The Gunnery package offered an exciting change of scene for a large cohort of Lancers only used to UK ranges, and we were able to make the transition from technical to tactical gunnery. Most importantly it provided the time and resources to build our soldiers’ confidence in their equipment and their training.
By spending more time on our vehicles and linking live and virtual training under a BGHQ deployed under-armour, the team have had the space and time to make mistakes, to learn, and to share and consolidate experiences.
Alongside this training, we also enjoyed the wider experience that Germany offers – with many Lancers being able to get away skiing (of sorts) in Bavaria and enjoying Battlefield studies in Minden and Berlin
Our return from Germany saw our preparations continue, not least as BGHQ deployed on Salisbury Plain alongside the RDG, 5 RIFLES and 1 MERCIAN to undergo a test of our staff planning and command elements. However, it was on this exercise that we were recalled back to Catterick to prepare to assist with the Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from military training, we have had a positive sporting period. For the second time in two years, a Lancer has been part of an Atlantic Rowing team; Capt. Alex Walsh, who represents us at The Army Foundation College, Harrogate as Operations Officer, completed the arduous Trans-Atlantic row in 37 days. In parallel, the Regiment conducted a 24 hr charity row to raise some extra money – as we did in Cyprus two years ago.
5 Lancers have represented RAC rugby this season, with 4 players and 1 coach in their tense 31-30 cup final victory against The Army Medical Corps.
It has also been a hugely successful year for our Winter Sports Teams as we were one of two RAC Regiments to reach the Army Championships for both Alpine and Nordic Skiing. The Nordic Team struck gold with LCpl Fletcher being crowned the Under-21 Champion and earning a place in the Army Development Squad. Our downhill skiers also proved they were equal to their Nordic counterparts – with the team finishing 8th in the entire Army. In the individual competition, Capt. Will Cave finished the season as the Army's 8th best skier. Away from the slopes, we can now boast of an Inter-Services Champion as Capt. Rob Gardner stormed to 1st place in his first ever meet for the Army Orienteering Team.