Scotland

5 SCOTS Conducts Section Attack Drills During Live-Fire Training

Soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland’s ceremonial unit have been sharpening their infantry skills on the Barry Buddon ranges.

Soldiers from 5 SCOTS are getting in some final live-firing training before heading off on their festive leave. 

Although primarily the Royal Regiment of Scotland’s ceremonial unit, Balaklava Company has been sharpening its infantry skills.

The year 2020 has been a busy one, with personnel involved with mobile testing units for coronavirus, but now it's back to basics with low-level drills and skills.

The regiment has been practising its shooting on the ranges of Barry Buddon near Dundee, doing attack drills, where Forces News joined them to get an insight into what it's like for their section commanders.  

Lance Corporal Darren Wynne outlined how the regiment was being put through its paces and what they were getting out of it.

"There is a lot of stuff going on out there, there’s a lot of noise, a lot of battle noise, a lot of rounds going off... grenades, whatever it is," he said.

"But you, as the section commander, need to take that step back, have a Condor moment and then have a battle pic of what you’ve got in front of you and then reassess and then launch the guys into the battle.

"When you’re constantly doing it, constantly learning the basics all the time and constantly going over your head, over your head and rehearsing it, rehearsing it, the guys get back into it, so it's quite good to get back into this role again," he added.

Section commander Lance Corporal Steven Dunnett stressed the importance of the training for the men under his command.

"Well, you don’t know what’s around the corner, it could be anything," he said.

"3 SCOTS are about to deploy, they could ask us at any point to maybe backfill and... then when we go onto exercises we’ve got to be up to speed."