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recently been promoted, commands our Rifle Platoon and, due to all the courses he has completed in the last year, must be one of the most qualified Lieutenants in the British army. The Company has spent the best part of the end of this training year recruiting and training. WO2 Phillips heads the Recruit, Retention and Training Team which has two additions in ADC Recruiters CSgt Buchanan and Sgt Maher who spend every waking hour recruiting for the Company.


Training


The Company has just planned and completed a live firing exercise at Warcop which involved firing and conducting various ranges including L109 Grenades, .50 Cal HMG, 40mm Grenade Machine Gun, 9mm Pistol Browning, SA80 A2, L96 Sniper Rifle and 12 Gauge Shotgun. We invited employers to the weekend so that they would have a chance to see what their employees get up to with the TA: most did not realise that we trained to such a high standard and it made them appreciate the transferable skills that TA soldiers have to offer them. Annual Camp 2008 took place in Kazakhstan in September where 4 MERCIAN undertook the challenge of teaching the Kazakhstan Army so that they can become part of NATO. It took two weeks with a variety of low level tactics lessons ranging from VCPs to Camp Security. The Battalion also had a chance to visit Almaty to sample the local culture during their visit. The Company has tried to keep its courses and promotions plot going with soldiers continuing to complete career courses, both Junior and Senior. Since being posted to us, Lt Roberts has attended and passed PCBC, Range Qualification Courses 1 - 3 and 4 - 5 and a Demolitions course. Numerous other courses have been attended by members of the Company over this past year and many more are planned for the year ahead, vacancies permitting.


The Company, as always, maintains its sense of humour, which is most important and, if it gets too much and if any member of the Company is “Army’d out”, we have a Curry Night or just go back to our real jobs for that reality check.


Lt Constable leads his team on the March and Shoot at Warcop


CSM Johnson & B Coy soldiers enjoying Kazakstan 88 October 2009


The RSM with soldiers from A (Fusilier) and E(Rifles) Coys The Mercian Eagle


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