Hundreds of army reservists in Norfolk to train for UN peace keeping mission

Who would you rather have treating your catastrophic leg amputation, an MO who has spent most of their career treating STDs in an infantry battalion or a professor of emergency medicine at a teaching hospital?
the Med reserves will have far more experience of the actual job than regulars, a fairly unique circumstance in the military in general
To that end - most Medics we had in our Infantry AR unit were proper full-time Paramedics anyhow - often arriving in barracks in their green NHS rig only to quickly get changed into their camo MTP rig.

I'd rather be treated in an Emergency by a part-time Reserve Medic who does this for a living, than a full-time Regular Medic who's claim to fame was coming tops on his Class 1 in Keo Barracks (no disrespect to the many out there who have deployed and / or done great things in terrible situations).

These civilian professionals often really do bring some great qualities to the the military indeed as Reservists, and I for one much appreciate and commend them.
 
To that end - most Medics we had in our Infantry AR unit were proper full-time Paramedics anyhow - often arriving in barracks in their green NHS rig only to quickly get changed into their camo MTP rig.

I'd rather be treated in an Emergency by a part-time Reserve Medic who does this for a living, than a full-time Regular Medic who's claim to fame was coming tops on his Class 1 in Keo Barracks (no disrespect to the many out there who have deployed and / or done great things in terrible situations).

These civilian professionals often really do bring some great qualities to the the military indeed as Reservists, and I for one much appreciate and commend them.
One of the medics held in highest regard was a teeny female who was also a Met Police firearms cop. She was out with 5 RIFLES when they got a battering.

She's now become a paramedic ( you'll know who I mean, RGJ...)
 

foxs_marine

War Hero
Most people would rather have uncle Rolf square them away for bath time than have BB as DS.
Most people would be missing out on some quality training then. All the DS for my intake were of a high standard.
 

Just_plain_you

War Hero
I remember reading somewhere that NHS staff are automatically viable for military service, in times of war etc? Not seen it mentioned often though so an urban myth?
Only in as much as the hospitals will be emptied of their usual patients in the event of a proper war.
 
Most people would rather have uncle Rolf square them away for bath time than have BB as DS.
In fairness Dwight David Eisenhower didn’t go to France he stayed at home while others fought, didn’t stop him interwar or eventually handing over the big chair to another war vet
 
Published by: ITN, on 02 February 2020.

Hundreds of army reservists in Norfolk to train for UN peace keeping mission.

Hundreds of army reservists have been in Norfolk to mark the start of their training for a UN peace keeping mission in Cyprus.
It's the British Army's largest ever deployment of the Army Reserve in a single, formed unit under its own command.
7th Battalion The RIFLES is the Reserve Infantry Battalion of London and the South and today at a special ceremony soldiers got to wear their Blue Berets for the first time.


The Battalion is comprised of 500 part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds and has bases in London, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire and they are conducting their training at the STANTA Training Area in Thetford before they take up their duties on April 1st 2020 for 6 months.

The soldiers are from both the 7th and 5th battalions. The Battlegroup is 7 RIFLES led but there is a mix of approximately 60% 7 RIFLES and 40% 5 RRF (Royal Regiment of Fusiliers).


The battlegroup will be based at Thetford, in Norfolk, for around two months of pre-deployment training (PDT), which will see them learn and practice the skills they need to keep the peace on Cyprus’ Green Line.


Cyprus became a divided island in 1974 following an extended period of tension and violence between the Greek and Turkish communities. The British soldiers’ mission will see them patrol the no-man’s-land between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish north to ensure that both sides continue to abide by the terms of the ceasefire agreement.

Approximately 240 ( . . . from a total of 500 in training ?!) Reservists will be deployed - the first time a fully formed Reservist unit will be operationally deployed under Army 2020.

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chrisg46

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I think it’s more accurate to say that this is the first reservist unit deployed to Cyprus under Army 2020.
 

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