4th Battalion Update – August 2016
The Battalion have recently enjoyed some down time after what has been an unusually busy time, having achieved a great deal with their customary commitment and enthusiasm. Increased military civil engagement across the region, overseas training and paired exercises hopefully have fulfilled our Reserve “offer”.
Operations and Training
We have enjoyed a number of highlights; Exercise MORLANCOURT saw a platoon deploy to Australia for a demanding field exercise with a section attached to 5 RRF in Cyprus on Exercise LION STAR. The busy period 2 YORKS have gone through has given us the opportunity to conduct paired activity and get some soldiers away. We have also seen 50+ soldiers deployed on demanding and interesting deployments.
Some of our soldiers and future commanders have been on their Combat Infantryman Course or Senior Division at the Infantry Battle School. It is reassuring that the same standards are being applied to the Reserves. The Platoon Sergeants Battle Course is an integrated course where Reserve soldiers join the course on Exercise HARD POUNDING and stay on the course for 2 weeks. It is tough, with individual Reserves being dropped into a section that has already been together for a few weeks with no compromises made. The Reserves can only get back a better soldier and commander as a result.
All the Companies have actively supported increased engagement with a number of key community integration activities, such as cricket matches and multi-cultural leadership training days. Current levels of engagement are unprecedented and are demonstrating that with some imagination and by working smarter we can achieve a huge and diverse number of tasks.
High profile activities saw the Regimental profile further rise in the region. These included the Regiment’s 10th Anniversary Parade and Armed Forces Day events that saw The Yorkshire Regiment Band and the Recruiting Teams promoting what the Army, both Regular and Reserve, can do. Supporting Freedom Parades with 1 and 2 YORKS accompanied this activity and a large presence at the Great Yorkshire Show capped off a successful promotional period.
Recruitment continues to go well and is bucking the downturn that is being seen in many other Units. We continue to produce an ever-increasing number of recruits into the Battalion and have recently seen us pass the 80% manned strength. New recruiting material has been received and we hope to exploit social media more to increase our influence. We hope that the incredible efforts in Middlesbrough will pay off as we wait for the A2020 Refine announcement. Next year we hope to be report they will become permanently established and re-designated as Quebec Coy.
Sport & Adventurous Training
Apart from the Company based Adventure training weekends this month, the focus has been on preparing a substantial and unprecedented package of activities during the forthcoming ADE.
Annual Training starts at Thetford in September before we switch and deploy to the Lake District for Adventure Training. Concurrently, we take part in the 4th Infantry Brigade military skills competitions, host a Defence Tactical Exercise Without Troops (TEWT) and prepare for Ex CAMBRIAN PATROL. Next year we hope to have an operationally focused opportunity while we actively seek overseas training opportunities to fulfil our commitment of opportunities to keep our soldiers interested, engaged and deliver more recruits in through the door.