TA Reservist Soldier on Exercise in Italy
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A Territorial Army reservist soldier with the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS) is pictured in Italy during a training exercise.
As the Army looks to draw down its forces in Afghanistan and retrain to combat the new security threats facing the world, TA soldiers from the North East are in Italy learning how to adapt to the changing nature of conflict.
The new training exercise with the Italian Army, known as Ex Roman Star, follows the Government announcement on troop reductions and a greater reliance on reserve soldiers to integrate with the regular Army.
It is the first of a series of new overseas exercises for the reserves who will need to double in numbers to meet the demands of the Army 2020 structure to reshape the Service.
Reservists from 4 YORKS are the first to undertake the exercise which will train them how to prepare for, and execute an attack on a property occupied by terrorists.
The attack will include a helicopter assault with the Italian Army providing the air assets. Building up to this, they will learn how to combine conventional warfare and close quarter combat with modern assault techniques some of which have been developed during the operation in Afghanistan.
Photographer: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC
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