Mil­i­tary train­ing ses­sion sched­uled for Syd­ney area

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY THE CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

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.

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