Bulford soldiers get back to training with social distancing

Bulford soldiers get back to training with social distancing

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:10am 21st July 2020.

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Troops from 5 Rifles have been out on Salisbury Plain preparing for deployment to Estonia, but making sure it's also Covid secure.

More than 300 soldiers have spent nearly three weeks on exercise on their home turf as part of their Operation Cabrit training.

This latest exercise follows other 'live firing training packages' in Wales.

5 Rifles Battlegroup Operation Cabrit training Salisbury Plain July 2020
Soldiers have been training on Salisbury Plain in recent weeks

SOCIAL DISTANCING ON EXERCISE

In order to keep the troops safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, while also continuing their vital work, special measures were put in place throughout the training.

The soldiers were separated out into 'households and cohorts' - which work a bit like bubble classes within schools.

5 Rifles Battlegroup Operation Cabrit training Salisbury Plain July 2020
The training involved 'clearing obstacles' - whatever they might be!

The Rifleman were buddied up with their colleagues from the Tidworth based Queen's Royal Hussars and Sappers from Perham Down's 22 Engineer Regiment.

The soldiers from each armoured vehicle then live and work together during the exercise, without mixing with others.

5 Rifles Battlegroup Operation Cabrit training Salisbury Plain July 2020
The troops have been social distancing during their training to protect them from Covid-19

That means when the troops break for food, each 'household and cohorts' will stay together and remain as a group when they get back to work.

The latest phase of training has seen the soldiers practising scenarios like clearing a minefield or obstacles, or infantry attacking enemy positions.

It's all part of their 'readiness' training, with the battlegroup assessed to make sure they're ready for deployment to Estonia later this year.

5 Rifles Battlegroup Operation Cabrit training Salisbury Plain July 2020
The 'households and cohorts' systems means each armoured vehicle team sticks together during training

The work in Estonia is part of NATO's 'enhanced forward presence' in the Baltic region.

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