Borders reservists put their skills to the test

Casualty evacuation was practised during the exercise at Stanford in Norfolk.
Casualty evacuation was practised during the exercise at Stanford in Norfolk.

Borders Reserve soldiers from 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS) have been honing their skills on annual camp in Norfolk.

Around 75 soldiers, drawn from 6 SCOTS HQ in Glasgow and sub-units in the Borders, Ayr, Bathgate, Dumfries and Edinburgh, took part in the two week camp at Stanford Training Area.

The soldiers carry out various training exercises designed to test core military skills such as marksmanship, leadership, teamwork and fitness. The camp culminates in a final exercise where soldiers put their training into practise through simulated scenarios. The final exercise includes urban operations and a helicopter assault.

Major Rob Muir said: “This exercise is a great foundation for training deployments abroad next year with our Regular counterparts. The urban operations facilities at Stanford are superb and provide a very testing environment for us.

The UK Reserve Forces play a vital part in our nation’s defence and the role of the Reserve has changed. The British Army now has regular and reserve soldiers working alongside one another to create a fully integrated capability. Reservists are serving alongside their regular Army counterparts with the aim that, by 2020, they will be fully integrated with the regular Army and routinely deploy as part of all military operations.

Becoming a reservist is the ideal opportunity to learn new skills and travel to new places. There are over 220 roles available in the Reserves from chefs, drivers, engineers, medics to infantrymen.