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Scots Guards in international combat training competition

As part of its month-long deployment to South Korea for Exercise Imjin Warrior, C Company 1st Battalion, the Scots Guards, was invited to compete in the inaugural Korean International Combat Training Competition (KI-CTC).

It saw over 180 personnel from around the world, including the UK, USA, Korea, Thailand and Cambodia, conduct multiple training scenarios across both urban and mountainous terrain to test their skills.

Unlike other infantry skills competitions familiar to the British Army, such as Exercise Cambrian Patrol, KI-CTC sets two allied forces against each other in competition.

This unique framework is intended to enable the nations to share each other's strengths and weaknesses in a challenging yet rewarding environment.

Captain Hugh Dingwall, platoon commander of the British Army Team, said:

"This training exercise is like nothing we would normally experience in the UK. The opportunity to compete against allies such as the USA in a force-on-force environment is unique and something that was incredibly rewarding."

"This training exercise is like nothing we would normally experience in the UK. The opportunity to compete against allies such as the USA in a force-on-force environment is unique and something that was incredibly rewarding." Captain Dingwall, Scots Guards.

In true Korean style, the KI-CTC started with a captivating opening ceremony. Teams and honoured guests were treated to an impressive display of synchronised helicopter flypasts, military drill, and an unforgettable jujitsu demonstration.

Commander of the Korean Combat Training Centre, Lieutenant General Park, addressed all competitors by emphasising the importance of utilising the opportunity to learn from each other.

"Peace is not free, it only comes from hard realistic training. The KI-CTC will enable learning between partners and allies to share best practice and learn from each other."

As well as the competing nations, other countries including India, Australia, and Norway sent special representatives to observe the event.

While the competition does not declare an official winner, the Scots Guards received an award for exceptional contribution to international cooperation.