Live Firing Tactical Training (LFTT) represents the closest simulation to real battlefield scenarios in conventional warfare. Pursuing to the end of nine-month rigorous training program, LFTT was as the final exercise for Recruit Intake 23. It was held over the period of 28th October 2023 to 3rd of November 2023.
On Saturday 28th of October 2023, all six platoons along with training team deployed to the Otterburn Training Area. The initial two days were designated as recreational weekend days at the camp as well as to prepare the ranges. We were deployed to allocated ranges, where individuals demonstrated resolute application of basic skills, executing ICQB cadence fire and manoeuvre, and clearing enemy positions with grenades and bayonets throughout the day.
The following day, another range was booked for fire team attack, conducted alongside our section commanders. Teams were well-prepared and destroyed the enemy positions aggressively and effectively. That evening, we geared up for fire team attack at night using the Laser Light Module and Helmet Mounted Night Vision Systems. Tracer rounds spewed off the rifle barrels towards the enemy positions like firecrackers, whilst fire teams consistently fired at the illuminated enemy position with the aid of para illum rockets. On the subsequent day, the challenging terrain pushed us further into enemy lines as we executed Section Attacks. A memorable stream at chest level tested our resolve.
The final day brought the ultimate challenge: deliberate orders from our Platoon Commanders for platoon attack at a forward operating base. Troop-carrying vehicles dropped us at our designated area, where Platoon Attack and ICQB engagements unfolded in the vast countryside, divided by a crossable river and woodblocks – a sight to behold. General Purpose Machine Gun gunners provided indomitable direct fire and support, complemented by now-trained riflemen demonstrating pure aggression and focus to secure the Platoon’s objectives.
By Trainee Rifleman Jayraj Rai, 1 (Tigris) Platoon