THE Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces will continue with the third phase of their training today.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Jone Kalouniwai, "the boys are all psyched up for it."
"It's not an easy training procedure as our aim is to cover 30 kilometres a day, with an overall target of completing 120 kilometres in four days," Lt-Col Kalouniwai said.
The battalion, which is made up of new recruits, began its four-day training at 3am on Sunday.
"There was an advance party sent out on Saturday evening just to set up and prepare, such as our signals personnel, but the actual training began on Sunday morning.
"Although the target is 120 kilometres in four days, we've added an extra day just in case the 120 kilometre target is not reached in the given time period," he said. The group aims to rendezvous with the Suva Naval Task Force on the fourth day and the Naval Task Force will bring them back to Suva on Friday morning.
"I've warned the boys though that if they don't reach the given target in four days, they'll miss the boat and have to walk back to Suva," said Lt-Col Kalouniwai.
The battallion is travelling on foot and aims to cover three provinces.
The new recruits are expected to be along the Kings Rd today, having passed through Navitilevu Bay, Tailevu, Naitasiri and Ra already.