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National Apprenticeship Week 2022: reflecting on my experiences as a DIO apprentice

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A white man wearing hiking gear and carrying a rucksack stands in an open field next to a wooden fence. In the background there is a dry stone wall with hills behind.

As National Apprenticeship Week gets underway, I’d like to offer some reflections on my apprenticeship journey within the DIO corporate communications team, as well as picking out a few personal highlights from my time as an apprentice in DIO. Why …

Encouraging the return of pine martens and red squirrels to Kirkcudbright Training Centre

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Two pine martens standing on rocks. One is looking at the camera. They both have brown fur with pale patches at their throats.

As Deputy Training Safety Officer for Kirkcudbright Training Centre in Dumfries and Galloway, I’ve been spending some of my time on a project designed to help Scotland’s native red squirrels. Kirkcudbright Training Centre is primarily used for infantry training, including …

Storm Arwen: from devastation to woodland regeneration

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The image is an aerial view of a hillside on which there is a large number of fallen or damaged trees.

Hello, I’m Judith Peachey, Forestry Harvesting and Arboriculture Manager at Landmarc Support Services. We work with DIO to manage land and facilities across the MOD’s 190,000 hectares of UK training estate, and my job has a focus on long term …

Ammunition loading jetty for Royal Navy’s surface fleet completed

Shortly before Christmas I was happy to complete a major Defence project which has been occupying a lot of my time over the last few years. On 15th December we handed over the Northern Ammunition Jetty at Glen Mallan to …

Extreme E: An electrifying race weekend at Bovington Training Area

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The photo was taken from the side of the racetrack and shows two Extreme E SUVs passing over a jump. The car in front is on the descent while the other follows closely behind in mid-air over the jump. In the background is a row of trees adjacent to the track.

Over the weekend of 18-19 December 2021, we had the exciting task of hosting the final race of the inaugural season of Extreme E at Bovington Training Area (BTA) in Dorset. Extreme E is an international off-road, electric racing series …

Year in Review: looking back at 2021

A Chinook hovers over a barge holding large bags of aggregate.

To nobody’s surprise, 2021 has presented just as many challenges as 2020. Fortunately, DIO’s teams have been up to the task and have continued to work hard for our Armed Forces customers. Here are some of the highlights of the …

Increasing our capabilities in the sustainable management of the Defence estate

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The photo shows a road which is surrounded on both sides by areas of grass and trees, which are of a healthy, vibrant green appearance.

The DIO Technical Services team is full of expert practitioners in various fields from archaeology to engineering, and now boasts even more expertise than before thanks to the introduction of 18 new posts related to climate resilience and sustainability. The …

Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

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The image is a collage featuring the wheelchair user symbol in various different colours.

Today we are celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities. The day is about promoting the rights and well-being of people with disabilities at every level of society, and raising awareness of challenges, barriers and opportunities for those who live …

Revitalising the sand dune ecology of Braunton Burrows

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The photo shows four men from the explosive ordnance clearance team. They are walking towards the camera over an area of grassy dunes. They are wearing high-vis vests, and are carrying spades and metal detector equipment.

The Braunton Burrows sand dune system on the North Devon coast is the second largest dune system in the UK and a site of international importance for its wildlife and ecology. It’s also an excellent location for military training, with …