Territorial Army soldiers from Calderdale were deployed to Italy on training exercises as the Army starts bolstering the reserve forces.
The project with the Italian Army, known as Exercise Roman Star, follows the recent Government announcement on troop reductions and a greater reliance on Reserve soldiers to integrate with the regular Army.
Reservists from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS) are the first to undertake the exercise which includes learning how to combine conventional warfare and close quarter combat with modern assault techniques some of which have been developed during operations in Afghanistan.
Halifax TA soldier Private Edward Shaw, aged 24, installs solar panels in his civilian life and joined the Reserves five years ago.
“I like all the training, the challenge it gives you, and the friends I have made,” said Pte Shaw who has also been on summer training camps to the USA, Canada, Germany and Scotland.
“Ultimately I would like to go on operations to see if everything I have learnt works, especially as we become more integrated.”
4 YORKS deployed 50 soldiers to Afghanistan on HERRICK 15, the majority of which were deployed in the Nad e-Ali area attached to 1 YORKS.
The Battalion also has 23 soldiers currently deployed on HERRICK 16, with the soldiers due to return home in October this year.