Part time soldiers from the 6th battallion The Rifles from across the region are away training in Germany at the moment, knowing they're likely to be asked to put those skills to use in Afghanistan next year.
More than a hundred Territorial Army soldiers from across the south west are in Germany at the moment for two weeks intensive training.
Many of them are expecting to be deployed to Afghanistan next year.
They already know they're going to bear a bigger burden of Britain's defence as their regular army colleagues face huge cuts.
In the first of a four part series, our Defence Correspondent John Andrews reports from Germany: