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Day 5 Soldiers conduct a battle exercise in a purpose built Afghan village mock-up. Once the soldiers from the 1st Mechanized Brigade arrive in Afghanistan, they undertake up to 7 days of in-theatre, training known as 'Reception Staging and Onward Integration' RSOI is a system designed to hep train, acclimatise and move soldiers to their deployed locations in Helmand. Topics covered during the training are counter-IED, health issues, cultural awareness and a host of other subjects. The training is long and tiring but is the best training prior to the experiences the soldiers are likely to face whilst on tour. Photographer - Cpl Si Longworth RLC (Army Photographer) NOTE TO DESKS: MoD release authorised handout images. All images remain crown copyright. Photo credit to read - Corporal Si Longworth RLC (Phot) Email: Richard Watt - 07836 515306 Shane Wilkinson - 07901 590723

British troops to train in jungle warfare in Sierra Leone

By Our Correspondent
Britain’s Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, on Saturday, announced that armed forces from Britain would train in jungle warfare alongside Sierra Leonean troops for the first time.
Fallon said more than 90 soldiers from Britain were being deployed alongside 25 soldiers from Sierra Leone for a jungle exercise to learn the skills to live and fight in that environment.
He added that the move underlined the breadth of Britain’s contribution across the African continent “because Britain’s focus on military support to Africa is strong.
“Two-thirds of Britain’s entire global short-term training team effort is invested in the continent, which equates to around 18,000 man days of training per year.”
According to him, training with Sierra Leonean forces is just the latest example of the UK stepping up globally to tackle international threats that put Britain at risk.
He noted that “at sea, Britain sent navy ships to support Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean to focus on tackling human smugglers and arms traffickers who endanger the lives of migrants seeking to travel to Europe, often from northern Africa.
“Britain is also playing a role stemming extremism in Africa, supporting security in the countries affected and in turn making Britain safer.”
Report says Britain also provides training to Tunisian forces in border security to prevent illegal movement from Libya.
British troops have continued to train Nigeria’s Armed Forces in the fight against Boko Haram.
Britain recently provided life-saving medical supplies to equip 5,000 Nigerian troops as they tackled the extremist group.

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