Army ma­jor says the best way for young re­cruits to learn is to fail

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Do­minic Ni­cholls and Yo­hannes Lowe nel 5 at 10pm. is broad­cast on Chan-

ARMY re­cruits are be­ing taught how to fail – to iden­tify strengths and weak­nesses, a doc­u­men­tary is to show.

Raw Re­cruits, which be­gins its sec­ond six-part se­ries on Mon­day, is filmed at the Army Foun­da­tion Col­lege in Har­ro­gate, Yorks. Any­one join­ing at 16 has to at­tend the col­lege, which mixes school­ing with ba­sic mil­i­tary train­ing.

Ma­jor John Cartwright-Terry, the Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing of Cam­brai Com­pany, said: “The col­lege is about teach­ing young peo­ple how to fail. One of the best ways of fa­cil­i­tat­ing growth and de­vel­op­ment is by ex­pos­ing some­one to their own weak­nesses. If they don’t know that weak­ness is there, they don’t have the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop.” The se­ries fol­lows the re­cruits on a six­month course.

Maj Cartwright-Terry said: “For a lot of young peo­ple this is the first time they will have re­alised they are not that good at ev­ery­thing. Boys ar­rive here full of bravado and gusto [think­ing] they’re the great­est thing since sliced bread. But they sud­denly re­alise they’re not that good.”

Cor­po­ral Joe Ne­vitt, the Army’s 2018 in­struc­tor of the year, was a re­cruit at Har­ro­gate 10 years ago. “It was a bit more shouty back then,” he said. “But if all you do is shout, you’re go­ing to lose them straight away.”

Clear differences be­tween male and fe­male re­cruits were iden­ti­fied. Maj Cartwright-Terry said: “The girls build and form re­la­tion­ships ex­po­nen­tially quicker. The males will ar­gue and have tantrums, while the girls quickly form teams.”

Raw Re­cruits

Re­cruits at the Army Foun­da­tion Col­lege

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