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- HISTORIC SUCCESS FOR REGIMENT’S CORPORALS
Cpl Keith Dellipiani
Two RG soldiers have been awarded top grades on the ‘toughest course in the Army,’ a British Forces spokesman said yesterday. Corporals Keith Dellipiani and Lance Mauro have recently returned from Brecon in Wales where they achieved historic results on the Platoon Sergeants Battle Course.
“We are the first RG soldiers ever to have achieved the ‘Distinction’ grade on this course,” said Lance.
Every ‘Senior Brecon’, as the course is known across the Army, tests over eighty Corporals from all Infantry regiments in the British Army. Of the eighty-two soldiers on the recent course, only seven were awarded ‘Distinctions’ – and two of those were from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. Indeed, Lance Mauro’s marks were so high that he was also recommended to be an Instructor on Infantry Training Courses.
“This really is the hardest course in the infantry. It is so tough that our soldiers undergo a Queen’s Division course just to prepare them for the course itself,” confirmed Captain Daniel Romero.
The course prepares infantry corporals for promotion to Sergeant. The syllabus covers tactics and administration as well as the more physical aspects of soldiering. And these physical aspects are certainly demanding – the course contains two mile runs, five mile runs and eight mile runs, all of them in full kit and carrying heavy packs and weapons. These physical tests culminate in a 24 physical mile test over Pen Y Fan, the highest Welsh peak south of Snowden.
The two Corporals are already hard at work preparing for their next tasks – Keith will be working with a platoon of Moroccan soldiers on Exercise Jebel Sahara and, similarly, Lance will be training a team of Moroccan soldiers for the British Army’s tough, Exercise Cambrian Patrol.
Also in Brecon, Lance Corporal Marco Galliano was graded in the top third of soldiers on another of the Army’s tough courses, the Section Commanders’ Battle Course.
Cpl Lance Mauro