We started our training in January 2022. It was commonly known as EMT, which stands for: Early Morning Training. The first challenge was the early start. We were ordered to wake up at roughly 6am three times a week to get to school for 7am and begin our session. These lasted for 45 minutes and mostly consisted of the famous ‘1-minute fast lap’ around the parade square which will forever remembered. These 3 months were full of pain, blood and sweat. Leaving you feeling like throwing up after each session, but ultimately paid off in the long term.
After the episode of our initial physical training, the true test began. This involved the journey down to Dartmoor, including 22 keen students, equally attempting to gain a place in the official Ten Tors team.
We spent 4 days down in this unique area and spent most days walking and sleeping in tents overnight. The true focus of this practice was to assess the candidate's skills on the job. This branched out from just physical fitness and considered attributes such as practicality and congenial behaviour.