Another cracking episode tonight, starting with a high pressure exercise right from the off.
The squad was put under physical pressure with a casualty evacuation with the added pressure of being followed by the DS with Paint guns simulating a pursuing enemy. Naturally, by the time they arrived at the finish point there were one or two marked people from the paint ammo. But it was a brilliant exercise to show how one casualty can turn into many in a combat environment.
The second exercise of this episode saw our recruits on a resupply mission moving, literally, a ton of kit to a simulated forward operating base. Recruits 7 (Milo) and 21 (Louise) were nominated team leaders. It took both teams around 24 minutes which failed to impress the staff.
The next exercise was a trip 3o miles into the Andes for an overnight survival task where the recruits had to build snow shelters to protect them from an incoming storm. This time No:5 (Laura) and 24 (Lou) were tasked with team leaders. Lou seemed to struggle from the start with the leadership and soon began to lose control of the group. This ended in No:18 (Rick) taking over.
As the exercise started Nathanial approached the staff explaining mentally he was struggling. He was driven back to camp to speak to the Medical advisor. The MA decided to withdraw Nathanial from the course on medical grounds. This was one guy I admired for pushing himself so far and I take my hat off to him for an amazing effort.
Laura’s group completed the shelter but with the imminent storm approaching fast and only one shelter completed, the DS was forced to return all of the candidates back to camp.
As the recruits were taken to camp, the DS called them out in the wee hours for a beasting session. It was unfortunate to see No:5 (Laura) withdraw. She had performed well in the snow shelter task. After a sterling effort, I was sorry to see her leave.
After the beasting, No:7 (Milo) was taken in for a talk with the DS. In this, he revealed that he had lost his brother in Afghanistan when he was just 15. His other brother was also in the Forces and he said that he felt guilty (I almost felt that he thought of himself unworthy). This, for me was one of the most emotional parts of the series so far. Obviously, at this point, we don’t know how far Milo goes but I will say this as if we were watching live. You can be so proud of yourself as I’m sure everybody that knows you is. You are an incredible young man and you have no need to prove yourself. You’ve already done that. Hold your head high and complete this course for yourself, no one else. All the luck in the world.
So here we go to the next juicy twist. Petra was brought in to the staff and asked to withdraw on the Cull to invoke a little uncertainty into the squad. It had the desired effect. Straight after Petra, No:3 (James) withdrew. It took balls to do that in front of the squad, well done James and good luck onwards. Straight after Petra revealed herself, much to the shock and awe of the remaining recruits, as Ex-Special Forces. She also named No:4, 20 & 24 as weak members of the group.
After a short DS Cull meeting, the recruits were brought back out and No:4 and 20 were taken off the course. Well done for a brilliant effort guys, you did so well to make it this far.
So we are down to 12. Episode 4 is on next Sunday 27th Jan 2019 on Channel 4. The stakes are raised and the course goes to a new level of hell.
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Photos: Channel 4