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Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2024

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

The dates for Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2024 (CP24) are 4 to 13 October 2024, the CP24 DIN has been published and is available for online entries.  

Access will be via but UK Units can also access the DIN via SharePoint. For International entries, the Defence Attaché (DA)/Military Attaché (MA) have been sent the DIN therefore, interested patrols are to request a copy from their DA/MAs.

The Cambrian Patrol

The aim of CP24 is to provide a challenging World Class patrol 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 overseas military units.

The event has evolved into a cost effective, ready-made exercise that Commanding Officers can use to confirm 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 Battlecraft Syllabus (BCS) and Individual Training Requirement (ITR), in addition to physical and mental robustness and leadership.

Patrol Composition

Each patrol must have a support team comprising a non-participating patrol manager of at least the rank of Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) and a driver. There are no BCRs during the patrol. The composition of the patrol is to be (international patrol manning configuration will be based on each countries procedures):

  • Patrol Commander: SNCO / Warrant Officer (WO) (OR6-OR9) / Officer (OF1-OF2)
  • Patrol Second In Command: Junior Non Commissioned Officer (JNCO) (OR3-4)
  • Patrol Members: Six Private soldiers (OR1-2), this group may include at least one JNCO (OR3-4)

However, specialised units and international patrol composition will be considered on a case by case basis.

Assessment Criteria

Assessment commences at the drop off point and continues throughout until completion of the exercise. The military skills that may be assessed are:

  • Artillery Target and Emergency Close Air Support Procedures
  • Battlefield Casualty Drills (BCD/BLS)
  • Countering the Explosive Ordnance Threat (C-EO)
  • Counter–Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Drills (C-CBRN)
  • Dismounted Close Combat Skills
  • Leadership
  • Media Handling and Civil Engagement
  • Observation and Reconnaissance of an emery position
  • Obstacle Crossing Drills
  • Operational Law and Ethical Behaviour
  • Orders Procedure
  • Partner force assistance and mentoring
  • Patrol Reporting and Radio Communications
  • Physical and Mental Robustness
  • Recognition of friendly and enemy aircraft, vehicles, weapons, and equipment
  • Tactical conduct and Fieldcraft


Participating patrols that complete CP24 will earn an award in one of the following categories:

  • Gold: 75% or more of total available points and no less than 65% on any single assessed task.
  • Silver: 65 – 74% of total available points and no less than 55% on any single assessed task.
  • Bronze: 55 – 64% of total available points.
  • Certificate: Completed the event and scored less than 55% of total available points.

Contact details

The initial point of contact for all entrants is [email protected] 

The Cambrian Patrol WO can be contacted on 0300 154 5862.