Drill Nights are a staple part of the URNU experience. These weekly training nights (held every Thursday) provide our students with the opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, earn qualifications, and ultimately prepare themselves for weekends on ship as well as Summer/Easter deployments.
At the start of the night, students "form up" into their respective divisions (either Smiter, Attacker or Droxford) for uniform inspection and to be briefed by the boss.
After this, the evening usually includes two 1-hour classes on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:
- PLTs (Practical Leadership Tasks) – These tasks require you to work within your team, bringing together your knowledge, strengths, skills and experiences to solve a practical task. The skills learned in these lessons are invaluable for any future career, either naval or civilian.
- Navigation – In these lectures you will learn crucial skills in maritime navigation. Classes on chart reading, plotting courses, buoys and markers, as well as those all-important “Rules of the Road”, will prepare you for any role on HMS Pursuer.
- A variety of practical activities such as; boat-building, parade training, flight-deck sports or guest speakers and lecturers.
Drill Nights include Shareholders, which is where the committee make any important announcements.
They are also usually followed by a social, either in our own Unit bar (which not only has the cheapest drinks available on campus, but also opens after every Drill Night, providing a perfect chance to socialise with other students), or at another venue/ event (which has, in the past included, Roller Disco, Themed Nights at the Unit Bar, Speed Dating, or a trip out to the local pubs/clubs!)