17.
Reply 17
Original post by foxsmum
Yes he's Campion. He's been doing okay. He's not been shouted at yet. haha. He failed the inspection and they found out he had 5 (!!!!) cavities but otherwise he's getting used to it. How is your son doing?

He’s struggling with the fitness which is entirely his own stupid fault for being a lazy bugger and not working on it when he had the time. Decisions he is deeply regretting now. I am a dentist myself so would have been mortified had they round anything wrong with his teeth but thankfully he was ok lol! He’s not on the DLE though, despite a million attempts to try and get it sorted which is very frustrating as he says it’s really good for revision etc
Original post by Kate raf
He’s struggling with the fitness which is entirely his own stupid fault for being a lazy bugger and not working on it when he had the time. Decisions he is deeply regretting now. I am a dentist myself so would have been mortified had they round anything wrong with his teeth but thankfully he was ok lol! He’s not on the DLE though, despite a million attempts to try and get it sorted which is very frustrating as he says it’s really good for revision etc

What is your son's career path? Our son is going for Aircraft Avionics. He's going to Cosford after this.
Reply 19
Original post by foxsmum
What is your son's career path? Our son is going for Aircraft Avionics. He's going to Cosford after this.

He will also be at Cosford, survival equipment specialist (hopefully lol)

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