Dylan signs up for Summer Challenge

Intensive training: TA recruit Dylan Roy. Picture: submitted
Intensive training: TA recruit Dylan Roy. Picture: submitted

A Territorial Army recruit from Fraserburgh is being put through his paces in Edinburgh this summer as he takes part in the TA’s intensive five-week basic training course, the Exercise Summer Challenge 2011.

Dylan Roy (19) is one of 150 new recruits taking part in the exercise at Redford Cavalry Barracks in Edinburgh, with further training on nearby Castlelaw Ranges in the Pentland Hills.

Upon finishing the Challenge, Dylan will join B Company, 7 SCOTS, one of the Scottish TA units which forms 51 (Scottish) Brigade, which has its headquarters in Stirling.

Dylan is being put through his paces with a full-on five-week training syllabus encompassing weapons training, fitness, drill, navigation and more. He will also receive £1,200 when he completes the course.

In addition, Dylan will complete an enjoyable one-week adventurous training package in Aviemore, designed to encourage team building and to push recruits out of their civilian comfort zones.

This phase will include rock-climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, and hill walking.

Dylan commented: “I previously did 10 weeks regular training and recently decided to rejoin. I came to Summer Challenge to help get my fitness back up to scratch.

“It’s been brilliant; I’m loving it! I’m more experienced at the basic stuff, which is great because I can help the other guys.”

The exercise is being run by 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS) a TA battalion of over 300 reservist soldiers drawn from across central and southern Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Borders.

Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Platt, Commanding Officer of 6 SCOTS explained: “Five weeks is precious little time to turn a civilian into a trained TA soldier; the pace is inevitably fast and consequently challenging for both recruits and their instructors.

“Already, with just over a week in uniform, it is clear that Dylan is committed and progressing very well.

“TA personnel have a vital role in supporting operations and this training provides the foundation for them.”

To find out more about the TA Summer Challenge contact your local TA Unit – find it at www.army.mod.uk/join