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Core Recovery Events

Core Recovery Events (CRE) are key developmental activities that wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel undertake during their recovery. They have been designed to engage individuals in their recovery and through a holistic approach encourage WIS personnel to focus positively on their potential outcome.

All soldiers who are suffering from a medium to long-term wounding, injury or sickness will need to attend a series of between three and five mandatory courses to assist their recovery. The courses are designed to support the recovery process and include adaptive sports and adventure training as well as classroom-based training in finances, work placements and CV writing. While the courses are mandatory, there is latitude where courses are not relevant to the individual when discussed with their Personnel Recovery Officer or unit.

Soldiers are booked on to the courses by their unit. Application forms and Joining Instructions are on the Defence Intranet.

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The Multi-Activity Course (MAC) is a five day course held at the Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall that uses sports and adventure training to aid recovery. The course focuses on what the individual can do rather than what they can’t, and as a result aims to increase self confidence and motivation with increased awareness and development strategies to cope with future situations.
During MAC, wounded, injured and sick soldiers will take part in a range of adaptive sports and adventurous training such as indoor climbing, seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball, caving, watersports and more. These activities can be continued at a number of the Personnel Recovery Centres.
Soldiers will be booked on to the MAC by their Personnel Recovery Officer once they have completed the induction course.

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