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Reflecting on my first few months in post

As many of you know, I took on the role of Chief of Defence People (CDP) just as the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning to grip the world in February. As you can imagine, this has meant that the first few months in post have brought some interesting and unexpected challenges as we all get used to this new way of life. While some aspects of the ways in which we work have changed drastically in recent months, the crucial role you all play has remained constant. You are more valuable and essential to Defence outputs than ever before in these challenging, uncertain times. As CDP I am in the privileged position of being able see this first-hand and have the opportunity to make sure that you all feel

COVID-19: C Company and it's role in Mobile Testing Units (MTUs)

Following A Company's deployment to NHS Nightingale Bristol last month, 1 R WELSH have continued to reinforce the UK’s response to Covid-19. C Company has led in delivering Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) as part of the Government testing scheme. Mobilised for training in the final week of April, members of C Coy made the journey from Tidworth to Grantham to complete their training as part of the Covid-19 taskforce. Organised into MTUs, these five, twelve-man teams were responsible for the construction, administration and running of new testing sites across the South West of England. From Truro to Swindon, C Coy were in force to deliver the Government’s 100,000 daily testing target. With individ

1 R WELSH Training During COVID-19

As the world has ground to a halt following the COVID-19 outbreak, training within 1 R WELSH initially followed suit. Many planned individual and collective training events from April to July had to be either postponed or cancelled. With BATUS in 2021 looming on the horizon, the Battalion has had to find new ways to continue training to maintain important skills. Companies run lessons and study online using a wide variety of training resources offered by the MOD. Lessons include dismounted and mounted doctrine, Support Company specific capabilities, Company and Battalion standard operating procedures (SOPs), and numerous other topics. Video conferences have become a common tool that allows f

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