Annual Camp is a feature of Reserve life. As part of their commitment to the British Army our Reservists attend a 2 week ‘camp’ that typically runs from the Friday night of one weekend to the Sunday 15 days later. Each regiment puts on its own camp that may focus on an aspect of what it delivers to the Army. Alternative camps may be career or trade/skill courses. Last year’s camp in Romania focussed on our artisan and construction skills. This year in line with the wider Army’s ‘Back to Basics’ policy we’ve been brushing up on our soldiering skills. Now, on camp, we’re refreshing our RE skills.
This includes combat engineering, plant operating, communications and driving. Officers and seniors (Sergeants and above) will be practicing route and water point reconnaissance, maybe that will be included on the confirmatory exercise to follow next week? Remember the Royal Engineers assist the Army to Live and Move as well as Fight. We will also be reliant on our attached arms. Clerks running administration and pay whilst the chefs feed us (very important!). Our medics haven’t been busy thankfully, nothing beyond a sharp eye and providing training and reassurance!
Colonel Nicholson OBE, commander of 25 (Close Support) Engineer Group also visited. He saw how training was progressing and also took the opportunity to deliver a commendation for one of our stalwarts Captain Norgrove. His contribution to the unit has been huge and it’s great to see this recognised.
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