Do you remember the days when BAOR regiments used to send teams back to the UK on the Cambrian March Patrol competition? We initially thought that it was a ruse to get a few days back in the Motherland, until we saw the actual details of the challenge – at which point our envy of those taking part turned to utmost respect! Here is the Army press release about this year’s competition. TMT
Army press release
Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL is the premier patrolling event of the British Army which is held in Wales and hosted by Headquarters 160th (Welsh) Brigade, 11-20 October 2019.
The Cambrian Patrol
The aim of The Cambrian Patrol is to provide a challenging patrols exercise in order to enhance operational capability.
The Cambrian Patrol is run on an annual basis with applications accepted from all three Services (Regular and Reserve Forces), and a variety of overseas military units.
The event has evolved into a cost-effective, ready-made exercise that Commanding Officers can use to test the basic training standards of their soldiers, in preparation for future operations. It is mission focused and scenario-based, with role players used to enhance the training benefit. We seek to encourage wider participation from across all the arms and services and stress that the entry standards are not based on any specialist skills but on MATTs.
Each patrol is to have a non-participating Patrol Manager and driver and the composition of the patrol is to be:
Ptl Comd: Offr (OF Grade 1-2)/WO/SNCO (OR Grade5-7).
Ptl 2IC: JNCO (OR Grade 3-4)
6 x Ptes/OR1-2: This group may include no more than one x JNCO (OR Grade 3-4).
However, specialised units and international squad make-up will be considered on a case by case basis.
Cambrian Patrol is a Mission and Task Orientated exercise. The fundamental criteria used to assess the performance of the patrol is by determining whether or not it completes the various tasks and achieves its Mission. This is assessed by awarding marks for:
Military skills (approx 70% of total marks)
Orders (approx 15% of total marks)
Debrief (approx 15% of total marks)
The other military skills that may be assessed during Cambrian Patrol are:
Dismounted Close Combat Skills
Obstacle crossing drills
First aid and CasEvac procedures
Recognition of aircraft, vehicles and equipment
Captured persons (CPERS) Handling
Radio communications skills
Artillery Target Indication procedures
Working with vehicles.
Cambrian Patrol 2019
The date for Cambrian Patrol 2019 will be from the 11-20 Oct 2019. The DIN will be released on 3 February/or on the first Monday after 3 February each year.
The initial point of contact for all entrants is the Cambrian Patrol WO on 94351 2280 / 01874 613280.
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