IWC thickening training area for in barracks training: March 2017
Further to supporting the 1 Armoured Infantry Sniper Concentration Course IWC® was asked to support in barracks training session on St Patrick’s Day 2017 assisting the Household Cavalry in practising their urban skills during an in camp exercise with FX Simunition.
Once again IWC was featured on Facebook, this time on video: First on the Household Cavalry’s own page and latterly shared by the Army page itself. With over 170,000 views in the first month online, clearly a hot topic with numerous comments highlighting the savings and benefits of on camp training.
The exercise was the culmination of a week-long refresher course, where the more junior soldiers and officers of the Household Cavalry were put through their paces by the experienced training team of Non-Commissioned Officers from the unit. The week began with the fundamentals of judgmental shoot training and eliciting the correct reaction to fire control orders. The week continued through communications and tactics culminating in room clearance drills through the barracks unoccupied accommodation blocks using FX Simunition or “MRTS”.
As part of a short-term lease service, IWC arrived on site at approximately 14.30 and the 36 inflatable training walls were deployed from a standard 3.5 tonne mobile operations vehicle. The design was finalised with the Household Cavalry Training Team and the works party were able to deploy, inflate and build the range building in approximately one hour. The troops were then instantly able to rehearse and train where previously was only a grass lawn. The above video being captured from an upstairs window overlooking the complex.
The walls thickened the area available to the troops allowing the senior NCO’s to enhance the realism and quality of the training, testing the skills and knowledge they had been working on during the week. All of the trainees were surprised about the robustness and rigidity of the walls given that they were “only inflatables” – they inspired confidence in the techniques they had been taught. After the exercise the walls were completely packed and removed in just 30 minutes allowing a thorough sweep of the area for empty cases and brass.