Record first all-volunteer camp
The Royal Bermuda Regiment's commanding officer is gearing up to welcome a record-breaking number of volunteers for his last recruit camp.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Foster-Brown, who will be handing over command to Major David Curley in February, said he was “thrilled to be leaving on a high with among other things the first ever all-volunteer recruit camp”.
A total of 64 recruits — 48 men and 16 women — are expected to start their training at Warwick Camp tomorrow morning. They are the first recruits to join the newly designated Royal Bermuda Regiment, which was awarded the title as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in September last year.
Col Foster-Brown said this year's number of volunteers exceeded last year's record of 61 volunteers out of 115 recruits.
He added that the RBR had been able to reduce its intake to a minimum of 50 recruits because more soldiers were choosing to stay on after their minimum three years of service. And the smaller number of recruits means that there will only be two platoons instead of three.
“Our aim, as with the wider Regiment, is to build soldiers up, not break them down, so they will have a busy but rewarding two weeks of training while they make the transition from civilian to trained soldier,” Col Foster-Brown told The Royal Gazette.
“Throughout there will be an emphasis on teamwork, which is encouraged through section and platoon competition and sport.
“The recruits will be trained on the new SA80-A2 weapons which we received in the summer from the United Kingdom.”
The programme includes shooting, fieldcraft and drill, as well as fitness and military skills. Recruits will also spend an extra night deployed in the field this year.
Col Foster-Brown added: “As with the last two years, we will be posting periodic video updates on our website so that families and supporters of the recruits can follow their progress.”