30 Welsh reservists have put their navigation skills to the test while on Exercise Dragon Feet in the stunning Snowdonia National Park.

Reservists came together to navigate a 12-mile circuit in the Corris Valley by foot. They completed four manned command check points and eight unmanned check points, which challenged their leadership competences and stamina levels.

The exercise also tested of their natural and learned abilities, such as problem solving and teamwork, in an unfamiliar environment. It was ideal preparation for the group, who are working towards completing the Army Officer Selection Board.

The reservists came from several different units, including; 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, 157 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), Wales University Officer Training Corps (WUOTC), 7 Military Intelligence Battalion and more.

The group, aged between 18 and 55-years-old, came from all walks of life and consisted of police officers, students, HGV drivers, firefighters, postmen and mountain guides.

They undertook an exciting trip around the Corris Slate mine on the second day of the exercise, an experience that aimed to take participants out of their comfort zone to bond and boost self-belief.

The trip was part-funded by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales Welsh Reserve and Cadets Fund, which enables reservists to enhance their everyday lives through adventurous and challenging experiences.

Reservists carry out different roles in their respective reserve units, where the minimum annual requirement is just under 30 days. They are equipped with the skills they need to excel in the Armed Forces and their everyday civilian lives.

There are over 2,200 reservists in Wales. They are ordinary people who come from diverse backgrounds. They give up their spare time to train and serve alongside regular personnel in the Armed Forces. CLICK HERE to find out more about the reserves in Wales.

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