Split ATP this year, some chose to go to Cyprus, some chose Scotland, and the H18 cohort had no choice but to visit the Great Northern Desolation... The first week was range work i Barry Budden; starting off with eg. ACMT, then LMG and GPMG shoots. For maximum value the troops tabbed the 3-4 miles to and from the ranges each day with all the kit they'd need, which was useful of itself. Moved on to pairs F&M, ( Out of ammo? Fix swords!) then Fire Team and Section, then Platoon attacks - including live fire night attacks. From what I could see, individual skills improved rapidly. This was helped by the efforts of the PSIs who had high expectations of the troops and treated them accordingly. The current crop of PSIs are very, very good and highly experienced. http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/303860_10151246316525984_789104144_n.jpg http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/578628_10151247569750984_722844826_n.jpg http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/301343_10151247290620984_366401058_n.jpg http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/533775_10151247582265984_626116763_n.jpg http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/271178_10151246626055984_1049781437_n.jpg Nine nervous soldiers, one very nervous DS... After a week in Barry Budden ( has the cash machine ALWAYS deducted £10 from each cash amount dispensed?) we moved to the Jewel of the North, Garelochhead. This was to be five days in the field dealing with all the delightful weather that area has to offer. The exercising troops lived under their bashas and took part in numerous harbour occupations, recce patrols, platoon attacks, advance to contact and eventually a deliberate attack after a six - seven k insertion. The weather was pretty atrocious and the troops at all levels where thoroughly tested. http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298339_10151251440740984_1012339860_n.jpg The last but one attack was over ground that looks like the pictures I've seen of the Falklands - and as per SOPs, the enemy where always uphill.. http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/561868_10151254390320984_1328489727_n.jpg DS walking the ground.. http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/307727_10151254390805984_1163573808_n.jpg Sitting in on the Training Conferances each night meant that I was able to see the amount of thought, care and consideration that went into each phase of the exercise. It was hugely demanding of the troops; a few where physically broken; lower limb injuries in the main but I have no doubt that the level of skills and self-confidence of each and every one of the exercising troop has increased markedly.