Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2020

Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL is the premier patrolling event of the British Army which is held in Wales and hosted by Headquarters 160th (Welsh) Brigade.

This year’s Exercise Cambrian Patrol, which was due to take place from October 16-25, has had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision to cancel the event was taken some months ago but those who are familiar with the exercise will be aware of that October would normally see more than 1,300 troops descend on Mid Wales for the British Army’s toughest patrolling test.

The dates for Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL 2021 are 8 – 17 October & the DIN will be released in February 2021.

The Cambrian Patrol

The aim of The Cambrian Patrol is to provide a challenging patrols exercise in order to enhance operational capability.

Patrol Overview

The Cambrian Patrol is run on an annual basis with applications accepted from all three Services (Regular and Reserve Forces), and a variety of overseas military units. 

The event has evolved into a cost effective, ready-made exercise that Commanding Officers can use to test the basic training standards of their soldiers, in preparation for future operations. It is mission focused and scenario based with role players used to enhance the training benefit. We seek to encourage a wider participation from across all the arms and services and stress that the entry standards are not based on any specialist skills but on MATTs.

Patrol Composition

Each patrol must have a non-participating Patrol Manager of at least the rank of SNCO and two drivers. The drivers may be reserves. The composition of the patrol is to be (international patrol manning configuration will be based on each countries procedures):

Patrol Comd:  SNCO/WO/Offr (OR6-OF2).
Patrol 2IC:      JNCO (OR3-4).
6 x Private soldiers: (OR1-2) This group may include one JNCO (OR3-4).
However, specialised units and international squad make-up will be considered on a case by case basis.

Assessment Criteria

Ex CP is a Mission and Task Orientated exercise and the fundamental criteria used to assess the performance of the patrol is by determining how it completes the various tasks and achieves its Mission. The Military skills that may be assessed during Cambrian Patrol are:

Dismounted Close Combat Skills.
Orders Procedure.
Battlefield Casualty Drills (BCD). 
Counter – Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Drills (C-CBRN). 
Countering the Explosive Ordinance Threat (C-EO). 
Operational Law and Ethical Behaviour.  
Recognition of aircraft, vehicles, weapons, mines and other equipment. 
Obstacle Crossing Drills. 
Media Handling. 
Artillery Target and Emergency Close Air Support Procedures. 
Patrol Reporting and Radio Communications Skills.


The level of award will depend on the patrol completing all aspects of the exercise, in particular the mission phase. Awards are: 

Gold: 75% or more of the points available and no less than 65% on any single assessed task. 
Silver: 65-74% of the points available and no less than 55% on any single assessed task. 
Bronze: 55-64% of the points available. 
Certificate: Completed the exercise in the time allowed and scored less than 55% of the points available.

The date of Cambrian Patrol 2020

Cambrian Patrol 2020 has been cancelled.  Details of this activity will be posted here in September 2020.

Contact details

The initial point of contact for all entrants is the Cambrian Patrol WO on 94351 2280 / 01874 613280.



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