The wives of 2 RIFLES pondered on what their partners got up to during a routine day in Lisburn, hence ‘Freaky Thursday’ was born.
The mission was to swap roles for just one morning, leaving the ladies’ partners the tasks of taking care of the children, doing the school run, preparing and clearing breakfast and so on. This would of course also allow the ladies a break from their normal daily routine and give them an insight into the daily activities of a Rifleman in barracks.
On a nice fresh, crisp Thursday morning the ladies paraded at the Welfare Office all dressed for the first period of physical training! They were all a little apprehensive on what the fitness training may involve, anticipating logs, stretchers, tyres and the like.
SSgt Hughes and his band of merry men introduced the ladies to a boxercise training session, designed to take them through a warm up session. After the main lesson and cool down which lasted 45 gruelling minutes, the ladies looked very well composed.
They were then taken to the indoor range for refreshments to become rehydrated and replenish the essential fats and sugars they needed, before conducting some Skill at Arms (SAA) training, and Medical Training, which specialised in First Aid in the home.
It was apparent that the ladies enjoyed the SAA session most of all, with a small amount of healthy and happy competition between the Officers’ and Other Ranks’ wives.
The Commanding Officer was impressed by the standard of shooting.
To round off the morning the Battalion 2IC, Maj Flynn, gave the ladies a brief on the upcoming Kenya exercise and some key future dates (that meant ‘leave’ dates).
The British Forces Broadcasting Services team provided great support and a number of ladies were interviewed, keen to share their views on how the morning had progressed and how they were looking forward to the prospect of perhaps another ‘Freaky Thursday’.