Regiment troops learn jungle warfare
From sprucing up schools and learning new medical techniques to mastering the art of jungle warfare, it has been an intensive time for the Royal Bermuda Regiment.
More than 200 troops have put in a gruelling shift on their annual two-week training session in the Jamaican heat.
Jungle training included lessons in fieldcraft and warfare from the Jamaican Defence Force and British Army expert instructors, with troops taught how to live off the land, trapping, preparing and cooking animals in the wild, building shelters out of bamboo poles and branches and collecting water with whatever instruments they can find.
The trip also gave them the chance to hone their shooting skills on a firing range at Twickenham, the home of the Jamaican Constabulary Force’s training school, and experience a raft-up Jamaican style, on the Rio Grande river.
But the two weeks have not just been all about warfare training.
Regiment engineers have spent time painting the exterior and interior of the Drapers All Age School in Port Antonio, near their base for jungle training.
The regiment’s medics, meanwhile, teamed up with Jamaican Defence Force medical experts at Up Park Camp in Kingston, practising administering intravenous drips to patients and performing minor procedures such as removing fingernails from patients.
And the 24 musicians from the regiment Band and Corps of Drums joined forces with the Jamaica Military Band for public concerts, including one at historic Devon House in Kingston.
The two weeks of training stem from an ongoing partnership between the Jamaica Defence Force and the Regiment.
Private Jahmir Durham, a 21-year-old supermarket cashier from Devonshire who has been involved in the medical training, said: “Apart from the heat, it’s great. I’m learning new stuff every day.”
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