Hi, I just wondered how many times a month regular infantry battalions or companies go on exercises, I know the reserves probably do one proper exercises a month.
Oh, ok then. Exercises at sub-unit level may be twice yearly, Mon-Fri if you're lucky. Sat-Sat if you're not.
There may be a Regt/Bn exercise annually if there is:
1. Money in the pot.
2. Enough vehicles available from Ashchurch.
3. Enough rat packs in the stores.
4. Enough blank to give everyone 2 rounds each. (True story. Happened to me frequently in the REME).
Basically, some minor league stuff will happen but, unless you're in the frame for BATUS, not a vast amount. Not these days anyway.
Meh. This is from the REME perspective but attached to various Arty units it was true up to a few years ago.Zoinks - honestly?
Sometimes in the 90's, it seemed like we could be away half the year, especially if you were the type that put your hand up.
3/4 sqn/regimental exercises. I don't know why we bothered with these because we never actually did anything or moved anything. Just moved in, scrimmed up and moved again in a day or two. Rinse and repeat for 3 weeks.
Generally, we'd do at least one BATUS and a couple of firing camps at Hone, plus anything big like Ulan Eagle, plus support for other people's exercises which may or may not see us under scrim - most often not.