Training Exercises Mirror Real Life Combat Scenarios
Prince George, B.C. – 250News was granted the chance to tag along while local reservists Rocky Mountain Rangers B Company conducted a training session on some private land just east of the city this weekend.
The session – which started last night at 9 p.m. and wrapped up mid-afternoon today – is a chance for the soldiers to put what they’ve been learning into practice.
“This is acting as a validation of infantry skills for these guys,” says Commanding Officer Captain Michael Oviatt.
He says they train overnight – or in the worst conditions possible – so that if they’re called up to the regular force the learning curve isn’t too steep.
The 20-man unit demonstrated their work by replicating an ambush using blank rounds (see video below).
“And you can see it really didn’t go well for these guys (two men simulated injuries). So, if I see someone doing something that in real life might get them injured or killed, then we simulate a casualty.”
Capt. Oviatt has extensive military experience. In fact, he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 where he served a nine-month tour of duty. He uses that experience to help sharpen his units’ skills.
“When we go back to the classroom we’re going to take out the white board and go through what happened here and how we can improve it and what went well for the next time.”