- WITH THE COLDSTREAM
If you are interested in becoming
a Coldstream Guardsman, and think you have what it
takes, take it further!
HUNDREDS of images from
a recent Look at Life Course are now online,
click here to see them.
Young people, who may be thinking about a career in the
Coldstream Guards, generally have little or no idea what
Army life is all about. In fact, it is probably true to say
that we are one of the least well-understood
organisations in the country, by those who haven't served
We have discovered a way of enhancing the understanding
amongst our target audience (fit enthusiastic and motivated
individuals) of what we actually do, why and how we do it.
This is what we call a "Look at Life".
A Look at Life is a 4 day trip to an Army camp where you can
see and participate in some training activities. The
Coldstream Guards Regimental Recruiting Team will take you
to the Army Training Regiment at Pirbright in Surrey.
During these four days you will have the opportunity to meet
others of your own age who are themselves undergoing
training at the camp, from them you will get a clear
prospective of how hard and how enjoyable it is.
An intensive programme
of activities will be laid on which we hope will leave you
in no doubt what a Coldstreamers Life is all about. By the
end of the trip you will feel fitter, more confident and
much more able.
You will be collected by minibus from the pick up
point notified to you by WOII Dave Naylor. Space is limited so
please think about what baggage you take. There is no need
for a kitchen sink, we already have one.
You will be staying in the old accommodation at ATR Pirbright. It is fairly basic, but more than adequate
for 4 days. You will however be taken on a tour of the camp
and see the exceptional standard of the modern
We will provide you with the best food money can
buy (welcome back school dinners!). However, you will need a
pack lunch for the journey to Pirbright.
The programme, although it may vary occasionally,
will always include a visit to a Unit of the Field Army and
a visit to London. Due to circumstances beyond our control,
sometimes we may have to drop bits and at other times there
could be something happening that we think could be of a
benefit to add in. The detailed general programme is shown
in the scanned images to the left and below.
The Army is committed to the continuing
development and use of service policies, practices and
procedures which respect and value individual's unique
contribution, irrespective of their gender, marital status,
race, ethnic origin or religious belief, and without
reference to social background or sexual orientation. In
simple terms, all youngsters are equally welcome to
participate regardless of sex, race, colour or creed.
We must ensure that
we have permission from your parents to attend. In
particular we want to be satisfied that your parents know
where you are and what you will be doing. To this end, you
must have the consent form (see scanned images to the left
or below) completed and returned to CSgt Naylor before
attending, otherwise you will not be permitted to get on the
are strongly advised to take the following list of clothing
and personal items:
- Running Shoes
- Sports Wear (Track Suit/Shorts &
- Shaving Equipment (if required)
- 2 Towels
- Spare Underwear
- Casual Clothes
- Knife, Fork, Spoon & Plastic Mug
- Woolly Hat
- Old Jeans
- Old Sweatshirt with long sleeves (to be used on the
- Old Training Shoes (to be used on the assault course)
Members of the the Army Cadet Force may take combat boots
for use on the assault course
**You will also need smart casual clothes for visiting
the Royal Palaces
You won't need a lot, there isn't much spare time
in the programme for you to be able to spend money, about
£20-£25 will be enough.
The Army Training Regiment does not allow alcohol
to be consumed anywhere on the premises other than the
NAAFI. You will not be permitted in the NAAFI Bar during
your stay, therefore NO ALCOHOL will be consumed at all
during your trip.
We would ask that you comply with simple
standards of behaviour. Our staff will do everything
possible to make your trip interesting, challenging and
enjoyable but they will always be responsible for not only
you but all others in the group. In the interests of
"THE ARMY INSTRUCTORS WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON EVERYTHING YOU DO WHILST ON MILITARY
YOU INTERESTED IN 'LOOK AT LIFE'?
Visit your nearest Recruiting Office
here to find nearest)
Or give the Coldstream Guards Regimental Recruiting Team a
WOII 'Mack' McWilliams
on 07782 186661
(Click the below for scanned images of the Look at Life
here to view a slide show on just what you'd expect to
find when attended Look at Life with the Coldstream