What did basic training consist of for British conscripts in WW2?

What was involved, and how long did it last- or were you shipped straight out to learn 'on the job?' Also, after the war, were conscripts given the opportunity to stay in? Thanks.

Asked By: Dan - 3/11/2008
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Very briefly, it varied according to which service you were in (e.g. RAF, Navy or Army) and according to what your trade was. But all basic training which lasted for about 8 weeks (slight variations between services) was fairly similar in that the recruits were taught discipline as well as such things as weapons... More
Answered By: Wamibo - 3/11/2008
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There was a basic training period. All the usual tiresome but necessary routines. Sometimes a shortage of rifles meant using broomsticks to march with.
Answered By: Vigilant - 3/11/2008
It looks like normal basic training was about three weeks as absolute minimum... More
Answered By: sbdfhs - 3/11/2008
British soldier served six weeks training before going to war... More
Answered By: Kez (The Stig) - 3/11/2008
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