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Supporting the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Divisional Training Team

In the last week of January 2019, soldiers from across the battalion embarked on the eight-hour journey to the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Divisional Training Team Headquarters in Redford Cavalry Barracks, Edinburgh. The 8-vehicle convoy taking up the inside lane of the M6 following behind Sgt Walters’ in the lead vehicle who had the unfortunate task of driving 400 miles in a Landrover! The group included Fusiliers looking to demonstrate their leadership potential on the Potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (PJNCO) Course as well as some Corporals and Sergeants to assist with the delivery of the course. The eight-week course is broken down into four phases; Skill at Arms, CLM (Command lea

#WelshWarriors Football Team - Unbeaten this year!

3 Royal Welsh’s football team are through to the next round of the Army Reserve Cup and are looking forward to winning their first trophy! 3 Royal Welsh moved into the quarter-finals of the Army Reserve Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win against 167 Regiment RLC at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port. A strong wind made playing conditions difficult and an experienced RLC team that contained five members of the Army Reserve side made a tough and challenging contest. It took a well taken header by Fusilier Luke Fountain on the stroke of half time to break the deadlock and give the Royal Welsh a deserved lead. In the second half they missed three great chances to put the tie beyond doubt with Officer

True North: From Ice Hockey to Ukraine with the Royal 22nd Regiment of Canada

The move from one job to the next was made far more exciting this year with the need to up sticks from Tidworth and move to the self-styled `true North`, Canada. As part of an exchange programme, I swapped places with my Canadian counterpart, Capt Jon Leforte and took over as as company 2IC within the light role battalion of the Royal 22nd Regiment (R22R). The ``Vandoos``, as they are known are based in Quebec City, Quebec, the Francophone province on the eastern side of the country. The Regiment was formed in 1914 to represent the thousands of Franco-Canadians who wished to serve in a French speaking unit. Arriving in September, we were able to make the most of the last few weeks of the lov

Ex BRABANT DRAGON - A battlefield study to 's-Hertogenbosch

On the 14th of January 2019, I was given the opportunity to be part of a syndicate on a Battlefield Study, Ex BRABANT DRAGON. This was a five-day conceptual study for 48 JNCOs within the 1 R WELSH Battlegroup. To make it less infantry focused, we were joined by representatives from the artillery, engineers, armoured corps and the reserves. The focus of the study was the liberation of ‘s-Hertogenbosch by 53rd (Welsh) Division and we were guided to the key points of the battle. As well as the study we also had the opportunity to take part in a parade to lay a wreath at the 53rd Division Monument, visit the Arnhem museum and we were hosted by the local council at a reception in the city hall

Exercise DRAGON MANSING

Thursday 13 September – Friday 05 October 2018 In mid-September, eleven Royal Welshmen set off on a Himalayan adventure. Exercise DRAGON MANSING saw us trek some 120km of Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit between Syange and Jomson over twelve days. Our trek started at a Chinese dam on the Marshyangdi River, the trail winding its way up through paddy fields, subtropical forests, great waterfalls, remote villages, across scree slopes, over snow-covered rocky peaks until finally arriving at the the Thorong La Pass at 5,416m above seal level. For comparison, Pen Y Fan is a mere 886m, Mont Blanc tries at 4,808m and Everest towers at 8,848m. Our adventure was not limited to the mountains but saw us eagerl

Adventure Training

Adventure training is a mandated activity within the armed forces and serving Royal Welshmen get the opportunity to take part in many expeditions around the world. The aim is to develop a soldier’s courage and leadership which ultimately improves operational capability. In recent years soldiers have skied, trekked, climbed, mountain biked, sailed and even kite surfed in Cyprus, Nepal, Sweden, Nepal, Kenya and Greenland. These unique opportunities are still ‘on duty’ and you get paid to participate! Those who show a flair for an activity have the chance to gain both military and civilian instructor awards, which in turn allows them to plan and conduct expeditions of their own. It’s not all a

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