Op Toral: 2 YORKS Begin Training For Afghanistan Deployment

The Mission Training Mobilisation Centre have begun training up soldiers from 2 Yorks ahead of their deployment.

British soldiers in Catterick have had a taste of what they can expect from an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Personnel from 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment will be going to the country and among them, are three new recruits who only joined the Army five weeks ago.

Privates Kane Bottrill, Steven Goff and Callum Ramsay will be heading for Kabul.

Private Steven Goff said it has been tough as "the new kid on the block".

"We've been here for two or three weeks now, and we're getting to know everybody," he said.

It's the job of the Op Toral team from the Mission Training Mobilisation Centre, to deliver the training required for soldiers bound for Afghanistan.

Captain Rob Goatly said they have been equipping the recruits with knowledge about where they will be sleeping, what accommodation they can expect, what tasks they can be expected to do, and the more bespoke tactics and techniques that they will need to put into place to remain safe on tour.

"Our mission in that to ensure that we've done everything that we can to make sure they get to theatre and they can step off on the right foot," Capt Goatly said.

Private Kane Bottrill said it has been invaluable to learn more about the "very honourable culture" in Afghanistan, and the necessary study of Afghan conventions and etiquette.

From here on in the new boys will be guided by the Toral team right up until their final assurance test, to check they are truly ready to deploy.