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It's All Done With Military Precision

Workers at a Huddersfield engineering firm swapped tools for guns and the shopfloor for wild moorland at a weekend exercise run by the army.

Three staff from Lepton-based Reliance Precision took part with other organisations from across the region in a demanding three-day challenge held on Catterick Training Area near Richmond, North Yorkshire.

It involved working in teams on a variety of challenges such as recovering an overturned tanker, launching a search and rescue mission for an RAF downed pilot, abseiling down a sheer drop and crossing a water course to erect a navy signal.

The exercise, called Merlin Executive was run itself by fellow work colleagues, who also serve as reservists in the Navy, Marines, Army or RAF in units across Yorkshire and the Humber.

The three-day course, organised by reservist unit the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, was designed to give business people the chance to enhance their personal leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as gain a valuable insight into the transferable skills that reservists develop during similar training exercises.

Xavier Bouchard, who works for Reliance Precision, said: "The whole exercise was enormous fun, although incredibly tiring as well! The environment and challenges you're thrown into are extraordinary, and you learn so much - about yourself as much as the leadership and teamwork skills. The soldiers around us were simply superb - they looked after us brilliantly, and gave us all an experience we'll remember for the rest of our lives."

The Merlin Executive exercise saw over 70 staff from organisations across the region taking part, all of which were mixed up and split into seven teams before carrying out a range of tasks and missions.

A spokesman for the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association in Yorkshire said: "The exercise was a great success and enjoyed by all, but there's also a serious side to the whole event about the benefits a reservist can bring to employers. The training they receive is the same as the regular forces and besides this preparing them for mobilisation to places like Afghanistan, it also provides  them valuable skills in business - motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership to name just a few. We want to encourage employers and employees to consider what the Reserve Forces have to offer, and this is one very exciting way of doing that."

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Article supplied courtesy of The Huddersfield Daily Examiner and image courtesy of Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Yorkshire and the Humber.

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