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Guildford soldier swaps ceremonial duties in Windsor for jungle training

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:20pm 10th November 2015. (Updated at 6:21pm 10th November 2015)

A Guildford born officer has swapped ceremonial duties in Windsor for sweltering heat and torrential rain, training in the heart of an American rainforest.

Captain Jody Bragger (29) has been deployed as a Range Officer to the middle of Belize's rainforest on an exercise code named Mayan Warrior.

He usually serves with the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards (1CG) in Windsor.

During his deployment he will learn how to fight in the jungle and how to navigate and survive amidst the dangers that lay beneath the canopies.  

Captain Bragger reflected on what he has learned during this trip, and a previous visit five years ago as a Platoon Commander:

“It is great to be back and see the training conducted from a different perspective; being the trainer rather than the trainee.

"Its very rewarding to see the guys learning and adapting to the different style of soldering that is required out here.

"Belize offers such a challenging environment and they are having to contend with lots of its aspects  – inparticular heat and fatigue.”

Captain Bragger graduated Churchers College in Pertersfield, Hampshire, in 2004 before heading to Leeds University to study History of Art.

He commissioned into the British Army in 2010 and has since been deployed to Afghanistan and Palistine and on an exercise in Kenya.

In the jungle he will oversee teams put through the final phase of the jungle training on the Ranges.

He said: “It has been a great experience, it’s very satisfying to see some of the guys I trained  at Catterick 6 months ago now conducting jungle training.”

 In 2016 it will be back to ceremonial duties such as marking the Queen's official birthday in the spectacular annual ceremony of Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade.

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