The Canadian Scottish Regiment — a Vancouver Island-based Primary Reserve Army unit – conducted an infantry training session Thursday at the Seal Bay training area north of Courtenay.
Armed with blank ammunition, soldiers carried out section attacks, whereby small groups assaulted a defensive position. Each solider carried 20-30 kilograms of equipment, including body armour and protective plates for defence against small arms.
This phase of the program marked the culmination of a summer-long initial infantry training course. Successful troops earn their infantry qualification.
Headquartered in Victoria, the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) has satellite detachments in Nanaimo and the Comox Valley. Seal Bay Armouries — a former transmitter site owned by 19 Wing — is home to half of the regiment’s B or Bravo Company.
Reserve soldiers are volunteers. Besides summer training courses, soldiers typically parade one night a week and one weekend a month.