4th Battalion Update – April 2016
The Battalion continues to grow and this is down to the efforts of the recruiters in the companies and especially their mentoring and nurturing. Alma Company also move to their new Army Reserve Centre at Halifax Barracks on Beverley Road, Hull.
Operations and Training
Working with Regimental Headquarters, 1 YORKS, 2 YORKS and the Regimental Support Team has seen our recruiters to continue the swell our recruit numbers and we are focusing our search for new Direct Entrant Young Officers.
The end of the training year saw record numbers of recruits attending training and pass off at both Grantham and Catterick. Our Companies have continued to conduct low level training and complete their Mandatory Army Training Tests in preparation for more demanding challenges. Soldiers from across the battalion has recently taken part in exercises alongside regular counterparts in diverse places such as Otterburn, Salisbury Plain, Australia. Guns and Mortars recently carried out successful cadres and live shoots with 4 LANCS and 2 YORKS and our Company shooting teams took part in the Brigade Operational Shooting Competition (OSC) and dominated the Army Reserve competition taking the top three team places and first and second places in the individual shoot.
The highlight of the period has been a long journey to take part in a major Australian exercise north of Adelaide. A composite platoon made up of soldiers from across the battalion flew out for the three week exercise which saw them form a Battlegroup made up entirely from Army Reserve soldiers. Battlegroup JACKA then took joined Exercise Predators Gallop, the Australian Defence Force's second largest exercise of their training year - perhaps a career highlight for some who took part.
On a musical note, individuals from the Regimental Band have continued to carry out good will tours to Africa and a pair of musicians took part in a re-recording of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national anthem alongside three local military bands in Sarajevo.
Sport & Adventurous Training
A select group recently completed their basic Alpine Skiing qualifications during Exercise Yorkshire Eagle ski camp in Austria, something the battalion hopes to repeat next year. Three members of the Band also supported a Post the August adventurous training period large numbers participating in the ADE took part in water sports close to Lydd Camp and a small team based on Alma company has taken part in this season's Army cross country competitions.
In the next few weeks a dozen or so soldiers will take part in Exercise LIONS STAR alongside 5 RRF in Cyprus and a Battlefield study group will visit Berlin's World War Two and Cold War sites. The highlight for the summer is the celebration of the Regiment's 10th Anniversary, closely followed by support and participation in various Freedom Parades at the end of June with our counterparts at 1 YORKS and 2 YORKS. Thereafter, our focus shifts to our Annual Deployment Exercise which will take place at Stanford Training Area in Norfolk.