Scotland

Business Trip With A Difference: 7 SCOTS Reservists Take On Training Camp

Members of the battalion will be on exercise with regular troops later in the year.

Reservists from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland are sharpening their soldiering skills on a two-week training camp.

Soldiers from 7 SCOTS are leading the Cadre - which aims to bring them up to speed ahead of an exercise with regular troops later in the year.

As a reserve battalion, they face the difficulties of juggling their Army commitments with their day job and home life.

Reservists from 7 SCOTS practice mortar fire drills
The two-week training camp helps the 7 SCOTS reservists stay ready.

The battalion went to Barry Buddon Training Area in east Scotland for an intense period of training, aiming to keep their skills sharp and themselves ready.

They practised mortar fire drills as well as training on the ranges with general purpose machine guns.

Reservists from 7 SCOTS assemble general purpose machine guns
As a reserve battalion, members of 7 SCOTS face the difficulties of juggling their Army commitments with their day job and home life.

Lance Corporal Dale Crawford said:

"I do try and do as much as I can, each year. It is something I do enjoy doing. It is quite important to me.

"I do try and make sure I can explain to my employers I'm interested in this."

With companies based from Inverness in the Highlands all the way down to Dumbarton - just outside Glasgow, chances for this kind of training can be few and far between.

For Lance Corporal Duncan Kidd, the battalion's progress is clear to see:

"We've only been at it for three days. It's quite a lot of information to take in straight away, but the more hands on the equipment, the better you get at it - it's like any other course.

"It's quite complicated, quite daunting to start with, but we're getting there slowly but surely."

Reservists from 7 SCOTS practice on the firing range
Reservists from the Royal Regiment of Scotland maintaining their skills at the firing range.

Sergeant Kevin Bradford explains the significance of the exercise:

"We're doing an exercise later on this year with 3 SCOTS where we're going to be bolstering on to the side of them.

"From the Signals side of things, it's really important for them to carry on and be at the same level as the regular soldiers are."