Crowborough Challenge 2017

Crowborough Challenge is the largest national Maritime Reserves training event and takes place at Crowborough Camp and Pippingford Park.

Over the weekend, in sweltering hot heat, over 200 Royal Navy and Royal Marine Reservists from across the country carried-out decision making and leadership tasks, whilst undertaking a variety of challenging scenarios to test their practical skills.  This year CrowboroughLife was delighted to have been invited along to observe.

The Royal Navy Reserve is the equivalent of the Army Reserve, or the Territorial Army as it was formerly known.  Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Armed Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career.

On Saturday morning, Major General Munro, addressed the exercising troops along with the Commander of the Maritime Reserves.   Maj Gen Munro is the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserve and Cadets) within the Ministry of Defence, and is the country’s most senior reserve officer.   In his day job, the former Territorial Army paratrooper, is the General Counsel for European operations at Lombard International Assurance.  Maj Gen Munro has been tasked with reaching a target of 35,000 reserve forces by 2020.

The Crowborough Challenge is organised annually by HMS President a “shore establishment” located near Tower Bridge in London.

The exercising troops remained on the Ashdown Forest overnight before returning to the Crowborough Camp in the morning.

Reservists support their full-time counterparts on military or humanitarian operations.  To find-out more about the Reserves and to find you nearest unit see

As part of Armed Forces Week, tomorrow (Wednesday 21st) is Reserve Forces Day when the contribution reservists make to our Armed Forces is acknowledged.  On the day, reservists are encouraged to wear their uniforms to work.  Saturday (24th June) is Armed Forces Day.  To mark the occasion a ceremony will be at Montargis Terrace (next to Waitrose) at 11am (click for more).

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