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                                 It has been a challenging yet immensely rewarding first year as RAPTCI for 32 Regiment Royal Artillery.
32 RA is a highly professional and motivated unit at the spearhead of the Army’s Mini Unmanned Air Systems (MUAS) capability, ready to deploy anywhere in the world. The MUAS is recognised as being at the forefront of modern warfare and the Regiment is held at a constant state of high readiness across its five Batteries based at Larkhill Garrison, Wiltshire.
As soon as I arrived at 32 RA the importance of deployability was made clear, it was and still is imperative to ensure the Regiment is prepared both mentally and physically for the incoming stream of operations and taskings. The recent implementation of the updated ‘Army Physical Training System (APTS)’ has enabled myself and my gym staff to ensure we take a scientific and holistic approach to physical training, maximising soldiers’ performance both on and off Operations.
By far the biggest highlight during my first year in the Regiment was when myself and SSgt Tatton completed a 100- mile ultra-marathon across the Exmoor National Park to raise money for ‘Trees for Troops.’
The Ultra was gruelling and featured a total elevation gain of almost 10,000ft. Completion was achieved in 27hours 29minutes and 26seconds, and with the help of the Woodland Trust we planted a new area of native woodland to commemorate the 457 fallen servicemen and women during the conflict in Afghanistan. Our 457 memorial trees now stand proud in Willesley Woods, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. As a collective, we raised £3,312.50 and I was absolutely overwhelmed with the support shown.
SSgt (SSI) Conway at the Bismarck Challenge with 32 RA team
SSgt (SSI) R Conway RAPTC
 SSgt (SSI) Conway pictured by the Trees for Troops memorial plaque
In October 2022, myself and a small team from 32 RA participated in the Bismarck Relay Challenge at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall. This event sees a team of four participants complete a 16-mile route in relay format whilst carrying a 16kg bergen. Each member of the team must cover four miles as quickly as possible over an undulating route. The team from
SSgt (SSI) Conway at the Cdo Memorial in Scotland with the 32 RA Cdo Speed March team
32 RA performed exceptionally well placing 6th overall. This was a fantastic achievement as it was the first time the Regiment had competed in the event.
Another moment I am immensely proud of is the unit’s participation in the annual ‘Commando Speed March’ which takes place over 6.7 miles of undulating hard standing in Achnacarry, Scotland. There is no denying the build-up training was challenging for all involved and I was definitely challenged both mentally and physically during the event.
Everyone gave their maximum throughout the entire race. Our discipline, motivation and devotion meant the Regiment came in a staggering 2nd place overall – which is a real achievement for all involved!
Throughout the rest of 2023, I look forward to participating in more team events and working closely with my Gym Staff to produce quality physical training that is inspiring and motivating for all members of the Regiment.

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