Military training session scheduled for Sydney area
While the rest of Cape Breton will be trying to escape this weekend’s cold, soldiers with the 36 Combat Engineer Regiment will be relishing in it.
An estimated 40-60 soldiers normally stationed at Victoria Park have ventured out to the Sydney rifle range and will remain there until Sunday as they learn to survive in the wintertime.
“Basically, they will be passing basic soldiering in the wintertime — living in tents, snowshoeing and stuff like that,” said Warrant Officer Chad Gale. “Normally, we do this training once a year during the winter.”
According to the Canadian Armed Forces, this type of “realistic training” is required to ensure operational effectiveness.
The local unit was set to move into their training location on Friday evening and remain there through the weekend.
Training activities will see the soldiers conduct military moves while carrying weapons and using blank ammunition.
Residents in the area may experience an increase in noise levels during the training but Gale said most of the exercise will likely go unnoticed by the general public with the exception of military vehicles moving into the training area and then out of it on Sunday.