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Signal squadron get the sailor experience

3 March 2016
Recently a group of 22 British Army personnel, from the 228 Signal Squadron, visited the Royal Navy Leadership Academy (RNLA) at HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

On Wed 17 Feb the group, based at Bulford Camp in Wiltshire, began their trip to the naval base in the Royal Arthur Building for a welcome and safety brief, followed by a leadership and team building discussion.

The group also got stuck into the physical and practical aspects of the RNLA, from the Low Ropes exercises to the Practical Leadership Tasks on site.

The purpose of their visit was to explore the contrasts in training and teaching which the Royal Navy offer, gaining wider knowledge of different style of military practices. 

From the time we have spent at HMS Collingwood today it is clear the British Army and the Royal Navy both hold the same values and ethos

Sergeant Wingate

The aspects looked at are most useful at drawing out effective leadership and team-working behaviours respectively, being conducted within a coaching environment where individuals and teams are asked to critically examine their performance, mindset and decision making processes.

Physical activities included challenges which could only be successfully completed within a team, focusing on positive motivational techniques being delivered by their Sergeant.

The group consisted of personnel of various ranks, from Lance Corporal to Private, waiting to begin their promotion courses.

 The head of the group, Sergeant Wingate, said of the visit “From the time we have spent at HMS Collingwood today it is clear the British Army and the Royal Navy both hold the same values and ethos, however it has highlighted the differences in leadership teaching methods and how information can be communicated within a team.

It’s really useful to see the contrasts as it strengthens our knowledge of methods and gives us a diverse outlook on training all together.”

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