Fancy a trip to Belize?

#1
It seems 1 Rifles are looking for volunteers to go to Belize wth them on Exercise Tropical Storm from the 27th of February til the 5th of April.

R&R in Cancun, a bit of adventure training, and lots of interesting flora and fauna. What's not to like?

They're looking for people qualified as:

Infantry section rifleman.
SA(A) and (E) range qualifications.
CMT1 or CMT3 medics.
RLC Logistic Support Detachment.
C+E drivers.
RLC Ammo Tech.
REME Recovery Mech.
REME Armourer Class 1 or 3
Postal & Courier NCO.
Nursing Officer.
Environmental Health Team.
RLC Local Resources Cell NCO.
Jungle Warfare Visual Trackers.


So if you fancy doing something different ..................
 
#3
smudge67 said:
Will they take a civvy REME class 1 armourer??
You never know your luck. The contact details are on the front page of Armynet (under Army news).
 
#5
#6
Tartan_Terrier said:
It seems 1 Rifles are looking for volunteers to go to Belize wth them on Exercise Tropical Storm from the 27th of February til the 5th of April.

R&R in Cancun, a bit of adventure training, and lots of interesting flora and fauna. What's not to like?

They're looking for people qualified as:

Infantry section rifleman.
SA(A) and (E) range qualifications.
CMT1 or CMT3 medics.
RLC Logistic Support Detachment.
C+E drivers.
RLC Ammo Tech.
REME Recovery Mech.
REME Armourer Class 1 or 3
Postal & Courier NCO.
Nursing Officer.
Environmental Health Team.
RLC Local Resources Cell NCO.
Jungle Warfare Visual Trackers.


So if you fancy doing something different ..................
Dear god...
 
#7
Tartan_Terrier said:
It seems 1 Rifles are looking for volunteers to go to Belize wth them on Exercise Tropical Storm from the 27th of February til the 5th of April.

R&R in Cancun, a bit of adventure training, and lots of interesting flora and fauna. What's not to like?

They're looking for people qualified as:

Infantry section rifleman.
SA(A) and (E) range qualifications.
CMT1 or CMT3 medics.
RLC Logistic Support Detachment.
C+E drivers.
RLC Ammo Tech.
REME Recovery Mech.
REME Armourer Class 1 or 3
Postal & Courier NCO.
Nursing Officer.
Environmental Health Team.
RLC Local Resources Cell NCO.
Jungle Warfare Visual Trackers.


So if you fancy doing something different ..................
Call me old fashioned, but shouldn't they have a shed load of these already :?
 
#10
Honestly I'm surprised they're not knocking people back. Or is training in Belize really, really hard? I guess it was called the Mosquito Coast.
 
#11
Social_Handgrenade said:
They're looking for people qualified as:

Infantry section rifleman.
Call me old fashioned, but shouldn't they have a shed load of these already :?
On one of last year's TS, there were 2 entire platoons composed of non-infanteers, from RAF to Int Corps. They did very well, it would appear.
 
#12
A Class 3 armourer did I read? Sure you didn't mean 2 at all? If it is indeed 3 I'd jump at the chance if I wasn't knee deep in our 6 monthlys :(
 
#13
Proximo said:
Social_Handgrenade said:
They're looking for people qualified as:

Infantry section rifleman.
Call me old fashioned, but shouldn't they have a shed load of these already :?
On one of last year's TS, there were 2 entire platoons composed of non-infanteers, from RAF to Int Corps. They did very well, it would appear.
No change then. I went out to Belize for three weeks in the very early 90s, as an Ex Umpire for the RHF's Ex ?Mayan Sword? Our company had a fourth platoon, of King's Royal Hussars IIRC (unfortunately a few of them died in a truck accident just before I arrived). No apparent difference to this STAB infantry type.

One week of exercise, two weeks of, errr, acclimatisation either side on Ambergris Caye, getting to PADI Open Water Diver for the princely sum of £100 or so, all inclusive - and £6 a night accommodation because the bloke at the "hotel" was spliffed out of his skull and couldn't multiply when he did a quote. Somehow my Training Major persuaded my firm that my trip was vital to the security of the free world, and I didn't have to do it as unpaid leave, so I got paid twice.

It's trips like that which keep you in, long after they happen. Actually, I got what must surely be the last "b*stard tree" thorn out of my thigh two years ago...
 
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blindfire

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No change then. I went out to Belize for three weeks in the very early 90s, as an Ex Umpire for the RHF's Ex ?Mayan Sword? Our company had a fourth platoon, of King's Royal Hussars IIRC (unfortunately a few of them died in a truck accident just before I arrived). No apparent difference to this STAB infantry type.

One week of exercise, two weeks of, errr, acclimatisation either side on Ambergris Caye, getting to PADI Open Water Diver for the princely sum of £100 or so, all inclusive - and £6 a night accommodation because the bloke at the "hotel" was spliffed out of his skull and couldn't multiply when he did a quote. Somehow my Training Major persuaded my firm that my trip was vital to the security of the free world, and I didn't have to do it as unpaid leave, so I got paid twice.

Was Mayan Sword in 1990 and Toucan Blade in 1991 - biggest skives known to mankind at the time :D
 
#15
blindfire said:
Was Mayan Sword in 1990 and Toucan Blade in 1991 - biggest skives known to mankind at the time :D
If you were in the Rapier positions around APC then it is highly likely I assaulted you :D . I was a Pl Comd in the Resident Bn at the time.

Got to love those Pina Coladas...
 
#16
After seeing what they are asking for, ive a feeling when people turn up, their going to find themselves somewhere hot but on the otherside of the world.

Free trip to Belize sir,here you go,osprey is needed to stop jungle leeches you know.
 
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blindfire

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#17
exXIX said:
blindfire said:
Was Mayan Sword in 1990 and Toucan Blade in 1991 - biggest skives known to mankind at the time :D
If you were in the Rapier positions around APC then it is highly likely I assaulted you :D . I was a Pl Comd in the Resident Bn at the time.

Got to love those Pina Coladas...
Yes that was us but our site was miles away - nobody attacked us hehe
But heard plenty of action near the airfield.
In fact on the last day we had a battle amongst ourselves cos we were bored - I won cos I had the gimpy :D :D

Was out in the jungle with your lads - recce platoon - good laugh
 
#18
exXIX said:
Got to love those Pina Coladas...
Ahhh, Ambergris Caye, banana coladas two for the price of one, getting pissed in a group which included some RLC bloke who was absolutely convinced that you couldn't catch AIDS through "straight sex" - and who was trying to chat up the least subtle hooker on the planet (although the 3BW bloke whose job in the NHS involved sitting on an HIV committee was getting progressively more irate at his stupidity).

blindfire said:
Was Mayan Sword in 1990 and Toucan Blade in 1991 - biggest skives known to mankind at the time :D
We got to the accommodation, headed for a shower, just in time to hear the BDF Islander going overhead with its guns blazing - and realised that the DS Pink we'd been posted wasn't for the exercise we were actually there to umpire. An hour or two later, I was hitching a lift to visit a Mayan ruin with a red-bereted paymaster type who'd managed to blag a landrover.

The next day we signed out all of our kit from the friendliest RQMS on the planet (FFS, she let us loose in the gizzit store!), and promptly got told by the RHF that if we stayed on camp we were going to be dragooned into the remainder of the exercise. So we pissed off to the beach (being careful to get out the main gate by 8am, because that's when the pink said the proxy bomb was turning up).

IIRC, Mayan Sword was the KP defence ex, and Toucan Blade was the "let's all sod off into the countryside and chase Marines for a week" that followed immediately afterwards.
 
#19
Ambergris Caye - San Pedro! Ramones 'Dive Lodge'. It's an up-market hotel now. Back in the '70s, pre-independence, the entire area was pretty ramshackle - the site of an 'Island Survival' course for the resident infantry battalion and a remote terminus for the Hippy Trail, also a rendezvous for rich Texan fishermen. One could almost picture Hemingway there such was the atmosphere/

Old Belize hands may also remember Blancaneaux Lodge (an excellent ENDEX RV for the resident units and RN survival courses) at Scottish lookout
on Mountain Pine Ridge, a small hotel run, in the early '80s anyway, by a very weird German couple the woman was a fox but her husband Peter was mad - perhaps induced by his wife's 'roving eye'........ Francis Ford Coppola bought the place in, IIRC, the mid to late '80s as a 'jungle hideaway'.

I'd volunteer in a flash to take another trip down the Humming Bird Highway - my tracking skills haven't diminished - though I'd have to renew the prescription on my glasses - signs are not immediately apparent in ones 60s - and maybe someone to carry my kit....
 

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