Life in the regiment
The Regiment is currently based at Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth, on the Wiltshire-Hampshire border. Situated on the edge of Salisbury Plain, which serves as the British Army’s primary training area within the United Kingdom. Many days are spent traversing the plain, mounted on our fleet of vehicles as we prepare for operations and exercises across the globe.
Training & Sport
It would be impossible to dictate a typical day of Regimental Duty, as life is constantly changing; depending largely on what task, operation or exercise a Squadron is billed against.
In camp, the day usually begins with PT, ranging from squad runs, tabs (weighted marches), circuits in the gym or combat focused ‘green’ PT. PT is closely curated by a SSgt from the PT Corps and his team of PTIs. This is done in great detail to ensure that the widest variety of training is achieved, whilst throwing in a healthy dose of competition and strain so as to test soldiers and their physical robustness. PT is usually conducted at the Squadron level.
Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to sports, in line with most other regiments and units across the armed forces. The KRH have always invested heavily in team sports, particularly football, with many Hussars representing the RAC and wider army teams. However, rugby, boxing, cricket, water polo, hockey, squash, cycling, shooting and athletics are to name but a few of the sports for which the Regiment produces both talented individuals and teams.
After PT, Squadrons will usually conduct any training or vehicle maintenance relevant to upcoming exercises or deployments. This may include firing personal weapons (including pistol and GPMG) lessons on communication systems, tactics lectures, medical training or career courses. Soldiers will initially focus on developing in their core roles as either Challenger 2 drivers or gunners, before learning to become operators (full crewman) and eventually individual tank commanders. However, there is a large variety of other vehicle platforms that must be crewed and soldiers will often find that they are trained on a number of platforms during their careers within the KRH. Squadrons will also find themselves frequently honing their mounted live fire skills down in Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire.
Since the start of 2021 the Regiment has steadily prepared itself for deployment to Estonia on Op CABRIT 11. The KRH has therefore incrementally increased the scale of its training from Squadron level on Salisbury Plain (BCS), to Battlegroup size in Castlemartin (Ex IRON STORM 2) and concluding with multinational level training in Poland on Ex DEFENDER 22. These exercises can be anything from a few days of basic training in the UK to several weeks–long deployments in other countries, working with allied and partner nations. During these exercises the KRH soldiers and their equipment are put through a variety of life like training scenarios, aimed at testing all capabilities that the KRH can offer.
In September 2022 the KRH deployed to Estonia as part of Operation CABRIT 11. Operation Cabrit is the name of the UK operational deployment to Estonia where British troops are leading a multinational battlegroup as part of the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP).
UK Armed Forces have a leading role in NATO’s eFP in the Baltic States, in order to enhance Euro-Atlantic security, reassure our Allies and deter our adversaries.
The eFP in the Baltic States is a deployment of robust, multinational, combat-ready forces to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a persistent, rotational basis.
British personnel rotate on a continuous basis alongside Danish, French, and host nation Estonian forces. The last time the Regiment deployed to Estonia was in 2018.
A particularly vital form of training at the KRH, which doesn’t include tracked vehicles or weapon handling, is adventurous training. This part of a soldier’s training is designed to take them out of their comfort zone and expose them to activities and challenges that they may never have experienced outside of the Army. These range from canoeing, kayaking, caving, freefall parachuting, gliding, mountaineering, mountain biking, offshore sailing, paragliding, alpine skiing, cross country skiing and scuba diving. These activities are organised by both officers and soldiers alike and run throughout the year, across the world. Many individuals discover new passions and go on to gain multiple qualifications through military funded schemes, enabling them to become instructors and expedition leaders.