Iraq

Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the training received by Trooper Sarah Masters prior to deployment in Iraq.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

Trooper Sarah Masters was fully qualified and trained to meet "Call Out" criteria for mobilisation as a member of the Territorial Army.

She was mobilised through the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre in early February 2003, before transferring to the Reinforcement Holding Unit, where she completed pre-deployment refresher training on her individual military skills and received the mandatory Theatre specific Pre-Deployment Training package.

Trooper Masters, and her colleagues from the Royal Yeomanry, then spent a three week period undertaking collective training at Salisbury Plain Training Area and Chelsea Barracks, London, before deploying to Iraq, where they undertook a further 10 days of collective training alongside their Regular colleagues.

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