HC Deb 12 February 2004 vol 417 cc1631-2W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what minimum training requirements are in place for the(a) Regular Army and (b) Territorial Army prior to deployment on operations. [154023]

Mr. Ingram

As a minimum, Regular personnel are to have completed their mandatory Individual Training Directives (Army) and the Pre-Deployment Training package delivered by the Operational Training and Advisory Group.

As a minimum, Territorial Army personnel have to be designated 'Fit For Role' and attend the Reinforcement Holding Unit for an eight day period of intensive revision of their Individual Training Directives (Army) prior to deployment. They also receive the same mandatory theatre-specific Pre-Deployment Training provided to Regular personnel.