4th Battalion Update – July 2013
This period has been dominated by three major issues – The restructuring of the Reserves under Future Reserves 2020 (FR20); the introduction of the Recruiting Partnering Programme (RPP); and the uncertainty of Annual Camp in Spain and its cancellation.
2013 has seen no operational or UK Operations support for the Battalion; the first time in many years. The Battalion has concentrated on recruiting, individual skills and community engagement.
Operations and Training
We were unable to secure a firm date for IBERIAN STAR Overseas Training Exercise (OTX) leading to 3 short notice changes to the dates. This led to the decision to cancel the OTX as it was impossible to arrange time away from work.
Planning for Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE) at Salisbury Plain is gathering momentum - bookings for the Combined Army Tactical Trainer (CATT), ranges and field-firing areas well in hand. It is shaping up to be a superb camp as 4 YORKS will be the first to complete a bespoke TA Light Infantry Hybrid Foundation Exercise.
4 YORKS continues to support external exercises as well as participate in a host of adventurous training and career courses. We are engaged in no less than 11 external exercises and courses in addition to Company training this summer. High profile training events included exercise MERLIN EXECUTIVE in June – an annual initiative to promote engagement between the military and employers of reserve forces.
Manning & Recruiting
Recruiting remains the non-operational main effort. The Adjutant, in close liaison with the Young Officer Development Advisor (YODA) has refreshed our Officer recruiting strategy. Currently, there are 20 individuals on our Potential Officer tracker. Four of these are in the final stages of commissioning and assuming they pass the Territorial Army Commissioning Course (TACC), should fill positions by the autumn.
The following appointments took place:
- Lieutenant Colonel I HALLAM appointed Commanding Officer.
- Captain W ALLISON appointed Adjutant.
- Warrant Officer Class 1 M CONNELL appointed Regimental Sergeant Major.
Sport & Adventurous Training
4 YORKS has mounted two overseas adventurous training activities - the first to Chamonix; mountain biking and the second; diving off the coast of Gibraltar.
Three areas will focus the Battalion in the next 12-24 months; Adoption of the FR20 force structures and basing solution; Recruiting in the Recruit Partnering Programme (RPP) era and delivery of integrated training with our paired regular Battalion – 1 LANCS then 2 YORKS in 2015.