We use cookies to improve your experience on our website and ensure the information we provide is more relevant. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we will assume you are happy to accept all cookies on the Army website. You can change your cookie settings at any time.

 

Exercise Cambrian Patrol

Exercise Cambrian Patrol is a continuous 36-hour, long-range patrol exercise which is run annually within the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales.

A member of the dutch team awaits his turn to across the river.

The exercise is a World Class event, it is open to all three services with regular, UOTC, reserve and international patrols and is considered one of the most arduous and prestigious military events, testing candidates' leadership, field craft, discipline and both mental and physical robustness.

The exercise is open to all three services with regular, UOTC, reserve and international patrols and is considered one of the most arduous and prestigious military events, testing candidates' leadership, field craft, discipline and both mental and physical robustness.

Set up over 50 years ago by Welsh reservists, patrol teams of eight are required to cover over 50km on foot carrying an average of 30kg over the most unforgiving Welsh terrain in less than 48 hours.
Patrols are required to undertake a number of 'tasks' on their route, each testing a different aspect of soldering e.g. Navigation, first aid and casualty evacuation, CBRN, recognition of aircraft, vehicles and equipment and a tactical river crossing to name but a few.

Each patrol is set within the context of a realistic scenario which often involves patrols having to traverse enemy territory, interact with friendly and not so friendly civilians or militia groups. Patrols are de-briefed on everything they encounter on the route during a tactical debrief upon reaching the end of their mission.

Although Ex Cambrian Patrol is not a competition, points are added or deducted depending on performance, time and conduct whilst on the patrol with medals or certificates awarded depending on their score.

Exercise Cambrian Patrol is one of the most challenging and rewarding exercises you can take part in and is the closest thing to Special Forces selection many people will experience.

For further information call 01874 613280. Please follow the link in the right-hand panel to learn how to apply.