4th Battalion Update – July 2014
The battalion continues to develop our paired training with 1 LANCS with the completion of two support cadres; a machine gun cadre for Burma Company and an infantry assault soldier cadre for B Company which took place during their Annual Deployment Exercise in Germany.
Operations and Training
The Adjutant led a battlefield study to Monte Casino, Italy in April to study the battles that took place during World War Two.
In May we carried out our first Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE) to Germany with our paired battalion (1 LANCS). This involved a joint Combined Arms Staff Training (CAST) week plus a number of support weapons cadres. We also played host to a number of US Army National Guard and six soldiers will visit the USA this summer as part of the exchange programme.
A Battalion Field Training Exercise (FTX) was conducted in June which saw the battalion deployed into a conventional scenario. All involved were being tested including Battalion Headquarters.
The RSM led a small team on our first attempt of the Cateran Yomp in Scotland, a 54 mile military style 'yomp' across arduous terrain in less than 24 hours. The team completed the course within the set time collecting five gold and one silver medal and raised funds for the Army Benevolent Fund.
Manning & Recruiting
Significant recruiting, community engagement and employer engagement activities conducted. The effect is that numbers in training and recruits in the pipeline are starting to increase. Co-locating with the YOTR in Sheffield is having a positive effect in producing potential officers who are now engaging with the unit.
The recently enhanced financial incentives for ex-Regulars to join the Army Reserve, is showing improvement with applications now on the rise across the battalion.
The battalion also won (for the fifth consecutive time) the St George's Trophy - the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for Yorkshire and The Humber, Public Relations and Marketing Prize.
The following appointment took place:
- Major A COOPER appointed Officer Commanding Alma Company
Sport & Adventurous Training
The battalion football team won perhaps will be the last annual match versus 15 (North East) Brigade and at the end of May won the minor-unit prize at Exercise Race the Sun, the annual team multiphase challenge held in and around York.
In August, a Short Term Training Task (STTT) will return to Uganda. This is the second time in under a year that 4 YORKS has sent a team to the country.
In October, we will support a funeral service for York & Lancaster Regiment soldiers that were found near Beacomp-Ligny, France. The year ends with our second Annual Deployment Exercise to Cyprus. This will be the main effort for Corunna and Alma Companies.