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Cornish TA troops Train for Afghanistan
7:00am 2nd October 2012
Running though a forest, shooting at the enemy - this is Exercise Leopard Star.
For Rifleman Adam Bugden from Penryn it is a far cry from home: "I work for St Austell Brewery as a drayman and I basically look after my daughter when I have spare time. She still remembers Afghanistan. She was two. She actually asked me to go on holiday there, and I replied - 'No, I don't think so.'"
The training includes ambushes and camp attacks to using the 25 tonne Warrior armoured vehicles. Rifleman Graham Allen from Camborne told Pirate FM teaming up with the regular troops is key: "I think that's more important than anything. If you do go on tour with them you have to work with them then so you should work with them from day one."
The British army is changing. Our troops are set to leave Afghanistan in 2014. With the regulars facing big cuts the TA will double in size. That means more training such as this two week exercise in Germany.
Sergeant Major Tim Row from Redruth has been on five tours in Afghanistan. He said: "Your wife will talk to you and there will be something silly like the heating has gone or something like that and you are having to concentrate on things that are outside your control in Afghanistan. That's probably the worst part of being away really.
"Nothing is done within a week. It takes time to train people. But they will learn. They want to be here. The reason they come here is to be here, to soldier."
Hear the stories of some of those taking part in the exercises here...
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