Support Company, The First Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, deployed on Exercise MEDICINA WARRIOR 5 for two weeks to refresh and maintain their basic drills through live-fire tactical training on Salisbury Plain training area.
This exercise was especially designed to remind and revise all the basic drills for the troops and to familiarise the new members of Support Company with the specialist weapons that the Company has available. The exercise was divided into two phases; the first phase was for the individual weapon system (SA80), and the second was training with the Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) and Grenade Machine Gun (GMG).
During the first phase troops conducted individual fire and manoeuvre drills in different scenarios. They learned to advance through the battlefield, using the correct drills and how to withdraw without taking casualties. Once they became more confident, they were tested night so see how they operated in the dark. After a few practises the company was ready for next level, which was pairs fire and manoeuvre and fireteam fire and manoeuvre. The most challenging part of this phase was attacking with fire support from the General Purpose Machine Gun on sustained fire mode and overhead fire. For some soldiers it was their first time fighting in such a disorienting environment, but it provided a fantastic learning opportunity to improve their low-level skills.
The second phase was held on Lulworth Training Area. It was a great opportunity for all the new members of Support Company to get hands on with new weapon systems, the HMG and GMG. They did a Platform shoot from vehicles, firing at various. By practising their drills several times, the standard of weapon handling and words of command improved signicantly. This exercise refreshed our basic skills and taught us new tactics.
By Rifleman Sanjog Sunuwar, The First Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles