Stop, Look, Listen, Think...

Expect the unexpected – that's the motto drilled into soldiers every time they head out on patrol whilst on operations. 
The potential dangers are unlike anything soldiers will have experienced before. Training is a vital part of every soldier's and officer's professional development in the Army. There are different types and levels of training within the Army, from the moment you join and carry out Basic Training to learning a trade through Initial Trade Training to ongoing professional development undertaken through Subsequent Trade Training.

Putting new skills to the Test
MST (Mission Specific Training) is the final part of training bringing together all the skills that soldiers have learnt during all of their general training. This rigorous programme is designed to replicate a range of scenarios they might face on operations, ensuring that they are well prepared and well equipped. It covers everything from what to expect from the enemy to how to operate specific equipment. Soldiers are also given foreign language, medical and cultural training skills, practice live-firing drills and realistic battle scenarios. It's one thing being taught the theory but quite another to take it all in and put it into practice. Finally, a week-long exercise tests how much they have taken on board.

Always on the Alert
The crucial thing is to stay alert, as whatever their role, when they're on patrol each soldier is always surveying the scene. It's can be a painstakingly slow process, but everyone understands the need to do things properly - lives can depend on it.

Ready for anything
During training, the soldiers have to practise again and again until it becomes second nature, and then they can move on to the next stage. It needs to be a drill, so that if something does happen on operations, every soldier on that patrol knows exactly what they must do.

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