4th Battalion Update – January 2014
This period has been dominated by two issues – The restructuring of the Reserves under Future Reserves 2020 (FR20); the introduction of the Recruiting Partnering Programme (RPP).
2013 saw the Battalion concentrate on recruiting, individual skills and community engagement.
Operations and Training
The battalion has recently returned from a short-term training task in Uganda mentoring and assessing the Ugandan Peoples’ Defence Force before they conduct peace keeping operations in Somalia. A mixture of regular and reserve, soldiers and officers; plus individuals from our paired battalion made up the ORBAT for this short deployment.
Our Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE) took place in September at Salisbury Plain. The Battalion carried out a week of exercises using the Combined Army Tactical Trainer (CATT) followed by a week of ranges and field-firing. 4 YORKS were the first to complete a bespoke Army Reserve Light Infantry Hybrid Foundation Exercise.
Our highest profile community engagement event saw the Battalion accept the Freedom of Barnoldswick in the old West Riding of Yorkshire in early September.
Manning & Recruiting
Recruiting remains the battalion’s main effort and the second Regimental Support Team is now embedded into the battalion’s recruiting strategy. We also expect to see an uplift of numbers into the Yorkshire Regiment Support Team by the end of February; this will take their numbers up to 16.
The following appointments took place:
- Major C McBURNEY MBE appointed Quartermaster.
- Major D SCHOFIELD appointed Officer Commanding D Company.
Sport & Adventurous Training
4 YORKS entered two ski teams each of four athletes into Exercise FROSTED BLADE 29, the Infantry Alpine Ski Camp and Championships. The Exercise was held in Val d’Isere in the French Alps. The battalion secured: second place in the Reserves team competition; second place in the Combined Veterans individual competition and second and third placed women overall.
There are three areas of focus in 2014; Adoption of the FR20 force structures and basing; 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.