DIE (directive infantry employment) takes a TA infantry soldier about 18 months to complete. It mainly consists of all the appropriate training needed to deploy to a regular battalion after mobilisation such as FOB routine, medical training, various weapons WHT and ranges including quite a few 2 week battle camps and weekend exercises that were quite a graft in terms of fitness and determination. Looking back on the 18 months some exercises were in fact quite bone and pointless e.g taking and holding a trench system under constant attack in decemember. However it has help me In a big way in terms of skills and drills also fitness to blend in to a normal regular unit. You could even say slightly better than the typical tom. DIE has been a big step forward in commitment and training of the TA and I hope it continues to be used and improved for the other guys who deploy in the future. I have completed 2 confirmatory exercises with my regular unit and to be honest I have done much harder exercises and battle camps in the die package then what I had to do for a tick in the box to go to a war zone with my unit. Thanks to all units who provided Ds and training for the DIE package.