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When your heart is in the country: understanding what makes the training estate tick

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An old and damaged armoured vehicle is on the left of the image, with its tracks up on some rubble which is more prominent to the right of the image. Behind it is a large two storey building made of breeze blocks with shuttered windows.

Having recently joined DIO as a Campaigns and Marketing Officer in our Communications team, one of my main responsibilities is to work on our Training Estate Public Safety (TEPS) campaign.  Being new to DIO and the Ministry of Defence as …

Thank you, Ma’am: DIO’s behind-the-scenes contributions to HM The Queen’s funeral

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The bearer party of guardsmen, in red tunics but without their famous bearskins, carry HM The Queen's coffin, draped in the Royal Standard and topped with the Crown Jewels and a bouquet of flowers.

After the sad news of the death of HM The Queen, the eyes of the nation and the world turned to the ceremonial elements that follow the death of a monarch, culminating in a state funeral. The Armed Forces were …

State of the art range tower delivers improved facilities for training troops

A Challenger 2 tank firing. There is a large explosion and smoke coming from the end of the barrel. The day is sunny.

A new state of the art range tower at Castlemartin Range in Pembrokeshire will secure the future for the delivery of tri-service training at Castlemartin. Castlemartin Training Area is large enough for live-firing, tactical battlegroup-level exercises involving multiple Armoured Fighting …

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 …