This week, two British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) personnel were recognised for their long service and conduct.
The BATUK Sergeant and Staff Sergeant were presented with the Long Service Good Conduct (LSGC) medals by their Commander.
Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military)
King George V instituted the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military) in 1930 and replaced the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal as well as the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal.
Regular Army warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the British Army could be awarded the medal. It also had a number of territorial versions for the Permanent Forces of the British Dominions.
The eligibility criteria were later relaxed to also allow the award of the medal to officers who had served a minimum period in the ranks before being commissioned.
British Army Training Unit Kenya – (BATUK)
BATUK is a permanent training support unit based mainly in Nanyuki, 200 km north of Nairobi, but with a small rear element in Nairobi. BATUK provides demanding training to exercising units preparing to deploy on operations or assume high readiness tasks. BATUK consists of around 100 permanent staff and reinforcing short tour cohort of another 280 personnel.
Under an agreement with the Kenyan Government, up to six infantry battalions per year carry out eight-week exercises in Kenya.
Exercises are split into two phases; Live Fire and Tactical Effects Simulation (TESEX), the later with a live enemy. The TESEX system identifies when vehicles have been fired at and damaged / destroyed and also informs soldiers when they are being fired at and if hit what injuries they have sustained.
There are also Royal Engineer exercises which carry out civil engineering projects and medical deployments which provide primary health care assistance to the civilian community.