On the afternoon of February 3rd in the New Pavilion, Radley hosted Captain Jack Barnes, Lieutenant Ed Van Der Lande, and Corporal of Horse Billy Elliot, from the Household Cavalry Regiment, one of the most senior regiments in the British Army. They have all previously served in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
They started talking about the two different roles of the regiment, operational and ceremonial. The operational side of the regiment included reconnaissance exercises, surveillance, gathering intelligence, and armoured combat. The Household Cavalry play a key ceremonial role at State Occasions, such as Trooping the Colour, the Order of the Garter, Remembrance Day and the State of Opening of Parliament.
They then spoke about the training exercises they have been doing recently at the BATUS base in Canada, which included battle training, tactical effect simulation and live firing. The Household Cavalry have also helped with the flooding in the last two years in the UK, by giving flooding aid and stemming the flow of the damage in flood affected areas.
Captain Barnes talked about their adventure-training programme, which consists of ski trips, Everest Rugby, scuba diving, and many other activities. To conclude the talk, they spoke about the qualities and requirements needed to be a troop leader. They stressed the need to be approachable and confident. But above all a good mental ability was, in their eyes, the key quality of being a successful troop leader.
Report and Picture by Freddie Grant, H Social 6.1
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