What is a Dummy Round?

Introduction A dummy round or drill round is a round that is completely inert, i.e., contains no primer, propellant, or explosive charge (filling). Purpose It is used to check weapon function, and for crew training. Dummy ammunition is distinct from “practice” ammunition, which may contain smaller than normal amounts of propellant and/or explosive. For example,… Read More


What is a Rubber Duck?

Introduction In the United States military, a rubber duck, “rubber ducky”, “Blue Gun”, or “Red Gun” is a non-functional training weapon that is fully or partially made of rubber or plastic. They are usually M16 rifles and are commonly used in basic training. Refer to Military Dummy. Purpose Trainees are issued rubber ducks to add… Read More

How to Create a Military Video Training Session Using a Video Editing Tool

Introduction Video training sessions have become an essential tool in military training programmes. They provide an immersive and interactive learning experience that can be easily replicated and distributed to trainees. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of creating a military video training session using a free online video editor tool.… Read More

Prepare for Military Success with Gym Training and Bootcamp Workouts

Introduction The military has a reputation of being one of the most physically gruelling professions in the world. And it is true, whether you are on the field or in the barracks, you need to be prepared for physically and mentally demanding tasks all day long. That is why, if you are serious about serving… Read More

A Brief Overview of British Army Officer Selection and Training

Introduction This article provides a brief outline of the British Army’s officer selection and training process, as at November 2022. Initial Interest and Local Recruitment Centre Army Officer recruitment is undertaken in partnership with Capita. Once an Individual has registered their initial interest, Officer selection begins with a formal interview at a local recruitment centre.… Read More

What is the Cost of Training RAF Pilots?

Introduction Below is an outline of the costs of training Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots in the UK Military Flying Training Service (UKMFTS). Outline The total cost of flying training for RAF pilots (which includes costs of the UKMFTS contract, and pay and support costs), prior to starting training on an operational aircraft, per trainee,… Read More